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Transforming Faith: Individual and Community in H. Richard Niebuhr by Joshua Daniel (review)

Transforming Faith: Individual and Community in H. Richard Niebuhr by Joshua Daniel (review) Volume 39, n o. 2, m ay 2018 81 but as a moral faith and mode of being. And yet, b ush shows us, this moral faith is not enough for James; democratic commitment requires nothing less than religious faith. What precisely this religiousness adds is a sort of endurance of which d ewey’s is allegedly incapable. And, insofar as “our commitment to democracy must outrun the available evidence for its attainability,” it is neces- sary (221). Again, this insistence upon transcendence is guaranteed to exclude many who lack any plausibility structure for such transcendence. b ush admits as much, but, despite a passing acknowledgment, he makes regrettably little effort to reconcile this fact with the welter of examples that contest the claim that transcendence is necessary for democratic hope. While i had hoped he would say more about the nature, not just the need, of this transcendence, b ush makes admirable strides in his effort to rationally reconstruct James for a contemporary audience. h is breadth of understanding makes him not only an adept writer but also a patient teacher who anticipates a reader’s suspicions and promptly assuages them. This is an experience that many readers are sure http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Journal of Theology & Philosophy University of Illinois Press

Transforming Faith: Individual and Community in H. Richard Niebuhr by Joshua Daniel (review)

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Volume 39, n o. 2, m ay 2018 81 but as a moral faith and mode of being. And yet, b ush shows us, this moral faith is not enough for James; democratic commitment requires nothing less than religious faith. What precisely this religiousness adds is a sort of endurance of which d ewey’s is allegedly incapable. And, insofar as “our commitment to democracy must outrun the available evidence for its attainability,” it is neces- sary (221). Again, this insistence upon transcendence is guaranteed to exclude many who lack any plausibility structure for such transcendence. b ush admits as much, but, despite a passing acknowledgment, he makes regrettably little effort to reconcile this fact with the welter of examples that contest the claim that transcendence is necessary for democratic hope. While i had hoped he would say more about the nature, not just the need, of this transcendence, b ush makes admirable strides in his effort to rationally reconstruct James for a contemporary audience. h is breadth of understanding makes him not only an adept writer but also a patient teacher who anticipates a reader’s suspicions and promptly assuages them. This is an experience that many readers are sure

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American Journal of Theology & PhilosophyUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Aug 24, 2018

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