Theology: Life in a Defatalized World

"We shall have to stop talking about 'God' for a while," says Baptist Harvey Cox, an ordained Protestant minister and an assistant professor at Andover Newton Theological School. One of the nation's most radical and respected young Christian thinkers, Cox, 35, tries to go well beyond existentialism and Bultmann-like "demythologizing" in order to program theology for what he believes is a new era in man's history: the age of urban secularization.

"Technopolis," as Cox calls this phenomenon in The Secular City (Macmillan; $1.45), supersedes not only early tribal society but also the...

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