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The Secular City:
Secularization and Urbanization in Theological Perspective
Harvey Cox
With a new introduction by the author

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Introduction to the New Edition xi
The Secular City: Twenty-Five Years Later xli
Acknowledgments lix
Introduction: The Epoch of the Secular City 1

PART ONE: THE COMING OF THE SECULAR CITY 19
1 The Biblical Sources of Secularization 21

  • Secularization vs. Secularism 22
  • Dimensions of Secularization 26
    • Creation as the Disenchantment of Nature 26
    • The Exodus as the Desacralization of Politics 30
    • The Sinai Covenant as the Deconsecration of Values 37

2 The Shape of the Secular City 46

  • Anonymity 47
    • The Man at the Giant Switchboard 49
    • Anonymity as Deliverance from the Law 56
    Mobility 60
    • The Man in the Cloverleaf 62
    • Yahweh and the Baalim 65

3 The Style of the Secular City 72

  • John F. Kennedy and Pragmatism 74
  • Albert Camus and Profanity 84
  • Tillich, Barth, and the Secular Style 94

4 The Secular City in Cross-Cultural Perspective 102

  • New Delhi and India 104
  • Rome and Western Europe 107
  • Prague and Eastern Europe 110
  • Boston and the United States 114

PART TWO: THE CHURCH IN THE SECULAR CITY 123
5 Toward a Theology of Social Change 125

  • The Kingdom of God and the Secular City 131
  • Anatomy of a Revolutionary Theology 135

6 The Church as God's Avant-garde 148

  • The Church's Kerygmatic Function: Broadcasting the Seizure of Power 151
  • The Church's Diakonic Function: Healing the Urban Fractures 157
  • The Church's Koinoniac Function: Making Visible the City of Man 171

7 The Church as Cultural Exorcist 177

PART THREE: EXCURSIONS IN URBAN EXORCISM 195
8 Work and Play in the Secular City 197

  • The Separation of Places of Work and Residence 198
  • The Bureaucratic Organization of Work 204
  • The Emancipation of Work from Religion 214

9 Sex and Secularization 227

  • The Residue of Tribalism 228
  • Remnants of Town Virtues 242

10 The Church and the Secular University 257

PART FOUR: GOD AND THE SECULAR MAN 283
11 To Speak in a Secular Fashion of God 285

    Speaking of God as a Sociological Problem 288
  • Speaking of God as a Political Issue 294
  • Speaking of God as a Theological Question 304

Bibliography 321
Index 329

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