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The Fabric of Hope: An Essay

The Fabric of Hope: An Essay

by Glenn Tinder


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This superb new volume is addressed to everyone interested in hope, regardless of their religious or philosophical beliefs. Glenn Tinder, one of our most astute and creative thinkers, probes the failure of modern, secular hope and shows, with great sensitivity and openness, why the tenets of Christian faith offer a true and meaningful source for hope amid the widespread distress, confusion, and despondency of contemporary life.

From The Critics
Jean Bethke Elshtain
Glenn Tinder argues compellingly that modern despondency flows from a collapse of unreasonable optimism about our individual and collective prospects. By contrast to despondency and brittle optimism, Tinder calls for a renewal of hope. Framed by Christian belief, Tinder's elegant essay reaches out to appeal to all men and women troubled by our current condition. A beautifully written and touching work.

Michael Novak
Tinder's weighty essay on the nature, spirituality, and politics of hope offers an illuminating perspective on a central pillar of civilization.

Mary Ann Glendon
"A pristine intellectual and spiritual achievement by one of the most penetrating thinkers. of our day"

Richard John Neuhaus
"With this essay Tinder once again vindicated his reputation as one of the most incisive thinkers and graceful writers working today. His is a most powerful argument that only a hope that has come to terms with all the reasons for despair can sustain us into a future that we do not and cannot control. Tinder's wisdom is in knowing that attention to first things requires facing up to last things."

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802848574
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 02/12/2007
Series: Emory University Studies in Law and Religion
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

Glenn Tinder is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. His other books include Political Thinking (now in its sixth edition) and The Political Meaning of Christianity.

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