An exploration of the modern faith condition
Scott, Sherol Elizabeth
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An examination of faith influenced by the thought of H. Richard Niebuhr in which faith is understood to be a universal aspect of existence that involves the interrelation of three characteristics: belief, trust and loyalty. Also included is a description of Niebuhr's understanding of radical monotheism as the ideal form of faith. An exploration of faith’s status in our modern society supports the claim that increased individualism and consumerism impede the healthy faith relationships needed to embody radical monotheism. Niebuhr's understanding of faith and the consequences of fluid modernity are applied to the novel, Life After God, by Douglas Coupland. This particular novel provides an excellent example of one character's search for a meaningful existence and a healthy faith despite the pressures of modernity.