Political Theology for a Plural Age

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New challenges that emerged in the postwar era have given rise to ongoing debate about the place of religion in public life, in the United States and in other established democracies, and this debate has dramatically reshaped the way scholars, policymakers, and religious leaders think about political theology. Political Theology for a Plural Age examines historic and contemporary understandings of political engagement in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, engaging political theologies not merely as a set of ...
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New challenges that emerged in the postwar era have given rise to ongoing debate about the place of religion in public life, in the United States and in other established democracies, and this debate has dramatically reshaped the way scholars, policymakers, and religious leaders think about political theology. Political Theology for a Plural Age examines historic and contemporary understandings of political engagement in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, engaging political theologies not merely as a set of theoretical concepts but as religious beliefs and principles that motivate specific political action. The essays in this volume, written by leading thinkers and practitioners within each tradition and their secular counterparts, examine a number of core issues at the intersection of religion and politics. They contest the definition of political theology, establish a common discourse across the three Abrahamic traditions, and closely examine how globalization, secularization, and pluralism affect the construction and plausibility of political theologies. Finally, they offer insight into how political theologies might adapt to the shared global challenges of the twenty-first century.
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"How often do we talk about religion's enormous impact on politics without ever stopping to ponder the insights and challenges of political theology? Thanks to Michael Kessler's extraordinary collection, there will be no excuses for this mistake any longer. Gathered here are some of the very finest thinkers in the field, representing a breathtaking range of traditions and viewpoints. This exciting book deserves a very broad audience." --E. J. Dionne Jr, University Professor in the Foundations of Democracy and Culture, Georgetown University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199769278
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2013
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Kessler is Associate Director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Government, and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. He works in theology, ethics, and the nexus of law, politics, and religion.

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction, Michael Kessler

Part I: Theologies of the Political: A Conversation
José Casanova, Michael Kessler, Mark Lilla, and John Milbank

Part II: Domesticating Religion: The Abrahamic Faiths and the Democratic State
Chapter 2: The Great Combination: Modern Political Thought and the Collapse of the Two Cities, Patrick Deneen
Chapter 3: The Emergence and Development of Liberal Jewish Political Theology, Jerome Copulsky
Chapter 4: Christianity and the Rise of the Democratic State, Eric Gregory
Chapter 5: Is the King a Democrat? The Politics of Islam in Morocco, Paul Heck

Part III: Confronting Pluralism: Main Trends in Political Theologies Today
Chapter 6: Difference, Resemblance, Dialogue: Some Goals for Comparative Political Theology in a Plural Age, Michael Kessler
Chapter 7: ''Reading'' the Status of Public Theologies: Rhetorical Analysis of the Media Construction of Political Islam, Elizabeth Bucar
Chapter 8: The Future of Political Theology: From Crisis to Pluralism, Robin Lovin
Chapter 9: Doing Political Theology Today, David Novak
Chapter 10: Augustinian Christian Republican Citizenship, Charles Mathewes
Chapter 11: Islamic Political Theologies and International Relations, Jocelyne Cesari

Index

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