Reaping the Whirlwind: Liberal Democracy and the Religious Axis / Edition 2

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About the Author:
John R. Pottenger is an associate professor of political science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville

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"In this fascinating book... Pottenger examines critically the challenges to liberal democracies and concludes that the constitutional structure of the modern liberal-democratic state has the potential to contain the whirlwind of religious sectarianism resulting from its commitment to religious freedom and diversity. This book displays impressive scholarship in political theory, religion and politics in the United States, and knowledge of comparative politics." -- Mary Segers, professor, Department of Political Science, Rutgers University

"John Pottenger approaches religion and its multiple manifestations with learning and empathy, the same qualities that inform his understanding of liberal democracy. As he points to the merits of contemporary religious expression across many borders and in many varieties, he also notes the challenges if not dangers such expression poses for the political and religious freedoms so tenuously acquired in recent times. His analysis is clear and probing, which makes his recommendations all the more persuasive and timely." -- Charles Butterworth, professor, Department of Government & Politics, University of Maryland

"Challenges the reader to look at the role of the state in resolving the tensions between religious values and social harmony as well as the difficulty of balancing individual freedom and the common good. [Pottenger] asks the big questions -- and comes up with meaningful answers. This is a must read for those who want to explore below the surface of civil society." -- Jo Renee Formicola, professor, Department of Political Science, Seton Hall University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589011694
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Series: Religion and Politics Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

John R. Pottenger is an associate professor of political science at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. He is the author of The Political Theory of Liberation Theology.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Introduction     1
Religion and Politics     7
Mixing Religion and Politics: The Case of the Ten Commandments     11
Religion, History, and Logic: The Genetic Fallacy     32
The Foundation and Structure of the Modern State     45
Axes of History: Abandoning the Universal Christian Commonwealth     47
The Religious Axis: Rationality, Conscience, and Liberty     67
Constitutional Protection: America, Religious Liberty, and the Factional Imperative     92
Challengers to Liberal Democracy and the Religious Axis     123
Mormons and Evangelicals: Uneasy Coalitions in the Public Square     127
Liberation Theology's Methodological Insurgency: Confronting Liberal Democracy     157
Islam and the State: Modifying Liberal Democracy     184
Christian Reconstructionism: Defying the Religious Axis     208
Conclusion     241
The End of Civil Society     243
Notes     261
Bibliography     301
Index     325
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