Theology and the Soul of the Liberal State

Theology and the Soul of the Liberal State

by Leonard V. Kaplan
     
 

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Rising calls in both the United States and abroad for theologizing national agendas has renewed examinations about whether liberal states can accommodate such programs without either endangering citizens' rights or trivializing religious concerns. Conventional wisdom suggests that theology is necessarily unfriendly to the liberal state, but neither philosophical

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Rising calls in both the United States and abroad for theologizing national agendas has renewed examinations about whether liberal states can accommodate such programs without either endangering citizens' rights or trivializing religious concerns. Conventional wisdom suggests that theology is necessarily unfriendly to the liberal state, but neither philosophical analysis nor empirical argument has convincingly established that conclusion. Examining the problem from a variety of perspectives including law, philosophy, history, political theory, and religious studies, the chapters in Theology and the Soul of the Liberal State suggest the possibilities for and limits on what theological reflection might contribute to liberal polities across the globe. Theology and the Soul of the Liberal State suggests that the liberal state cannot keep theology out of public discourse and may even benefit from its intervention, but that their intersection, if potentially beneficial, is always fraught.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739126172
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
02/16/2010
Series:
Graven Images Series
Pages:
438
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Leonard V. Kaplan is Mortimer M. Jackson Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School. Charles L. Cohen is professor of history and religious studies and director of the Lubar Institute for the Study of the Abrahamic Religions at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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