Theology and the Soul of the Liberal State

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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, ...

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Overview

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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780739126172
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 2/16/2010
  • 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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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Charles L. Cohen Leonard V. Kaplan 1

Part I The Nature of Religious Argument

1 Naked in the Public Square: Depth of Commitment in the Liberal State Today Lenn E. Goodman 25

2 Social Contract in Modern Jewish Thought: A Theological Critique David Novak 53

3 Justices Story and Holmes in the Realm of the "Brooding Omnipresence" Ann Althouse 77

4 Theology, Society, and the Vocation of the University Arnold M. Eisen 91

Part II Theologies of the Marketplace

5 St. Augustine, Markets, and the Liberal Polity Elizabeth Mensch 121

6 When Markets and Gambling Converge David A. Skeel, Jr. 161

Part III European Perspectives

7 A Theological Case for the Liberal Democratic State Nicholas Wolterstorff 183

8 Preserving the Natural: Karl Barth, The Barmen Declaration: Article 5, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Ethics Carl J. Rasmussen 201

9 Materialism and Transcendence John Milbank 221

Part IV Asian Perspectives

10 A Jewish and Democratic State: A Normative Perspective Aviezer Ravitzky 255

11 In the Shadows of Modernity? Theology and Sovereignty in South Asian Islam Ayesha Jalal 269

12 A Constitutional Analysis of the Secularization of the Tibetan Diaspora: The Role of the Dalai Lama Lobsang Sangay 291

Part V Religion and Terror

13 Grave Images: Terror and Justice Regina M. Schwartz 323

14 Compassion, Knowledge, and Power: A Tibetan Approach to Politics and Religion John D. Dunne 341

Conclusion 363

Index 379

About the Contributors 391

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