Theology, Political Theory, and Pluralism: Beyond Tolerance and Difference

Theology, Political Theory, and Pluralism: Beyond Tolerance and Difference

by Kristen Deede Johnson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521154685

ISBN-13: 9780521154680

Pub. Date: 06/24/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

How can we live together in the midst of our differences? This is one of the most pressing questions of our time. Tolerance has been the bedrock of political liberalism, while proponents of agonistic political thought and radical democracy have sought an answer that allows a deeper celebration of difference. Kristen Deede Johnson describes the move from tolerance

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How can we live together in the midst of our differences? This is one of the most pressing questions of our time. Tolerance has been the bedrock of political liberalism, while proponents of agonistic political thought and radical democracy have sought an answer that allows a deeper celebration of difference. Kristen Deede Johnson describes the move from tolerance to difference, and the accompanying move from epistemology to ontology, within political theory. Building on this 'ontological turn', in search of a theological answer to the question, she puts Augustine into conversation with recent political theorists and theologians. This theological option enables the Church to envision a way to engage with contemporary political society without losing its own embodied story and practices. It contributes to our broader political imagination by offering a picture of rich engagement between the many different particularities that constitute a pluralist society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521154680
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/24/2010
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine Series, #15
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
290
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. The recent journey of liberal tolerance; 3. Beyond tolerance to difference; 4. Augustine and the theological turn; 5. Towards a theology of public conversation; 6. Conclusion.

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