Christianity And Liberal Society

Paperback | January 31, 2006

byRobert Song

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Liberalism forms the dominant political ideology of the modern world, but despite its pervasive influence, this is the first book-length treatment of liberal political thought from a Christian theological perspective. Song discusses the different aspects and interpretations of liberalism withreference to the critiques of three twentieth-century theologians: the American Protestant Reinhold Niebuhr on the liberal progressivist philosophy of history; the lesser-known Canadian George Grant on the threat of technology to fundamental liberal values, as articulated in the recent work of JohnRawls; and the French Thomist Jacques Maritain on the defence of political pluralism. Further to this, Song explores the implications of this political theology for the issues in fundamental constitutional theory raised by a bill of rights and judicial review of legislation, and concludes with anaccount of the critical but supportive stance of liberalism Christian theology should take.

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Liberalism forms the dominant political ideology of the modern world, but despite its pervasive influence, this is the first book-length treatment of liberal political thought from a Christian theological perspective. Song discusses the different aspects and interpretations of liberalism withreference to the critiques of three twentie...

Robert Song is Tutor in Ethics, St John's College, Durham

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:January 31, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198269331

ISBN - 13:9780198269335

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. An Interpretation of LIberalism3. Reinhold Niebuhr and the Liberal Philosophy of History4. George Grant and the Basis of Liberal Values5. Jacques Maritain and the Liberal Defence of Pluralism6. The Central Problem of Liberal Constitutional Theory7. Christianity and Liberal Society

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`Many books have been written recently about theology and liberalism in general, but very few, like this useful study by Robert Song, engage in details with the interaction between theology, and liberal political theory ...This is a good book, carefully and responsibly argued, showing that thetradition of Christian democratic thought is alive and well among Evangelicals as well as Catholics.'Theology