Political Theology for a Plural Age

Paperback | May 14, 2013

EditorMichael Jon Kessler

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Political theology has traditionally explored the legitimization of political authority on the basis of divine revelation and of natural reason informed by religious authority, texts, and traditions. New challenges emerging in the postwar era gave rise to ongoing debate about the place ofreligion in public life, in the United States and in other established democracies, and this debate has dramatically reshaped the way scholars, policymakers, and religious leaders think about political theology. Political Theology for a Plural Age provides historic and contemporary understandings of political engagement in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, engaging political theologies not merely as a set of theoretical concepts but as religious beliefs and principles that motivate specific politicalaction. The essays in this volume, written by leading thinkers and practitioners within each tradition and their secular counterparts, examine a number of core issues at the intersection of religion and politics. They contest the definition of political theology, establish a common discourse acrossthe three Abrahamic traditions, and closely examine how globalization, secularization, and pluralism affect the construction and plausibility of political theologies. Finally, the essays offer insight into how political theologies might adapt to the shared global challenges of the twenty-firstcentury.

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Political theology has traditionally explored the legitimization of political authority on the basis of divine revelation and of natural reason informed by religious authority, texts, and traditions. New challenges emerging in the postwar era gave rise to ongoing debate about the place ofreligion in public life, in the United States an...

Michael Jon Kessler is Associate Director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:May 14, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ContributorsMichael Kessler: IntroductionPart I: Theologies of the Political1. Jose Casanova, Michael Kessler, Mark Lilla, and John Milbank: A ConversationPart II: Domesticating Religion: The Abrahamic Faiths and the Democratic State2. Patrick Deneen: The Great Combination: Modern Political Thought and the Collapse of the Two Cities3. Jerome Copulsky: The Emergence and Development of Liberal Jewish Political Theology4. Eric Gregory: Christianity and the Rise of the Democratic State5. Paul Heck: Is the King a Democrat? The Politics of Islam in MoroccoPart III: Confronting Pluralism: Main Trends in Political Theologies Today6. Michael Kessler: Difference, Resemblance, Dialogue: Some Goals for Comparative Political Theology in a Plural Age7. Elizabeth Bucar: ''Reading'' the Status of Public Theologies: Rhetorical Analysis of the Media Construction of Political Islam8. Robin Lovin: The Future of Political Theology: From Crisis to Pluralism9. David Novak: Doing Political Theology Today10. Charles Mathewes: Augustinian Christian Republican Citizenship11. Jocelyne Cesari: Islamic Political Theologies and International RelationsIndex