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Political Theologies: Public Religions in a Post-Secular World by Hent de Vries,Lawrence E. Sullivan

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What has happened to religion in its present manifestations? In recent years, Enlightenment secularization, as it appeared in the global spread of political structures that relegate the sacred to a private sphere, seems suddenly to have foundered. Unexpectedly, it has discovered its own parochialism―has discovered, indeed, that secularization may never have taken place at all.

With the “return of the religious,” in all aspects of contemporary social, political, and religious life, the question of political theology―of the relation between “political” and “religious” domains―takes on new meaning and new urgency. In this groundbreaking book, distinguished scholars from many disciplines―philosophy, political theory, anthropology, classics, and religious studies―seek to take the full measure of this question in today’s world.

This book begins with the place of the gods in the Greek polis, then moves through Augustine’s two cities and early modern religious debates, to classic statements about political theology by such thinkers as Walter Benjamin and Carl Schmitt. Essays also consider the centrality of tolerance to liberal democracy, the recent French controversy over wearing the Muslim headscarf, and “Bush’s God talk.” The volume includes a historic discussion between Jürgen Habermas and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, concerningthe prepolitical moral foundations of a republic, and it concludes with explorations of new, more open ways of conceptualizing society.

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This is a required reference and reader for serious students and teachers of religion, theology, philosophy, politics and sociology. As a masterful job of editing, this anthology brings together a multiplicity of erudite thinkers, discussing political theology from multiple perspectives. Its companion text, Religion: Beyond a Concept, is also highly recommended. I consider these volumes two of the most valuable texts in my personal library, and I am certain that I will be returning to them many, many times for clarifications, for insights, and for a better understanding of both political theology and related fields of inquiry.
This is a great book that I bought. Wasn't really sure before buying it as one of my friends recommended that book earlier. And I was a little anxious about the price as well. But when I received the book, and started
reading the assembled articles, it turns out to be one of those books that
one may wish to encounter in every 10 - 15 years. Awesome collection of brilliant essays, illuminating, challenging, and insightful, provoked me at least to further my interests in this direction.

ISBN: 082322645X

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ISBN13: 978-0823226450

Publisher: Fordham University Press; 1 edition (November 15, 2006)

Language: English

Subcategory: World

Pages: 800

Political Theologies: Public Religions in a Post-Secular World
Author: Hent de Vries,Lawrence E. Sullivan
Title: Political Theologies: Public Religions in a Post-Secular World