Civilizing Authority

Civilizing Authority : Society, State, and Church

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All phases of our social life depend on authority; without it, families, schools, corporations, churches, and civil governments would cease to exist, and human life with them. Civilizing Authority explores the essential commonalities of authority across the spectrum of human living; it also probes the risk that authoritarian abuse will arrive to compensate for the elusiveness of genuine authority in a post-Christian, materialist more

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  • Hardback | 252 pages
  • 149.86 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 521.63g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739118064
  • 9780739118061

Review quote

An education and a delight, Civilizing Authority is like participating in a rich and provocative conversation, about questions that are both timely and timeless, among learned friends. -- Richard Garnett, University of Notre Dame These elegant essays offer a bold and bracing new understanding of the province and power of authority in Scripture and tradition, conscience and community, church and state-as well as a sage rebuke of the growing numbers of authoritarians and antinomians among us. -- John Witte Jr. In an era in which authority seems to be slipping away (or to be emerging in the pathological form of authoritarianism) this welcome volume gives us ten distinguished authors addressing from their distinct perspectives the nature of authority, its loss, and its perversion, topics that are crucial not only to the law, but to the legitimacy of the social order itself. -- James Boyd White, University of Michiganshow more

About Patrick McKinley Brennan

Patrick McKinley Brennan is professor of law and John F. Scarpa Chair in Catholic legal studies at Villanova more

Table of contents

Part 1 Foreword Part 2 Introduction Part 3 Part I: The Spectrum of the Authority Experience Today Chapter 4 Authority and Reality Chapter 5 The Disappearance of Authority and the Elusiveness of Nonnatural Authority Chapter 6 Authority in the Church Part 7 Part II: Philosophies of Authority Chapter 8 Authority and Liberty Chapter 9 Does Authority Invite or Command? Chapter 10 A Rock on Which One Can Build: Friendship, Solidarity, and the Notion of Authority Chapter 11 Society, Subsidiarity, and Authority in Catholic Social Thought Part 12 Part III: Authority in Law? Chapter 13 How a Constitution May Undermine Constitutionalism Chapter 14 Locating Authority in Law Chapter 15 "Hollow Men?" Law and the Declension of Beliefshow more