Faith, Morality, and Civil Society

Faith, Morality, and Civil Society

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In this rich collection of essays, editors Dale McConkey and Peter Augustine Lawler explore the contributions that religious faith and morality can make to a civil society. Though the level of religious expression has remained high in the United States, the shift from traditional religious beliefs to a far more individualized style of faith has led many to contend that no faith commitment, collective or personal, should contribute to the vibrancy of a civil democratic society. Challenging those who believe that the private realm is the only appropriate locus of religious belief, the contributors to this volume believe that religion can inform and invigorate the secular institutions of society such as education, economics, and politics. Drawn from a wide variety of religious and moral traditions, these diverse essays show, from many perspectives, the important contribution religion has to make in the public square that is civil society.
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  • Paperback | 250 pages
  • 154.9 x 228.6 x 18.8mm | 371.95g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • bibliog , index
  • 0739104837
  • 9780739104835
  • 1,815,695

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In its methodological diversity, its wide range of concerns, and its attention to the dynamics of American religion and pluralism, this volume will contribute to the ongoing attempt-academically and, one hopes, practically-of navigating "our" way into the American 21st century. -- Andrew R. Murphy Journal Of The Scientific Study Of Religion
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About Dale D. McConkey

Dale McConkey is Associate Professor of Sociology at Berry College. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Christian Sociologist, and the coeditor, with Peter Augustine Lawler, of Faith, Reason, and Political Life Today (Lexington Books, 2001), Social Structures, Social Capital, and Personal Freedom (2000), and Community and Political Thought Today (1998). Peter Augustine Lawler is Professor of Government at Berry College.
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Table of contents

Part 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Potential for Pluralism: Religious Responses to the Triumph of Theory and Method in American Academia Chapter 3 Neo-Calvinist Social Thought and Civic Education Chapter 4 The Principle of Subsidiarity and the Agrarian Ideal Chapter 5 The Varieties of Democratic Experience Chapter 6 The Changing Landscape of Religion and Politics in America: The 2000 Presidential Elections Chapter 7 Holy Books, Not Pocketbooks: Religious and Cultural Influences on the 2000 Presidential Election Chapter 8 Religious Civility, Civil Society, and Charitable Choice: Faith-Based Poverty Relief in the Post-Welfare Era Chapter 9 Speech, Not Religion: The Dilemma of Religious Conservatives in the Public Square Chapter 10 Faith, Tolerance, and Civil Society Chapter 11 Aliens and Citizens: Competing Models of Political Involvement in Contemporary Christian Social Ethics Chapter 12 Inverted Morality Chapter 13 From Virtues to Values: Some Opening Thoughts
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