Natural Law and Evangelical Political Thought

Natural Law and Evangelical Political Thought

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This volume explores the problems and prospects attending evangelical engagement with natural law as a key feature for political thought. Engaging theology, philosophy, political theory and biblical studies, many contributors are optimistic about the prospects of evangelical re-appropriation of natural law, but note ways in which evangelical commitments might lend distinctive shape to this more

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 27.94mm | 612.35g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739173227
  • 9780739173220
  • 1,495,532

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In this excellent, scholarly volume, thoughtful essays by J.D. Charles, R. George, and others examine the reticence of most modern evangelicals to the claims of natural law theory. Religious Studies Review An important contribution to the literature on evangelical political thought. The authors tackle a critical topic with interesting and diverse arguments, analyses, and insights. Highly recommended. -- David L. Weeks, Azusa Pacific University This volume offers both substantial reflection on the concept of natural law in particular and encouraging signs of serious evangelical thought in general. Because of the volume's high level of careful engagement, the book deserves a wide readership from political theorists as well as at least some political activists. -- Mark A. Noll, University of Notre Dame Professors Covington, McGraw, and Watson have assembled a fine collection of essays that analyzes the ways in which evangelical theologians can and should engage natural law's intellectual pedigree and contemporary relevance. Three strengths of the book are (1) its insightful critiques of voluntarism; (2) its articulation of natural law's amenability to a common language for public reasoning and discourse; and (3) its helpful appraisal of natural law's Achilles tendon, that is, its susceptibility to being co-opted by the status quo. Journal of Markets & Moralityshow more

About Jesse Covington

Jesse Covington is assistant professor of political science at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA. Bryan McGraw is an assistant professor of politics and international relations at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL. Micah Watson is director of the Center for Politics & Religion and assistant professor of political science at Union University in Jackson, more

Table of contents

Introduction Part I: Understanding Evangelical Discomfort with Natural Law Chapter 1: Burying the Wrong Corpse: Evangelicals and Natural Law J. Daryl Charles, Bryan College Chapter 2: Karl Barth's Eschatological (rejection of) Natural Law Jesse Couenhoven, Villanova University Chapter 3: The Doctrine of Creation and the Possibilities of an Evangelical Natural Law Bryan McGraw, Wheaton College Part II: Evangelicalism and Natural Law: Continuing Questions Chapter 4: Natural Law and Mosaic Law in the Theology of Paul: Their Relationship and Its Implications David VanDrunen, Westminster Seminary California Chapter 5: Natural Law, God, and Human Dignity Robert George, Princeton University Chapter 6: Reason and Will in Natural Law Paul DeHart, Texas State University-San Marcos Chapter 7: Natural Law: Friend of Common Grace? Vincent Bacote, Wheaton College Part III: An Evangelical Natural Law Tradition? Charting a Path Forward Chapter 8: The Grammar of Virtue: St. Augustine and the Natural Law Jesse Covington, Westmont College Chapter 9: C.S. Lewis as Natural Law Evangelist: Evangelical Political Thought and the People in the Pew Micah Watson, Union University Chapter 10: The Natural Law and the Church as 'Counter-Polis' Matthew D. Wright, Biola University Chapter 11: More Than a Passing Fancy? The Evangelical Engagement with Natural Law J. Budziszewski, University of Texas, Austinshow more

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