The Re-enchantment of Political Science

The Re-enchantment of Political Science : Christian Scholars Engage Their Discipline

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Religion and politics appear together in newspaper headlines more today than ever before. Questions about the relationship between religion and politics - on theoretical, historical and behavioural levels - are likewise heavily debated behind the front pages, by scholars in political science who demonstrate the "new Christian thinking". "The Re-Enchantment of Political Science" engages these scholars in an interdisciplinary conversation concerning the identity and ends of Christian political science. It considers whether and to what extent the community of Christian scholarship, within its own narrative religious traditions can add a distinctive and significant dimension to the discipline of political science. Contributors also explore how the new Christian thinking informs political theory and its subfields, including liberalism, communitarianism and critical theory. Finally, the book describes how policy studies are possible within a Christian framework using standard scholarly tools of analysis.
"The Re-Enchantment of Political Science", in revealing the growing theoretical and methodological sophistication of faith-informed political science, charts the terrain of political science today.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.5 x 20.3mm | 453.6g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739101501
  • 9780739101506

Table of contents

Introduction: new Christian thinking in political science. Part 1 Disciplinary reconsiderations: from world views to research programmes - towards a Christian political science; at the table? towards an "Anabaptist" political science. Part 2 New thinking in theory: religion, and liberalism; selves in relation - theories of community and "Imago Dei" doctrine; rehabilitating the state in America - Abraham Kupyer's overlooked contribution; deliberation or agony? towards a post-liberal Christian Democratic theory. Part 3 New thinking in policy: taking ecclesiology seriously - religious institutions and healthcare policy; the state of states - a perspective on Federalism and biblically just social policy; the Christian case for humanitarian intervention.
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About Thomas W. Heilke

Thomas W. Heilke is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Kansas. He is the author of Eric Voegelin: In Search of Reality (1999) and Nietzsche's Tragic Regime: Culture, Aesthetics, and Political Education (1998). Ashley Woodiwiss is Associate Professor of Political Science at Wheaton College.
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