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 behavioral 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

  • Paperback | 280 pages
  • 147.6 x 226.8 x 15.2mm | 403.09g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 073910151X
  • 9780739101513
  • 2,236,084

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: New Christian Thinking in Political Science Part 2 Disciplinary Reconsiderations Chapter 3 From World Views to Research Programs: Toward a Christian Political Science Chapter 4 At the Table? Toward an "Anabaptist" Political Science Part 5 New Thinking in Theory Chapter 6 Rawls, Religion, and Liberalism Chapter 7 Selves in Relation: Theories of Community and Imago Dei Doctrine Chapter 8 Rehabilitating the State in America: Abraham Kuyper's Overlooked Contribution Chapter 9 Deliberation or Agony? Toward a Post-Liberal Christian Democratic Theory Part 10 New Thinking in Policy Chapter 11 Taking Ecclesiology Seriously: Religious Institutions and Healthcare Policy Chapter 12 The State of States: A Perspective on Federalism and Biblically Just Social Policy Chapter 13 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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