Theology and Public Philosophy

Theology and Public Philosophy : Four Conversations

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This volume brings together eminent theologians, philosophers and political theorists to discuss such questions as how religious understandings have shaped the moral landscape of contemporary culture; the possible contributions of theology and theologically informed moral argument to contemporary public life; the problem of religious and moral discourse in a pluralistic society; and the proper relationship between religion and more

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  • Hardback | 218 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 12.7mm | 1,474.17g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739166638
  • 9780739166635

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Grasso and Castillo have here assembled a "dream team" of eminent thinkers who seek to deepen and enrich our ideas about the role of religion in public life. The result is a consistently lively and engaging volume, with a strong underlying message for the future: The recovery of a viable public philosophy will almost certainly need to find ways to draw on the substantive resources of religious thought and practice if it is to succeed. -- Wilfred M. McClay, University of Oklahoma It's a rare thing, these days, to find minds capable of untying the knots into which the modern world has tied itself. This book is something rarer still: serious, knot-untying minds in conversation - the kind of conversation that has always been the hallmark of politics and philosophy at their best and most humane. -- George Weigel Theology and Public Philosophy is an immeasurably valuable contribution to the ongoing contemporary debate on the role that theology can play in the development of an authentic public philosophy, especially given the theoretical and practical weaknesses of the liberal intellectual tradition and the models of social and political life that flow from within it. Journal of Markets & Moralityshow more

About Kenneth L. Grasso

Kenneth L. Grasso is professor of political science at Texas State University-San Marcos. Cecilia Rodriguez Castillo is assistant professor of political science at Texas State University-San more

Table of contents

Introduction "Theology and the American Civil Conversation" Kenneth L. Grasso Part I: Religion, Morality, and Modernity's Discontents "The Perils of Moralism" Charles Taylor Responses "Ockham's Children: Nomolatry, Nominalism and Contemporary Moral Culture" Kenneth L. Grasso "Nomolatry and Fidelity" Fred Dallmayr "Moralism and Its Traps" William Schweiker Part II: Theology and the Foundations of Political Authority "'For the Authorities are God's Servants': Is a Theistic Account of Political Authority Still Viable Or Have Humanist Accounts Won the Day?" Nicholas Wolterstorff Responses: "Two Theories, Not One" J. Budziszewski "On the Origin and Nature of Political Authority" Jeanne Heffernan Schindler "Is Consent a Theological Category?" Joshua Mitchell Part III: Religion, Culture and Public Dialogue "Consensus and Commitment: Real People, Religious Reasons and Public Discourse" Robin Lovin Responses: "Reframing the Conversation" Charles Mathewes "Why We Can Talk to Each Other" Jonathan Chaplin "Liberal Democracy: An Alternative to the Idolatry of the Nation State?" Michael L. Budde Part IV: The Problem of Pluralism "Moral Traditions" Jean Porter Responses: "Adjudicating Moral Inquiry: Scientific Reason and/or Dialogical Encounters" Eloise A. Buker "Alasdair MacIntyre: Closet Liberal" Christopher Beem "Taking the American Moral Tradition Seriously" Peter Berkowitz Epilogue: "Concluding Reflection" Jean Bethke Elshtainshow more