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 the relevance of theology and theologically grounded moral reflection to contemporary America's public life and argument. Avoiding the focus on `hot button` issues, shrill polemics and sloganeering that so often dominate discussions of religion and public life, the authors address 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 culture. Indeed, in the conviction that serious conversation about the type of questions being explored in this volume is in short supply today, this volume is organized in a manner designed to foster authentic dialogue.
Each of the book's four sections consists of an original essay by an eminent scholar focusing on a specific aspect of the problem that is the volume's focus followed by three responses that directly engage its argument or explore the broader problematic it addresses. The volume thus takes the form of a dialogue in which the analyses of four eminent scholars are each engaged by three interlocutors.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 17.78mm | 408.23g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0739166646
  • 9780739166642
  • 1,016,517

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 Elshtain
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Review quote

`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.` -- McClay, Wilfred M.
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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 Marcos.
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