S.I. Strong. Transforming Religious Liberties: A New Theory of Religious Rights for National and International Legal Systems. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018. Hardback, e-book. 374 pp. ISBN-10: 1107179332. For centuries, policymakers have struggled to identify the best way to address the relationship between law and religion in religiously pluralist states. […]Read More
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Political Theology, Volume 18, Issue 5, August 2017 is now available electronically at Taylor & Francis Online. This new issue contains the following articles: “Establishment Radical: Assessing the Legacy of Reinhold Niebuhr’s Reflections on the End of an Era“ Jeremy Luis Sabella Pages: 377-398 | DOI: 10.1179/1462317X15Z.000000000176 Abstract This article argues that Reinhold […]Read More
Why Exactly Does Political Theology Need To Become A “Real Discipline”? – A Response To Jonathan Cole (Edwin Bacon)
The following is a lengthy response to Jonathan Coles’ article entitled “Christian Political Theology Needs To Grow Up And Become A Real Discipline” published on Oct. 5. Jonathan Cole’s recent post argued that Christian political theology needs to grow up and become a real discipline. Reading Cole’s arguments elicited from me delighted […]Read More
This themed issue of Political Theology is devoted to a roundtable discussion of Religious Pluralism and Values in the Public Sphere by Lenn E. Goodman, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Vanderbilt University. His conversation partners are: Professor Alan Mittleman, Professor of Jewish Thought at the Jewish Theological […]Read More
Issue 16.1 of the journal Political Theology is devoted to theology, plurality and society. Below guest editor, Dr. Peter Scott, introduces the issue.
Must a religiously plural society fall apart? How does theology process plurality? This special issue of Political Theology addresses the issue of plurality from a variety of theological perspectives. It began life as an attempt to respond to an earlier special issue of the journal, which assessed critically the political and theological phenomenon of Red Toryism. In the earlier volume, there was persistent criticism of an appeal to a common tradition in the context of a religiously plural society.
The stark repetition of the admonition to being of one mind in the first and last phrases is particularly arresting, and particularly challenging for us today. After all, for contemporary liberalism, being of one mind is no virtue, and the same could be said for most contemporary Christians. We no longer think of pluralism as simply a pragmatic political strategy for negotiating irresolvable difference, but as a good in itself. It is difference, we say, that makes us strong, tolerance and indeed embrace of otherness.Read More
The December 2013 (14.6) issue of Political Theology is primarily devoted to discussing Miroslav Volf’s A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good (Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2011), which explores the challenges of Christian witness in the complex, pluralistic setting of our globalized world, where […]Read More
Re-thinking the intersection of law and religion today tends to proceed from a concern for the limits of religious freedom and a critique of the foundational historical, social, and cultural presumptions about religion that are seen to undercut or frustrate the possibility of advancing religious freedom.Read More
With conservative and evangelical ethicists falling dramatically off the anti-gay-marriage bandwagon at a remarkable pace, superstar theologian David Bentley Hart’s essay “Is, Ought, and Nature’s Laws” last month in First Things came like a spark on a dry pile of tinder. Challenging the optimism of many contemporary Catholic thinkers (and recently many evangelical thinkers as well) that natural law arguments can provide a convincing, broadly-appealing basis for opposition to gay marriage legislation, Hart provoked a tide of responses and counter-responses in the blogosphere, which continues even now. For at stake in Hart’s remarks were not merely how conservatives should and shouldn’t engage in gay marriage debates, but the nature of the public square and of natural law itself, the foundation upon which so much Christian political theory has been built over the centuries.
Rather than attempting to weigh in with yet another contribution to the wide-ranging debate, I will merely seek to provide here something of an annotated catalogue of the more significant blasts and counter-blastsRead More