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Religion and Political Thought

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This book provides an essential resource for studies in religion and politics. It is divided into three parts, beginning with an introduction outlining the contemporary relevance of reviewing the relationship between the two subject areas; a brief history of the...


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This book provides an essential resource for studies in religion and politics. It is divided into three parts, beginning with an introduction outlining the contemporary relevance of reviewing the relationship between the two subject areas; a brief history of the interactions between religion and politics that have pertained both in East and the West, and the key concepts that relate these two fields. The second section comprises a selection of classic readings. Beginning with Aristotle, the readings explore the metaphor of the body and its political deployment in the mediaeval period, the concern with sovereignty in early modernity, religion and democracy in Enlightenment Europe, religion and democracy in America, nineteenth-century socialism, and twentieth-century concerns with totalitarianism and democracy. The third section comprises an introductory essay followed by eight full-length essays by contemporary thinkers, exploring key ideas that are currently at the forefront of debates concerning religion and political life. Four of these essay examine how key concepts from this historical legacy have impacted on Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Buddhism. The other four essays examine important contemporary issues, such as the politics of gender and liberation theology or the relationship between democracy and secularism.
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rovides a resource for studies in religion and politics. Divided in three parts, this book outlines the relevance of reviewing the relationship between the two subject areas and the key concepts that relate these two fields. It comprises a selection of readings that explore the metaphor of the body and its political deployment.
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This book provides an essential resource for studies in religion and politics. It is divided into three parts, beginning with an introduction outlining the contemporary relevance of reviewing the relationship between the two subject areas; a brief history of the interactions between religion and politics that have pertained both in East and the West, and the key concepts that relate these two fields. The second section comprises a selection of classic readings. This title is ideal for students of both religion and politics and general readers who are interested in the topics.

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Graham Ward

Graham Ward is Professor of Contextual Theology and Ethics at the University of Manchester. He is the author of numerous articles published throughout the world on theology, critical theory and literary theory. His previous books include Barth, Derrida and the Language of Theology, Theology and Contemporary Critical Theory, The Postmodern God, Radical Orthodoxy, Balthasar at the End of Modernity, and most recently Politics of Discipleship, The: Becoming Postmaterial Citizens. He is also editor of the journal Literature and Theology.

  • I Introduction; Essay On Religion And Political Thought.; Ii Classical Texts; 1. Introduction To And Overview Of The Classical Material Beginning With Aristotle's Analysis Of Different Political Forms Of Governance; 2. The Body Metaphor In Christian Polity; Augustine, Excerpt From 'city Of God'; John Of Salisbury, Excerpt From 'policratus'; Aquinas, Excerpt From 'on Government'; Boniface Viii, 'unam Sanctam'; 3. The Battle For Sovereignty In Early Modernity; Martin Luther, Excerpt From 'an Address To German Noblemen'; Jean Bodin, Excerpt From 'six Books On The Commonwealth'; James I, Excerpt From 'basilicon Doron'; Thomas Hobbes, Excerpt From 'leviathan'; Enlightenment; A) Monarchy And Parliamentarism In Europe; Jean Jacques Rousseau, Excerpt From 'the Social Contract'; Joseph De Maistre, Excerpt From 'on Constitution'; The French Constitution Of 1793; Immanuel Kant, 'what Is Enlightenment?'; B) Democracy And Constitutionalism In The United States; Thomas Paine, Excerpt From 'common Sense'; Constitution Of The United States 1787; Excerpts From The Federalist Papers; Alexis De Tocqueville, Excerpt From 'democracy In America'; 5. From Marx To Socialism; Karl Marx, 'introduction To The Critique Of Hegel's Philosophy Of Right'; Max Weber, Excerpt From 'prostestantism And The Spirit Of Capitalism'; Simone Weil, Excerpt From 'the Need For Roots'; 6. Totalitarian Seduction In Democracy; Carl Schmitt, Excerpt From 'political Theology'; Hannah Arendt, 'banality Of Evil'; Eric Voegelin, Excerpt From 'political Religion'; Iii Current Debates; Giorgio Agamben, Excerpt From 'homo Sacer'; Slavoj Zizek, Excerpt From 'did Anyone Say Totalitarianism?'; Charles Taylor, Excerpt From 'secularism And Democracy'; Johann Baptist Metz, Excerpt From 'new Political Theology'; Marcella Althaus Reid (commissioned Essay On Liberation Theology And Gender Politics); John Zavos (commissioned Essay On Hinduism And Nationalism); Francesca Tarrocco (commissioned Essay On Buddhism And The New China); Andreas Christmann (commissioned Essay On Islamic Fundamentalism).