Politics, Theology and History

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Cambridge University Press, 2001 M01 29 - 380 pages
Politics, Theology and History, first published in 2001, is a major book by a prominent academic and an active politician. It ranges widely across the disciplines of theology, political theory and philosophy and poses acute questions about the basic moral foundations of liberal societies. Lord Plant focuses on the role that religious belief can and ought to play in argument about public policy in a pluralistic society. He examines the potential political implications of Christian belief and the ways in which it may be deployed in political debate. The book discusses the place of religious belief in the formation of policy and asks what issues in modern society might be the legitimate objects of a Christian social and political concern. This important study of the relationship between religion and politics will be of value to students, academics, politicians, church professionals, policy makers and all concerned with the moral fabric of contemporary life.
 

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Contents

Preface
xiii
Liberal society and political theology
1
The possibility of political theology
23
Theology and politics context community and prophecy
25
God history and political theology
44
Totality finitude and history
79
Narratives and foundations
112
Natural law and natural order
142
Social justice freedom and the common good
196
Human rights human dignity and the scope of responsibility
224
Self and community
257
Liberalism religion and social unity
297
Introduction
299
Policy and pluralism
303
The civil community the religious community and the unity of society
330
Select bibliography
360

The site of political theology
171
Introduction
173
Markets morality and theology
177

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