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Political Theology for a Plural Age$
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Michael Jon Kessler

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199769285

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199769285.001.0001

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The Future of Political Theology

The Future of Political Theology

From Crisis to Pluralism

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Political Theology for a Plural Age

Robin Lovin

Oxford University Press

This chapter calls for a pluralistic political theology based on the common pursuit of a diversity of human goods. It argues that an approach to political theology that can engage the problems of modern constitutional democracies must transcend the tired debate between public reason and theology, and develop a framework for understanding democracy that maintains the integrity of both politics and theology. Regardless of the rules of public reason, public life will be filled with the ideas about human goods that people use for guiding social life and the creation of institutions. The chapter develops a pluralist political theology concerned with balancing between the various contexts where the human good is sought based on a realist attention to proximate justice and balancing power in all spheres of politics, not just in the politics of nations.

Keywords:   pluralist political theology, democracy, human goods, justice, power

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