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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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Doing Political Theology Today

Doing Political Theology Today

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(p.201) 9 Doing Political Theology Today
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Political Theology for a Plural Age
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David Novak

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199769285.003.0010

This chapter explores how political theology is pitted against the theological control of politics. The task of political theology is to rescue the project of political theology from the suspicions of those who would sever all relation between theology and politics under a secularist model and, on the other hand, those who would identify theology and politics. The chapter examines whether the privatization of religions is the best way to prevent one religious community from attempting to dominate the state at the expense of others, but shows that no religious community can accept being so privatized. It argues for a way to do authentic political theology in a pluralistic, multicultural society through a revitalization of natural law theory, in which even nonreligious persons can come to a good-faith understanding about what biblical revelation presupposes in order to be morally intelligible, even if they themselves cannot affirm it in good faith.

Keywords:   politics, theology, democracy, privatization, religious communities, natural law theory

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