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The Pretenses of Loyalty: Locke, Liberal Theory, and American Political Theology

John Perry


This study examines the roots of ongoing debates about religion and politics and also places the early‐modern founders of liberalism in conversation with today's theologians and political philosophers. Beginning with examples that range from Antigone to debates about homosexuality and bans on religious attire, liberalism's promise to definitively solve all theopolitical conflict is seen to be a false hope. The liberal trajectory that runs from John Locke to John Rawls seeks to create a world with sharp boundaries between religious and civic duties. Yet disputes such as the culture wars cannot ... More

Keywords: Locke, Rawls, toleration, religious freedom, culture wars, political theology, liberalism, liberal theory, loyalty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199756544
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756544.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Perry, author
McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics & Public Life, University of Oxford
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