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Do Christians Have Good Reasons for Supporting Liberal Democracy?

Nicholas Wolterstorff and Terence Cuneo

in Understanding Liberal Democracy

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199558957
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744808 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199558957.003.0014
Do Christians Have Good Reasons for Supporting Liberal Democracy?

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This paper traces the history of Christian political thought, noting that it has shifted from a perfectionist understanding of government to a protectionist understanding. A protectionist understanding places a very high priority on the government's preventing (and itself avoiding) the great evil of violating persons. Liberal democracy is fundamentally protectionist in its orientation. If one attends to the nature and worth of the person and recognizes the great evil of violating persons, then one can see that the liberal polity is of inherent worth. Accordingly, Christians have good reasons to support it.

Keywords: Adams; Robert; Aquinas; Thomas; Audi; Robert; Calvin; John; natural rights; Rawls; John; worth of persons; violation of persons

Chapter.  10591 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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