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Polarization

Daniel K. Finn

in The Moral Dynamics of Economic Life

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780199858354
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949472 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199858354.003.0008
Polarization

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Few features of contemporary life are as debilitating as polarization, the acerbic opposition and at times the mutual demonization that occur across lines dividing people of different fundamental convictions. Pope Benedict’s encyclical Caritas in veritate is founded on the presumption that careful thinking and conversation can assist the Church and each of its members to become clearer in recognizing the truth of the gospel and more receptive to its message, even if it challenges personal or cultural presumptions. This chapter presents the following essays: The Problem of Public Polarization by John L. Allen, Resources for Reducing Polarization in Government by Mary Jo Bane, and Hope in Polarization by Amelia J. Uelmen.

Keywords: Caritas in veritate; Pope Benedict XVI; encyclical; polarization

Chapter.  2917 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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