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Introduction

Hent De Vries

in Political Theologies

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780823226443
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823237043 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823226443.003.0001
Introduction

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This book explores political theologies and contemporary religion in the public domain or “public religions in a post-secular world”. More specifically, it examines religion's engagement with politics (that is, in its juridical, administrative or policy-oriented, national, and international aspects) and the political (that is, with its very concept and its conceptual analogues, such as sovereignty, democracy, etc.). It draws on contributions from distinguished scholars from various disciplines such as philosophy, political theory, anthropology, classics, and religious studies. The discussion begins with the gods of politics in early Greek cities, then moves to the legal separation and accommodation between church and state, the freedom of religion, and the professed confessional-ideological neutrality of government and the public sphere, as well as the permanence of the theologico-political, pluralism, faith, political Islam, and liberal democracy. The views of such thinkers as Walter Benjamin and Carl Schmitt, Baruch Spinoza, Emmanuel Levinas, Franz Rosenzweig, and Saint Augustine are also examined.

Keywords: Saint Augustine; political theologies; politics; church and state; freedom of religion; public sphere; theologico-political; liberal democracy; political Islam; pluralism

Chapter.  44783 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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