Religion and the Transformation of Politics

Avery Cardinal Dulles

in Church and Society

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228621
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236619 | DOI:
Religion and the Transformation of             Politics

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This chapter examines the influence of religion on politics. It looks at the influence of the Church on the political order at three distinct levels: that of particular policy issues, that of Catholic social teaching, and that of personal religion. Taking these three areas in order, it considers the role of the Church with regard to each. The chapter holds that the political order is not self-sufficient. It cannot succeed without a morally good society, and morality cannot be firmly established in the absence of religious faith. It concludes that the Church, even without directly intervening in the political process, can make a major contribution to the political order by shaping the ideas and habits of the persons who constitute the society, making them morally and spiritually capable of responsible self-government.

Keywords: religion; politics; policy issues; Catholic teaching; personal religion

Chapter.  4926 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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