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Introduction Crediting God with Sovereignty

Miguel Vatter

in Crediting God

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780823233199
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823233212 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823233199.003.0001
Introduction Crediting God with Sovereignty

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The spirit of this collection is the Wittgensteinian one of giving a perspicuous overview of a landscape, which naturally implies that many important features will be passed over, in all senses of the term. The volume does not pretend to have either a systematic or an encyclopedic goal; thus, not all of the major world religions receive due treatment, nor are all the disciplines of the human sciences represented. What ties these chapters together and gives them coherence, instead, is that they explore different facets of one and the same hypothesis: the relation between religion and politics nowadays inevitably passes through the questioning of the relation between God (or the divine) and the concept of sovereignty. That the analogy between God and sovereignty can be questioned and is questionable is reflected by the fact that God needs to be credited with sovereignty. This chapter explores the meanings of this hypothesis. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: religion; politics; God; sovereignty

Chapter.  11024 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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