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Political Theologies: Public Religions in a Post-Secular World

Hent de Vries and Lawrence E. Sullivan

Abstract

What has happened to religion in its present manifestations? In recent years, Enlightenment secularization, as it appeared in the global spread of political structures that relegate the sacred to a private sphere, seems suddenly to have foundered. Unexpectedly, it has discovered its own parochialism—has discovered, indeed, that secularization may never have taken place at all. With the “return of the religious”, in all aspects of contemporary social, political, and religious life, the question of political theology—of the relation between “politi ... More

Keywords: religion, Enlightenment secularization, parochialism, political theology, gods, Greek polis, Augustine cities, Walter Benjamin, Carl Schmitt, liberal democracy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780823226443
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823226443.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Hent de Vries, editor

Lawrence E. Sullivan, editor

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Introduction

Hent De Vries

Part I What Are Political Theologies?

Church, State, Resistance

Jean-Luc Nancy

On the Names of God

Laclau Ernesto

Part II Beyond Tolerance: Pluralism and Agonistic Reason

Bush's God Talk

Bruce Lincoln

Pluralism and Faith

William E. Connolly

Part III Democratic Republicanism, Secularism, and Beyond

Part IV Opening Societies and the Rights of the Human