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Political TheologiesPublic Religions in a Post-Secular World$
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Hent de Vries and Lawrence E. Sullivan

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226443

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226443.001.0001

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Prepolitical Moral Foundations of a Free Republic

Prepolitical Moral Foundations of a Free Republic

(p.261) Prepolitical Moral Foundations of a Free Republic
Political Theologies

Pope Benedict XVI

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In the acceleration of the tempo of historical developments in which we live, two factors seem to stand out above all others as characteristics of a development that, earlier, began only slowly. The first is the formation of a world society in which individual political, economic, and cultural powers depend, more and more, on each other, and come into contact and permeate each other in their different spheres of life. The other is the development of man's possibilities, of his power to make and to destroy, possibilities that, exceeding everything to which we have previously been accustomed, raise the question of the legal and moral control of power. Concretely, it is the task of politics to bring power within the norm of law and in this way to order its sensible application. This chapter discusses the pre-political moral foundations of a free republic, the doctrine of human rights, the connection between nature and reason, interculturality and its consequences, and pathologies in religion and pathologies of reason.

Keywords:   world society, power, law, interculturality, human rights, free republic, moral foundations, politics, nature, reason

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