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Crediting God: Sovereignty and Religion in the Age of Global Capitalism

Miguel Vatter


Tocqueville suggested that the people reign in the American political world like God over the universe. This intuition anticipates the crisis in the secularization paradigm that has brought theology back as a fundamental part of sociological and political analysis. It has become more difficult to believe that humanity's progress necessarily leads to atheism, or that it is possible to translate all that is good about religion into reasonable terms acceptable in principle by all, believers as well as nonbelievers. And yet, the spread of Enlightenme ... More

Keywords: Tocqueville, atheism, religion, Enlightenment, public sphere, God, political sovereignty, state-building, political theology, civil religion

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780823233199
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823233199.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miguel Vatter, editor
Department of Political Science, Universidad Diego Portales

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Part One Religion and Polity-building

Part Two The End of the Saeculum and Global Capitalism

Part Three Questioning Sovereignty: Law and Justice

Part Four The Religion of Democracy: Tocqueville Beyond Civil Religion

Chapter 16 Conversion

Thomas L. Dumm

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