By Hent de Vries, Lawrence E. Sullivan
What has occurred to faith in its current manifestations? lately, Enlightenment secularization, because it seemed within the international unfold of political buildings that relegate the sacred to a personal sphere, turns out without warning to have foundered. all at once, it has came across its personal parochialism-has found, certainly, that secularization may well by no means have taken position at all.With the go back of the religious,in all features of latest social, political, and non secular lifestyles, the query of political theology-of the relation among politicaland religiousdomains-takes on new which means and new urgency. during this groundbreaking booklet, wonderful students from many disciplines-philosophy, political idea, anthropology, classics, and spiritual studies-seek to take the whole degree of this query in latest global. This e-book starts with where of the gods within the Greek polis, then strikes via Augustine's towns and early sleek spiritual debates, to vintage statements approximately political theology by means of such thinkers as Walter Benjamin and Carl Schmitt. Essays additionally think about the centrality of tolerance to liberal democracy, the new French controversy over donning the Muslim scarf, and Bush's God talk.The quantity incorporates a ancient dialogue among Jrgen Habermas and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, concerningthe prepolitical ethical foundations of a republic, and it concludes with explorations of recent, extra open methods of conceptualizing society.