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Politics as a Christian Vocation : Faith and Democracy Today - Franklin I. Gamwell

Politics as a Christian Vocation

Faith and Democracy Today

Hardcover Published: 29th November 2011
ISBN: 9780521838764
Number Of Pages: 198

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Many democratic citizens, including many Christians, think that separation of religion from the state means the exclusion of religious beliefs from the political process. That view is mistaken. Both democracy and Christian faith, this book shows, call all Christians to make their beliefs effective in politics. But the discussion here differs from others. Most have trouble relating religion to democratic discussion and debate because they assume that religious differences cannot be publicly debated. Against this majority view, this book argues that Christian faith belongs in politics because it shares with democracy a full commitment to rational pursuit of the truth. The book then develops ideals of justice and the common good Christians should advocate within the democratic process and shows the difference they make for contemporary politics in the United States, focusing specifically on issues of abortion, affirmative action, and economic distribution.

'At a time when there is so much spin, and there are so many half-truths in politics in this country, his book could serve as a clarion call to Christians. It is no use standing on the sidelines grumbling about how things have gone downhill. Rather - get involved, and do what you can to make a difference.' Church Times
"...Excellent fodder for further discussion. Highly recommended." CHOICE June 2005

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: The Present Purposep. 1
Render to Caesarp. 7
The Early Accountp. 9
Assessing the Early Accountp. 15
The Modern Differencep. 21
Government by the Peoplep. 28
Popular Sovereigntyp. 30
The Constitutional Taskp. 34
The Union of "We the People"p. 43
Democracy and the Way of Reasonp. 48
Faith and the Way of Reasonp. 56
Defining the Questionp. 56
The Majority Voicep. 60
Discourse As A Christian Commitmentp. 69
Justice in the Community of Lovep. 79
The Community of Lovep. 82
The Principle of Justicep. 88
The Ultimate Ground of Worthp. 99
Religious Decisions at Stakep. 106
The Aim at Justicep. 106
Alternative Ideals for Communityp. 113
Politics As a Religious Questionp. 123
Political Deliberationsp. 130
Abortionp. 131
Affirmative Actionp. 143
Economic Distributionp. 150
Conclusionp. 161
On the Humanistic Commitmentp. 165
Works Citedp. 173
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ISBN: 9780521838764
ISBN-10: 0521838762
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 198
Published: 29th November 2011
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39