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Author Gamwell, Franklin I.

Title Politics as a Christian vocation : faith and democracy today / Franklin I. Gamwell
Published Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2005
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Description 1 online resource (x, 185 pages)
Contents Introduction : the present purpose -- Render to Caesar. The early account ; Assessing the early account ; The modern difference -- Government by the people. Popular sovereignty ; The constitutional task ; The union of "we the people" ; Democracy and the way of reason -- Faith and the way of reason. Defining the question ; The majority voice ; Discourse as a Christian commitment -- Justice in the community of love. The community of love ; The principle of justice ; The ultimate ground of worth -- Religious decisions at stake. The aim at justice ; Alternative ideals for community ; Politics as a religious question -- Political deliberations. Abortion ; Affirmative action ; Economic distribution ; Conclusion -- Appendix : on the humanistic commitment
Summary 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 2004 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 173-176) and index
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Subject Christianity and justice.
Christianity and politics.
Democracy -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511226985 (electronic bk. ; Adobe Reader)
051123032X (electronic bk.)
0511231091 (electronic bk.)
0511617291 (ebook)
0521838762 (hardback)
9780511226984 (electronic bk. ; Adobe Reader)
9780511230325 (electronic bk.)
9780511231094 (electronic bk.)
9780511617294 (ebook)
9780521838764 (hardback)