Special Issue "Political Theology and Pluralism"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 June 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Joseph Rivera

School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music, Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Whitehall, Dublin 9, Ireland
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Interests: Modern Theology (Barth, Rahner and Balthasar), St. Augustine, Secular studies and Genealogies of Modernity, Phenomenology, Continental Philosophy of Religion, Political Theology (especially John Rawls and Richard Rorty), Metaphysics and concepts of the self and personal identity

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The special issue will engage with the increasingly important and expansive discipline of political theology. Questions to be addressed, within the remit of each contributor’s specialism, are: how is secularism to be defined? In what way can we describe a liberal democracy as secular and/or pluralist? How does a theological perspective assume its place in such a public context? Do particular theological perspectives, such as Liberation theology, involve a particular relationship with the public square? Can traditional voices in political theology, like Augustine of Hippo, continue to energize theological voices? If so, how? Are there specific techniques or strategies for public dialogue, in which religious and non-religious citizens can employ? The scope of the special issue is to explore and complicate political theology’s understanding of late-modern pluralism. Existing literature on the topic, from Charles Taylor to Stanley Hauerwas, continues to wrestle with basic definitions of pluralism, secularism, liberalism, etc. Contributions here should help clarify and refine these terms in a theological and philosophical light.

Dr. Joseph Rivera
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Political Theology
  • Augustine
  • Secularity
  • Pluralism
  • Liberal Democracy
  • Dialogue
  • John Rawls
  • Communitarianism

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Open AccessArticle Pluralism and the Roots of Social Conflict: Rethinking Rawls
Religions 2019, 10(1), 20; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10010020
Received: 6 November 2018 / Revised: 21 December 2018 / Accepted: 24 December 2018 / Published: 29 December 2018
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Attempts to refine or update definitions of pluralism in political theology and philosophy often, implicitly or explicitly, entail an account of the roots of social conflict, which pluralism is meant to address. Using the influential work of John Rawls as a starting point [...] Read more.
Attempts to refine or update definitions of pluralism in political theology and philosophy often, implicitly or explicitly, entail an account of the roots of social conflict, which pluralism is meant to address. Using the influential work of John Rawls as a starting point I further investigate the idea that the root of social conflict stems from competing beliefs systems. I conclude that Rawls’s account of social conflict is insufficiently complex, intersectional, or historicist, and his theory of pluralism and his treatment of religion suffer because of this. Full article
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