The Re-enchantment of Political Science: Christian Scholars Engage Their Discipline

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Thomas W. Heilke, Ashley Woodiwiss
Lexington Books, 2001 - Political Science - 266 pages
Religion and politics appear together in newspaper headlines more today than ever before. Questions about the relationship between religion and politics--on theoretical, historical, and behavioral levels--are likewise heavily debated behind the front pages, by scholars in political science who demonstrate the 'new Christian thinking.' The Re-Enchantment of Political Science engages these scholars in an interdisciplinary conversation concerning the identity and ends of Christian political science. It considers whether and to what extent the community of Christian scholarship, within its own narrative religious traditions, can add a distinctive and significant dimension to the discipline of political science. Contributors also explore how the new Christian thinking informs political theory and its subfields, including liberalism, communitarianism, and critical theory. Finally, the book describes how policy studies are possible within a Christian framework using standard scholarly tools of analysis. The Re-Enchantment of Political Science, in revealing the growing theoretical and methodological sophistication of faith-informed political science, charts the terrain of political science today.
 

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Contents

From Worldviews to Research Programs Toward a Christian Political Science
15
At the Table? Toward an Anabaptist Political Science
35
New Thinking in Theory
63
Rawls Religion and Liberalism
65
Selves in Relation Theories of Community and the Imago Dei Doctrine
85
Rehabilitating the State in America Abraham Kuypers Overlooked Contribution
121
Deliberation or Agony? Toward a Postliberal Christian Democratic Theory
149
New Thinking in Policy
167
Taking Ecclesiology Seriously Catholicism Religious Institutions and Health Care Policy
169
The State of the States A Perspective on Federalism and Biblically Just Social Policy
193
The Christian Case for Humanitarian Intervention1
225
Index
257
About the Contributors
265
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Thomas W. Heilke is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Kansas. He is the author of Eric Voegelin: In Search of Reality (1999) and Nietzsche's Tragic Regime: Culture, Aesthetics, and Political Education (1998). Ashley Woodiwiss is Associate Professor of Political Science at Wheaton College.

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