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By Robin W. Lovin

ISBN-10: 0511457332

ISBN-13: 9780511457333

ISBN-10: 0521841941

ISBN-13: 9780521841948

Are faith and public lifed particularly separate spheres of human job? may still they be? during this e-book, Robin Lovin criticises modern political and theological perspectives that separate faith from public lifestyles and advocates a extra built-in realizing of contemporary society. Drawing at the paintings of 2 influential twentieth-century theologians, Reinhold Niebuhr and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, he argues that: *'Christian realism' encourages dependable engagement with social and political difficulties *Political dedication isn't restrained to the field of legislation and executive *The judgements of people effect international ethics

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55 Ongoing competition, tension, and even open conflict between these fragments of social life are essential to any order worth having. Our idea of good order – of a good society, locally or globally – must incorporate ambiguity, uncertainty, and competing values. Under the conditions of modern life, the search for human good can only proceed in fragments, and the good itself can only be understood when we see some kind of unity beyond the fragmentation. That is how the Pluralist Realist seeks to understand the tensions between narrative and concrete judgment, between order and apocalypse, between security and hope that have divided those who share the legacy of Christian realism.

Kaplan and William Kristol, The War over Iraq: Saddam’s Tyranny and America’s Mission (San Francisco: Encounter Books, 2003), p. 111. Jean Bethke Elshtain, “Against the New Utopianism,” Studies in Christian Ethics 20 (2007), 52–4. 35 There is little that Western Christian realists can contribute directly to this reassessment. The Antiutopian Realists simply reject the jihadists’ apocalyptic narrative and move to gather the forces that will restore security and prevent future terrorist violence.

The range of possibilities for Christian realism today can be delineated by considering each position in more detail, and we should do that before coming to any conclusions about the possibility of a contemporary Christian realism that would be as united in its vision as the Niebuhrian realism of the mid-twentieth century. the witness Will Herberg, Niebuhr’s Jewish counterpart in interpreting the relationship between religion and American society, described a consensus on the “American Way of Life” that embraced the major faiths and derived much of its moral authority from them.

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