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Western liberal societies are characterized by two stories: a positive story of freedom of conscience and the recognition of community and human rights, and a negative story of unrestrained freedom that leads to self-centeredness, vacuity, and the destructive compromise of human values. Can the Catholic Church play a more meaningful role in assisting liberal societies in telling their better story? Australian ethicist Robert Gascoigne thinks it can. In The Church and Secularity he considers the meaning of secularity as a shared space for all citizens and asks how the Church can contribute to a sensitivity toùand respect forùhuman dignity and human rights. Drawing on AugustineÆs City of God and Vatican IIÆs Gaudium et spes, Gascoigne interprets the meaning of freedom in liberal societies through the lens of AugustineÆs ôtwo loves,ö the love of God and neighbor and the love of self, and reveals how the two are connected to our contemporary experience. The Church and Secularity argues that the Church can serve liberal societies in a positive way and that its own social identity, rooted in Eucharistic communities, must be bound up with the struggle for human rights and resistance to the commodification of the human in all its forms.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. ONE: Two Stories of Liberal Society
  2. pp. 7-36
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  1. TWO: Church, Kingdom, and Secularity
  2. pp. 37-75
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  1. THREE: The Virtues of Noninstrumental Relationships
  2. pp. 76-111
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  1. FOUR: Christian Hope and the Eucharist: Witness and Service
  2. pp. 112-142
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  1. FIVE: Two Stories of Liberal Society and Contemporary Catholic Identity
  2. pp. 143-168
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 169-179
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781589017252
Related ISBN
9781589014909
MARC Record
OCLC
638860201
Pages
192
Launched on MUSE
2011-07-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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