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Concisely critiquing the internal contradictions and practical limitations of the social contract theory espoused by John Locke and John Rawls, Timothy Beach-Verhey presents a covenantal theory for political life based on H. Richard Niebuhr’s theology of radical monotheism. Beach-Verhey challenges sectarian interpretations of Niebuhr’s theology and cogently demonstrates that a properly understood, theocentric, covenantal social theory can unite a diverse people in a shared polity. In so doing, he shows how such an understanding of both liberal democratic practices and Christian norms can provoke both the moral vision and the virtues that are required for robust, open, and engaged public life. Robust Liberalism makes a powerful contribution to contemporary discussion of American public discourse.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. 1. E Pluribus Unum: An Augustinian Conception of Faith, Pluralism, and Public Life
  2. pp. 23-47
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  1. 2. Opening the Circle: Story, Community, and Reality in Moral Reasoning
  2. pp. 49-81
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  1. 3. The Universal, the Particular, and Public Discourse: Beyond Secular Liberalism and Christian Traditionalism
  2. pp. 83-115
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  1. 4. The Christian Churches and American Public Life: A Particular Community Directed through Faith toward the Universal
  2. pp. 119-152
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  1. 5. Robust Liberalism: American Democracy and the Divine Commonwealth
  2. pp. 153-187
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 189-224
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  1. Works Cited
  2. pp. 225-233
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 235-238
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781602584693
Related ISBN
9781602582521
MARC Record
OCLC
768118637
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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