Political Theology and Pluralism

Renewing Public Dialogue

  • Joseph Rivera

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 115-126

About this book


Reviving the ancient political wisdom of St. Augustine in combination with insights drawn from contemporary political theorist John Rawls, Joseph Rivera grapples with the polarizing nature of religion in the public square. Political theology, as a discipline, tends to argue that communitarianism remains the only viable political option for religious practioners in a complex, pluralist society. Unsurprisingly, we are increasingly accustomed to think the religious voice is anti-secular and illiberal. On the contrary, Christian theology and political liberalism, Rivera argues, are not incompatible. Political Theology and Pluralism challenges the longstanding antithesis between theology and political liberalism by asking his readers to focus not on difference, but on our common humanity. Outlining real strategies for public dialogue in a liberal state, Rivera offers the opportunity to discover what it means to practice civic friendship in pluralist context.


Political Liberalism Rawls Gay Marriage Political Theology Religious discourse

Authors and affiliations

  • Joseph Rivera
    • 1
  1. 1.Dublin City UniversityDublinIreland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Pivot, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-77145-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-77146-5
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