Politics, Religion and Political Theology

  • C. Allen Speight
  • Michael Zank

Part of the Boston Studies in Philosophy, Religion and Public Life book series (BSPR, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Authority, Conscience, Toleration, Secularism: Theologico-Political Questions from the Tradition and their Contemporary Importance

  3. Political Theology: Origins and Return?

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 241-242

About this book


This new volume gives discursive shape to several key facets of the relationship among politics, theology and religious thought. Powerfully relevant to a wealth of further academic disciplines including history, law and the humanities, it sharpens the contours of our understanding in a live and evolving field. It charts the mechanisms by which, contrary to the avowed secularism of many of today’s polities, theology and religion have often, and sometimes profoundly, shaped political discourse. By augmenting this broader analysis with a selection of authoritative papers focusing on the prominent sub-field of political theology, the anthology offsets a startling academic lacuna. Alongside focused analysis of subjects such as conscience, secularism and religious tolerance, the discussion of political theology examines the tradition’s critical moments, including developments during the post-World War I Weimar republic in Germany and the epistemological imprint the theory has left behind in works by political thinkers influenced by the three major monotheistic traditions.


anti-trinitarian biblical atheism christianity and religious liberty political theology politics of religion theologico-political tradition

Editors and affiliations

  • C. Allen Speight
    • 1
  • Michael Zank
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyBoston UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish StudiesBoston UniversityBostonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-94-024-1080-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-024-1082-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2352-8206
  • Series Online ISSN 2352-8214
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