What has happened to religion in its present manifestations? In recent years, Enlightenment secularization, as it appeared in the global spread of political structures that relegate the sacred to a private sphere, seems suddenly to have foundered. Unexpectedly, it has discovered its own parochialismGCohas discovered, indeed, that secularization may never have taken place at all. With the GCGBPreturn of the religious,GC[yen] in all aspects of contemporary social, political, and religious life, the question of political theologyGCoof the relation between GCGBPpoliticalGC[yen] and GCGBPreligiousGC[yen] domainsGCotakes on new meaning and new urgency. In this groundbreaking book, distinguished scholars from many disciplinesGCophilosophy, political theory, anthropology, classics, and religious studiesGCoseek to take the full measure of this question in todayGCOs world. This book begins with the place of the gods in the Greek polis, then moves through AugustineGCOs two cities and early modern religious debates, to classic statements about political theology by such thinkers as Walter Benjamin and Carl Schmitt.
Essays also consider the centrality of tolerance to liberal democracy, the recent French controversy over wearing the Muslim headscarf, and GCGBPBushGCOs God talk.GC[yen] The volume includes a historic discussion between J++rgen Habermas and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, concerning the prepolitical moral foundations of a republic, and it concludes with explorations of new, more open ways of conceptualizing society.