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By Giorgi Areshidze

Debating or making speeches, American politicians at all times cite tenets of Christian faith—even as they unfailingly guard the liberal rules of tolerance and spiritual neutrality that underpin a pluralistic democracy. How those probably contradictory impulses can coexist—and even if this undermines the spiritual culture that makes a liberal democracy possible—are the urgent questions that Giorgi Areshidze grapples with during this exploration of the civic position of faith in American political life.

The early glossy Enlightenment political philosophy of John Locke has been deeply influential—if frequently misunderstood and occasionally contested—in shaping either the theoretical and functional contours of up to date debates and anxieties approximately faith in a liberal society. Areshidze demonstrates that Locke expected an exceptional theological transformation of Christianity in mild of recent rationalism, person who might make Christianity right into a tolerant faith appropriate with liberal political rules. Locke's test, as this ebook exhibits, has succeeded in very important respects, yet at a big cost—by tough a undeniable theological skepticism approximately published faith which can eventually undermine the general public difficulty for spiritual or theological fact altogether.

Democratic faith from Locke to Obama evaluates those ends up in mild of the function of faith in American political improvement, rather as this position has been extra outlined within the paintings of political thinker John Rawls. within the political theologies of Martin Luther King, Jr., Abraham Lincoln, and Barack Obama, Areshidze exhibits how, whereas operating less than Locke’s effect, all of those thinkers draw upon faith, together with conventional printed Christian rules, of their efforts to reshape America’s ethical consciousness—especially at the query of racial equality—in ways in which may have stunned Locke.

Finally, drawing on Alexis de Tocqueville’s come upon with the Lockean scan in the US, this e-book means that the dissonance among how tolerant we'd like faith to be and what we think it to complete in our civic existence is a end result of the liberal transformation of faith. by way of reminding us of this non secular transformation, Tocqueville’s “political technological know-how” could clarify many of the inner most religious and civic anxieties that proceed to beset American democracy.

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