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Politics and Beatitude

Author(s): Gregory, Eric

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Abstract: The limits and secularity of political life have been signature themes of modern Augustinianism, often couched in non-theological language of realism and the role of religion in public life. In dialogue with Gilbert Meilaender, this article inverts and theologizes that interest by asking how Augustinian pilgrims might characterize the positive relation of political history to saving history and the ways in which political action in time might teach us something about the nature of salvation that comes to us from beyond history. This relation of continuity and discontinuity eludes dogmatic formulation, but the goal of the present article is to see where a shared Augustinianism and a shared commitment to aspects of the liberal political tradition might find illuminating disagreement.
Publication Date: 2017
Citation: Gregory, Eric; "Politics and Beatitude. Studies in Christian Ethics." 2, 30 (2017): 199 - 206. 10.1177/0953946816684448.
DOI: 10.1177/0953946816684448
ISSN: 0953-9468
Pages: 199 - 206
Language: English
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Studies in Christian Ethics
Version: Final published version. This is an open access article.

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