Dialectical Democracy through Christian Thought Individualism, Relationalism, and American Politics

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-08-21
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Dialectical Democracy through Christian Thought offers an accessible yet theologically groundbreaking intervention into the battle over the role of government in the market. Digging beneath the surface of political discourse - liberal and conservative - this book shows that the fight over policy involves a fundamental disagreement about who we are as human beings: independent individuals, or essentially social creatures. This book seeks to move beyond the present impasse by advocating an alternative: dialectical democracy. Drawn from the view of the human person that emerges from the Christian scriptures, dialectical democracy would foster a creative tension between individuality and social relations.

Author Biography

David R. Brockman is Adjunct Professor at Brite Divinity School and in the Religious Studies Department, Dedman College, Southern Methodist University, USA.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Impasse in US Political-Economic Discourse
1. Tensions in Christian Scripture
2. Tensions in the Western Christian Tradition
3. A Dialectical Approach to the Human Person
4. 'Leave Me Alone': The Insights and Illusions of Libertarian-Individualism
5. 'We're All in This Together': The Insights and Illusions of Reform Liberal Relationalism
6. Getting Past the Impasse: Towards a Dialectical Democracy

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