Many of the great questions of our day once again revolve around religion. The secular era of the past two centuries is ending in incomprehension and denial, overwhelmed by the cultural uncertainty and political conflict that have dominated the first years of the new millennium. In the face of developments such as the fall in birth rates and the rise of neo-paganism, secularism has little to say. What does remain in the United States and Europe is a vociferous hostility to religion, especially to the role it plays in public life. The ensuing conflict continues to play itself out in politics, culture, science and the universities. New phenomena such as multiculturalism and significant Muslim minorities have both arisen in the West. But the focus of suspicion has remained squarely on Christianity and its relationship to democracy, human rights, and secular society. Cardinal George Pell, one of the Catholic Church's leading spokesmen, has played a significant part in this drama. ""God and Caesar"" brings together a selection of his writings on Christianity, politics, and society from the last ten years. Drawing on a deep knowledge of history and human affairs, the essays pinpoint the key issues facing Christians and non-believers in determining the future of modern democratic life. Cardinal Pell considers questions such as: Is democracy only secular? What role can the Catholic Church and its moral vision play, and have they played, in strengthening democracy? How does ""religious capital"" strengthen political society? What is the bishop's critical role in building a culture of life? And why is belief in God important to the health of a democratic society? Christ's instructions to ""render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's"" (Matthew 22:21) remain the starting point for any reflections on Christianity and political life. ""God and Caesar"" is an indispensable text that helps illuminate what Christ's teaching means today.
Publisher: The Catholic University of America Press
Number of pages: 189
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 215 x 140 x 16 mm