Political Justice and Religious Values - Sociology Re-Wired (Paperback)Charles F. Andrain (author)
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Why do individuals and groups hold distinctive theological views? Why do these beliefs change? In what ways do theological interpretations influence concepts of spiritual and political justice? How and why do these concepts of justice affect policy preferences held by religious liberals and conservatives?
Much has recently been written about the relationship between power, conservative politics, and evangelical religious groups, but very little attention has been paid to so-called "progressive" religious groups among Protestants, Catholics, and Jews and their relationship to political thought and action.
This wide-ranging and interdisciplinary work, ideal for use in college courses on religion and social issues, explores the impact of theological interpretations about God, the individual, society, church, and government on attitudes toward procedural and distributive justice. Major issues revolve around civil liberties, sexual choice, gender equality, world peace, prison reform, and income distribution
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 14
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
"Andrain's striking interdisciplinary study at the intersection of politics and theology boldly promises to bring liberalism back as an intellectual force for justice and social integrity. His account of the social gospel in U.S. moral history reminds us of the great prophetic power of engaged Christian liberalism, so deeply at odds with the politically complacent and narrowly ambitious conservative Christian politics of today." -- Christine Helmer, Departments of Religion and German, Northwestern University
"This book offers a broad, exciting look at religion's role in conceptualizations of justice. Truly interdisciplinary, the book will appeal to scholars across many disciplines. It also offers a particularly timely look at how religion and politics might be married together in ways that go beyond the Religious Right's "values" rubric." -- Laura R. Olson, Professor of Political Science, Clemson University
"Andrain has a deep knowledge of American political sociology...This text will be of greatest interest to scholars of American religion and political sociology." Choice, 2009
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