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Department of Theology and Religion

Theology, Law and Politics Research Seminar

Global events have pushed the question of the relationship between theology, law and politics to the fore. On the one hand democracy, capitalism and liberalism are heralded with quasi-religious fervour. On the other hand adherents to traditional religions increasingly perceive secular liberalism as corrosive and hostile to religious belief and practice.. This polarisation has led some commentators to predict an apocalyptic clash of civilizations. In the face of this, the humanities can offer critical reflection on the theological and philosophical presuppositions of constitutional liberalism. The panoply of liberal commitments and practices -toleration, individualism, rights, the mixed constitution, the separation of powers, the centrality of law- arose in part, for good or ill, from Christian theological traditions. This ‘one-off’ seminar series provided an interdisciplinary approach to the relationship between theology, law and politics, from a conceptual and historical point of view, and drawing on diverse religious traditions. 

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