Theology, Political Theory, and Pluralism: Beyond Tolerance and Difference

Theology, Political Theory, and Pluralism: Beyond Tolerance and Difference 98 Book Reviews / Journal of Reformed Th eology 2 (2008) 90-99 Kristen Deede Johnson, Th eology, Political Th eory, and Pluralism: Beyond Tolerance and Difference (Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine, 15), CUP, Cambridge 2007, xii + 276 pp., £50.00, US$ 90.00 (ISBN 0521870038). Th e author (Assistant Professor of Political Science at Hope College in Holland, Michigan) deals here with the political question most debated in political ethics and in the media since 2001: How to respond to groups and persons whose moral visions do not fit within the frameworks of liberal democracies? Th e subject has, of course, already been discussed for ages, but recently it has regained its sharpness. It seems that Western differences have slowly faded away through a general acceptation of the separation between the private and the public. Th e rise of Islam in Western societies, however, has confronted the public with so felt real differences, and, also, it has made it conscious anew of old differences. Th e tools to cope with differences lie right before us, by tradition: they are all packed in the concept of tolerance. But these seem not to suffice anymore—so it seems. Th ey presuppose a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Reformed Theology Brill

Theology, Political Theory, and Pluralism: Beyond Tolerance and Difference

Journal of Reformed Theology, Volume 2 (1): 98 – Jan 1, 2008

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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1872-5163
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98 Book Reviews / Journal of Reformed Th eology 2 (2008) 90-99 Kristen Deede Johnson, Th eology, Political Th eory, and Pluralism: Beyond Tolerance and Difference (Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine, 15), CUP, Cambridge 2007, xii + 276 pp., £50.00, US$ 90.00 (ISBN 0521870038). Th e author (Assistant Professor of Political Science at Hope College in Holland, Michigan) deals here with the political question most debated in political ethics and in the media since 2001: How to respond to groups and persons whose moral visions do not fit within the frameworks of liberal democracies? Th e subject has, of course, already been discussed for ages, but recently it has regained its sharpness. It seems that Western differences have slowly faded away through a general acceptation of the separation between the private and the public. Th e rise of Islam in Western societies, however, has confronted the public with so felt real differences, and, also, it has made it conscious anew of old differences. Th e tools to cope with differences lie right before us, by tradition: they are all packed in the concept of tolerance. But these seem not to suffice anymore—so it seems. Th ey presuppose a

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