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
Journal of Reformed Theology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2008
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