Christian hope and public reason

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Gascoigne, Robert 2009. Christian hope and public reason. in: N. Biggar and L. Hogan (ed.) Religious Voices in Public Places Oxford University Press. pp. 131 - 148
AuthorsGascoigne, Robert
EditorsN. Biggar and L. Hogan
Abstract

This chapter is concerned with the relationship between Christian hope and public reason, especially as articulated in John Rawls's essay ‘The Idea of Public Reason Revisited’. With reference to Matthew 25, it argues that Christian hope goes beyond history, but that Christian love is expressed within history and that this tension can be the source of a specifically Christian service to democratic societies. Hope is crucial to the ethical life of democratic societies in three particular ways: it inspires a discernment of human capacities which evokes moral virtue; maintains a conviction of the openness of the future to human striving; and teaches a certain detachment from the fruits of that striving. The chapter considers how Christian hope can serve this public political hope while at the same time maintaining a distinctively Christian identity, focussing on the use of the religious language of hope by Christians in the public political forum.

Page range131 - 148
Year2009
Book titleReligious Voices in Public Places
PublisherOxford University Press
SeriesLaw Ethics and Governance
ISBN9780199566624
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566624.003.0007
Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566624.003.0007
Research GroupSchool of Theology
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