What is the proper relationship of religion to power? In this collection of essays, a group of interdisciplinary scholars address that question, building on the scholarship of the late Dr. Jean Bethke Elshtain. The first section of this book provides the reader with three previously unpublished essays by Elshtain on the subject of political sovereignty, followed by an interview with the noted ethicist and political theorist. Dr. Elshtain questions the nature of sovereignty in a world where some have elevated the state and the self above the authority of God himself. In the second section of the book, “Sovereignty through the Ages”, four scholars explore some of the key questions raised by Dr. Elshtain’s work on Just War, resistance to tyranny, political liberalism, and modernity, questioning the ways in which sovereignty may be conceived to reinforce the limitations of human societies and yet seek the greater good. In the third section of the book, entitled “Sovereignty in Context”, three essays extend her analysis of sovereignty to different contexts – Latin America, the Islamic world, and the international system as a whole, all the while demonstrating the importance of how religious interpretation contributes to our understanding of political power.
About the author
John H. A. Dyck is assistant professor of political studies at Trinity Western University and senior research fellow in the Religion, Culture, and Conflict Research Group. Paul S. Rowe is associate professor of political and international studies at Trinity Western University and senior research fellow in the Religion, Culture, and Conflict Research Group. Jens Zimmermann is Canada Research Chair in Interpretation, Religion, and Culture and professor of English and philosophy at Trinity Western University as well as senior research fellow in the Religion, Culture, and Conflict Research Group.
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