The Re-Enchantment of Political Science (Paperback)

Christian Scholars Engage Their Discipline

By Thomas W. Heilke (Editor), Ashley Woodiwiss (Editor), Paul Brink (Contribution by)

Lexington Books, 9780739101513, 280pp.

Publication Date: June 6, 2001

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Religion and politics appear together in newspaper headlines more today than ever before. Questions about the relationship between religion and politics--on theoretical, historical, and behavioral levels--are likewise heavily debated behind the front pages, by scholars in political science who demonstrate the 'new Christian thinking.' The Re-Enchantment of Political Science engages these scholars in an interdisciplinary conversation concerning the identity and ends of Christian political science. It considers whether and to what extent the community of Christian scholarship, within its own narrative religious traditions, can add a distinctive and significant dimension to the discipline of political science. Contributors also explore how the new Christian thinking informs political theory and its subfields, including liberalism, communitarianism, and critical theory. Finally, the book describes how policy studies are possible within a Christian framework using standard scholarly tools of analysis. The Re-Enchantment of Political Science, in revealing the growing theoretical and methodological sophistication of faith-informed political science, charts the terrain of political science today.

About the Author

Thomas W. Heilke is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Kansas. He is the author of Eric Voegelin: In Search of Reality (1999) and Nietzsche's Tragic Regime: Culture, Aesthetics, and Political Education (1998). Ashley Woodiwiss is Associate Professor of Political Science at Wheaton College.