Democracy and Tradition (Revised)

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Princeton University Press
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6.12 X 9.14 X 0.89 inches | 1.14 pounds

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About the Author
Jeffrey Stout is Professor of Religion at Princeton University. He is the author of Ethics after Babel (Princeton) as well as essays and reviews in such journals as The Monist, New Literary History, and The Journal of Religion. He is a contributing editor of the Journal of Religious Ethics.
"Winner of the 2004 Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion, Constructive-Reflective Studies Category, American Academy of Religion"
"[Stout's] vision of democracy is compelling, simultaneously inspiring and comforting. Stout speaks to us as citizens, asks us to read him as citizens, and encourages us to reflect on what sorts of citizens our theologies invite us to be."---Lauren F. Winner, Books & Culture
"Stout invites us into a vigorous local democracy in which kids play soccer and a diverse and dedicated group of neighbors team up to protect their community from the encroachment of a large, bureaucratic medical center. . . . Though Stout is fully aware that the social reality is often more bleak, he confronts injustice with a passion born out of his awareness that something much better is not only possible but already exists. If his underlying optimism about American democracy is right, it's hard to refuse his invitation to religious people to participate in it."---Robin W. Lovin, The Christian Century
"Stout's book offers many sophisticated and well-argued insights on liberal political philosophy, Christian theology, and the relations between them. It combines historical analysis with illuminating observations regarding current affairs. Its project--to reconcile democracy and religion--is both theoretically fascinating and politically urgent."---Yaacov Ben-Shemesh, Social Theory and Practice
"Stout anchors his argument on the question of what role religious premises should play in the reasoning citizens use when they make and defend political positions. His provocative answer is that citizens of a democracy have the right to freedom of thought and expression that includes whatever religious motivations they might have."-- "Choice"
"[A] book that is important by any reckoning. . . . [It] will significantly advance discussion of liberalism and democracy. . . . At its strongest, Stout's case refreshes with its view of democracy-not simply a 'notion' but a robust tradition that none should abandon."---Craig R. Hovey, Theology Today
"Appearing at a time when religion and politics 'run perpetually into one another' with great visibility, violence, and import, [this book] should become this generation's seminal work of political philosophy."---Eugene McCarraher, Cresset
"A spirited defense of democratic values and practices in disheartening times. This volume not only offers a philosophical analysis but also an exemplary instance of democratic discourse. . . . This is a wonderful book."---Timothy A. Beach-Verhey, Political Theory
"Democracy and Tradition establishes Jeffrey Stout as a major interlocutor in contemporary political philosophy. . . . With this book, Stout offers an imposing theoretical alternative that reintegrates traditional religious and moral discourse into the very essence of democracy. It could not be more timely, particularly as Western liberal democracy is being exported by force of armed invasion to traditional religious societies that view it with understandable traditionalist suspicions."---Conrad G. Brunk, Philosophy in Review
"[This is a] clear, fair, engaging, and wise book."---Michael J. Kerlin, Theological Studies
"Beyond the impressive shape and scope of the arguments that Stout lays before his audience, perhaps the most enduring quality of his work is its ethos of good will and how this ethos permeates his conversation about democracy. Democracy and Tradition is a timely contribution to our understanding of the tradition of democracy and the practices that are needed to sustain it."---Todd C. Ream, Scottish Journal of Theology