Hans Schwarz zum 75. Geburtstag- Hans Schwarz on the Occasion of his 75 th Birthday
Edited By Matthias Heesch, Thomas Kothmann and Craig L. Nessan
The 39 contributions to this special issue develop the theme Theology in Engagement with Church and Politics from a variety of perspectives. Alongside the exploration of historical aspects, both contemporary political questions and ethical dilemmas are examined. Further contributions are devoted to the reflection upon practical theology, Christian congregational praxis, and contextual studies, which demonstrate the political and cultural relevance of this theme beyond Europe. The international circle of authors is constituted largely of colleagues and students of Professor Hans Schwarz, systematic theologian from Regensburg, Germany. In conjunction with the 2014 University of Regensburg Summer School, the authors dedicate this volume to the lifetime achievement of Hans Schwarz on the occasion of his 75
The Role of Religion in the Public Domain: Reflecting on John Rawls’s Political Theory in the Light of the Philippine Experience
The significance of Rawls’s political theory for the Philippines: In this theory, everybody has a sense of ownership of a reasonable political conception of justice agreed upon as a result of a long process of political arguments based on the principle of public reason.
In a society which has a rich history of religious consciousness and heritage, the legitimacy of the moral force of religion in influencing public life is impossible to ignore. Moreover, the issues become more complex when people who have varied religious persuasions and also disagreements live together under one political structure. In such a context of diversity, John Rawls’s question, “How is it possible that deeply opposed though reasonable comprehensive doctrines may live together and all affirm the political conception of a constitutional regime?” is worth considering.
The interest in the study of the Rawls’s political theory on “overlapping consensus” is stimulated by his interest in religion as a factor to consider in the construction of a political doctrine that is comprehensive and reasonable. This paper intends to see the significance of Rawls’s political theory in the pursuit for a just society in the light of the Philippine experience.
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