Politics for a Pilgrim Church

Politics for a Pilgrim Church: A Thomistic Theory of Civic Virtue

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Church leaders and scholars have long wrestled with what should provide a guiding vision for Christian engagement in culture and politics. In this book I claim that a retrieval of Thomas Aquinas’s understanding of civic virtue provides important resources for guiding this engagement today.

I suggest that Aquinas’s vision of the pilgrim church provides a fitting model for seeking the earthly common good of the political community, and I highlight the features of a Thomistic account of justice and civic virtue that remain particularly salient for the twenty-first century. The book concludes with suggestions for cultivating a Christian rhetoric of the common good as an alternative to the predominant forms of discourse fostered within the culture wars that have been so divisive in recent decades.

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