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Politics of human frailty : a theological defense of political liberalism.

Insole, C. (2004) 'Politics of human frailty : a theological defense of political liberalism.', London: SCM Press. Faith in reason.


The Politics of Human Frailty provides a theological defense of a strand of political liberalism that is informed by the theological conviction that the human person is a creature incapable of its own perfection, although nonetheless called to and made for this perfection. Insole questions easy caricatures of liberalism, which tend to describe it as individualistic, hubristic, and relativist. By analyzing the works of Edmund Burke, Lord Acton, Richard Hooker, and John Rawls, Insole shows that a passion to protect the individual within liberal institutions arises not from an illusory sense of self-sufficiency, but from insight into our fallen condition and from an intimation of redemption and divine order. Insole investigates how notions of "liberty" employed in England, America, and France have distinct theological lineages, and separates the political liberalism he defends from over-zealous appropriations. He also critiques Radical Orthodoxy, arguing that the Radical Orthodoxy project is politically naïve, utopian, and dangerous.

Item Type:Book
Additional Information:Sample chapter deposited. Chapter 1: 'Obscured order, human frailty and the liberal tradition' pp. 1-40.
Keywords:Edmund Burke, Lord Acton, Richard Hooker, John Rawls, Radical orthodoxy.
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Record Created:01 Jul 2008
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