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The Theological Origins of Liberalism


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1.The Relationship between Philosophy and Theology 2.The Protestant Foundations in Liberalism 3.Covenant Theology: A Lost Tradition of Communal Liberty 4.Grounding Liberalism On Christian Theology: Liberal Political Theology of John Locke 5.Theological Foundations of Liberalism in the Tradition of Natural Law and Natural Rights 6.Historical Foundations of the Contradictions in Natural Rights Liberalism, and Legal Pluralism as the Way Forward

About the Author

Ismail Kurun is a faculty member at the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Necmettin Erbakan.


Overall, the book is a very intriguing and worthwhile read for those who are interested in history, theology, ethics, and political science. . . . The author's use of sources is noteworthy. . . . I hope that we will see more from Kurun, especially works that fill out the skeletal structure of the legal pluralism with which he concludes his book. He seems to have a fine handle on the dangers of approaching religion, politics, and morality in a compartmentalized fashion. His book is refreshing. * Christian Social Thought *
Ismail Kurun's book fills a gap in the literature on the emergence of liberalism. * Economic Affairs *
This thoughtful book by Ismail Kurun builds upon earlier investigations of the religious foundations of modern social and political life. Kurun focuses in particular upon the theological and largely Protestant origins of liberalism. We must thank Kurun for his industry and courage in bringing into print an important work of such scope and circumspection. -- Michael Allen Gillespie, Duke University
Schmitt said `All significant concepts of the modern theory of the state are secularized theological concepts not only because of their historical development but also because of their systematic structure.' This hypothesis is still controversial: however, Kurun valiantly follows several other major scholars in showing that it cannot be ignored if we want to understand the nature of liberal ideas. -- James Alexander, Bilkent University
The notion that the modern world is primarily a creation of secular Enlightenment thinkers has long been discredited. Yet it is a myth which continues to persist. By making a significant contribution to explaining Christian theology's role in shaping modernity, Ismail Kurun's new book will help readers see the surprising ways in which the modern world has been shaped by Christian thought and practice. -- Samuel Gregg, director of research, Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty

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