In today’s society, a positive relation between ‘God’ and ‘civilization’ is by no means self-evident. Religious believers who want to live their lives in accordance with ‘the law of God’ are often considered a threat to civilization. To many, monotheistic religion is inherently repressive and violent.
The central aim of this volume is to think of both God and civilization in a more open, space-giving way. God is seen as the One who prevents man from making an absolute claim for a relative reality, including one's religion and culture. The multifaceted relations between God and civilization are explored from systematic-theological, missiological, philosophical and ethical perspectives.
Pieter H. Vos, PhD (2002) in theology, is Lecturer in Ethics at the Protestant Theological University (Amsterdam/Groningen) and Vice Director of the International Reformed Theological Institute (IRTI). He has published on moral formation, virtue ethics, professional ethics, and Kierkegaard.
Onno K. Zijlstra, PhD (1982) in philosophy, has taught philosophy at VU University, the Protestant Theological University (Amsterdam/Groningen) and ArtEZ Institute of the Arts. He has published on aesthetics, philosophy of language, Kierkegaard, and Wittgenstein.
Edited by Pieter Vos,
Protestant Theological University and Onno Zijlstra,
Protestant Theological University
Table of contents
Pieter Vos & Onno Zijlstra
The Law of God in a Secular State: Claiming Space in the Public Domain
Multiculturalism, Religion and Public Justice
The Natural Law and Liberal Traditions: Heritage (and Hope?) of Western Civilization
The Empire and the Desert: Eastern Orthodox Theologians about Church and Civilization
Whose Civilization Is Europe Today? Encounters between Hungarian Reformed Faith and Secular Worldviews
The Aniconic God in Isaiah 43:10 and the Contemporary Discourse on Monotheism
Is Christ among us? Mystical Christology from the Perspective of Pseudo-Dionysius and Taoism
A Violent God? Philosophical Reflections on Monotheism and Genesis 22
Renée van Riessen
The Irreducibility of Religious Faith: Kierkegaard on Civilization and the Aqedah
Civic Integration: A Mission to Civilize Religious Believers?
Prophecy and Democracy? Some Arguments in Favor of Prophetic Discourse in Civilizing Democratic Societies
Mapping the Christian Character: Calvin and Schleiermacher on Virtue, Law and Sanctification
In Defense of Authenticity: On Art, Religion and the Authentic Self
Religious Transformations within Modernity: Religion and the Modern Discourse about Human Dignity and Human Rights
List of Contributors
The book is of interest for academics in systematic theology, ethics, missiology, ecumenical studies, philosophy, intercultural studies, political philosophy, cultural studies, and for post-graduate students in these disciplines