Posted by: gcarkner | August 10, 2020

Democracy: What is it good for?

In Praise of the Preservation of Democracy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voKKhuRYOLI  Democracy in Burma

  • Rule of Law
  • Human Rights and Fair Access to Trial and Good/Fair Representation
  • Accountability of Politicians
  • Freedom of the Press
  • Right to Protest and Assemble, Stimulate Public Debate on Key Issues
  • Concern for the Common Good: Strong Sense of Collective Community
  • Peace and Civility
  • Promote Unity Amidst Diversity
  • Moral Leadership Employing Wisdom
  • Fair Elections
  • Justice, Fair Court System, Truth-orientation
  • Economic Equal Opportunity
  • Mercy Towards the Weak and Vulnerable
  • Broader Power Sharing and Intentional Empowerment of Others, Especially the Marginal

Resources:

Timothy P. Jackson (2017). Political Agape: Christian Love and Liberal Democracy. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

Larry Siedentop, (2014). Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism. Penguin/Random House.

Glenn Tinder, The Political Meaning of Christianity: the prophetic stance.

Robert Putnam (1993). Making Democracy Work. Princeton: Princeton University Press

Miraslov Volf (1996). Exclusion and Embrace: a theological exploration of identity, otherness and reconciliation. Nashville, TN: Abingdon

Miraslov Volf (2015). Flourishing: why we need religion in a globalized world. Yale University Press.

Jonathan Haidt (2012). The Righteous Mind: why good people are divided by politics and religion. New York, NY: Vintage. 

J. Budziszewski (1986). The Resurrection of Nature: Political Theory and the Human Character. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Jim Wallis (2014). The (Un)Common Good: How the Gospel Brings Hope to a World Divided. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos.

Joseph Stiglitz (2012). The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers Our Future. New York, NY: W.W. Norton.

Brian Walsh & Sylvia Keesmat (2019). Romans Disarmed: Resisting Empire, Demanding Justice. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos.

Nicholas Wolterstorff, Understanding Liberal Democracy: essays in political philosophy.

Al Gore (2013). The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. Random House.

Terry Eagleton, The Ideology of the Aesthetic.

Tom Holland, Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World.

IMAGINATION, DISCERNMENT, VIRTUE, HUMOUR, HOSPITALITY, CREATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING, TRAGIC OPTIMISM, SUFFERING, PAIN, TRUTH & RECONCILIATION, PURSUIT OF PEACE, INCLUSION, CHARACTER, PRINCIPLE, JUSTICE FOR ALL, MEANING, IDENTITY, THE COMMON GOOD, HOPE, COMPASSION, THE LISTENING EAR/DIALOGUE, SERVANT-EMPOWERED LEADERSHIP

Golden Triangle of Freedom

  • Freedom requires virtue
  • Virtue requires faith
  • Faith requires freedom

Spectator Article by Public Intellectual Sir Jonathan Sacks https://www.spectator.co.uk/2013/06/atheism-has-failed-only-religion-can-fight-the-barbarians/

https://tifwe.org/why-virtue-is-inseparable-from-democracy/

All of the public and private virtues are terribly relevant to making a better world, a better society. Freedom will never be as healthy or robust without the good. This good must be sourced in the infinite goodness of a transcendent God, a God who is a champion of both love and justice.

Bruce Cockburn Call it Democracy


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