The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics, and the Modern West, Mark Lilla

The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics, and the Modern West, Mark Lilla

In this book, Lilla investigates the withdrawing and the return of political theology in the Western world. He attempts to unveil the intertwining between religion and politics, by focusing on a period of time that extends in four centuries, from the 17th century in England to the 20th century in Germany.
In his introduction, Lilla provides us with an interesting comment about the relation between politics and religion. He states that nowadays we are at the point where we relive and refight the same battles as in the 16th century. Even more, the subjects of those fights remain the same. They are battles "over ...

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the West theology and politics from the era of Constantine to the religious wars in the 16th -17th century. He pays special care in depicting the main features that constructed the "Christian political theology." As he described it "in Christianity, versions of every species of political theology can be found, all at war with one another. This tremendous internal variety was made possible by the doctrines of the Incarnation and the Trinity, which invited Christians to think of their God as simultaneously in the world, absent from the world, and in a steady transcendent relation to the world" (Lilla, p.53). In my opinion, Lilla strives to be concise, whereas he examines this time span, and he succeeds it in such a degree that omits too much. Moreover, by this choice, he leaves the readers with so many gaps about events related, for example, to the Byzantine Empire, the Papacy, the conflicts between the Roman Catholic Christianity and the Patriarchate Of Constantinople, the ...

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to the matter and suggest to unhorse religion, to isolate the clergy from the governmental authority but not to completely cut off religion from the public space. That is something that Lilla notes down, as he argues that religion was viewed as a power that to some extent could have had an influence to the state.
In the same wavelength with Hobbes Lock and Hume process Hobbes' demand for autocracy as a solution to fear and transfuse to it a liberal notion. Lock, according to Lilla, with "the Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689), accepts the main outlines of Hobbes's philosophy of mind but gives it a different shading...Locke gives man more credit for independence and a ...

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