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‘Review Essay: Theological Medicine for Liberal Democracy’, in Journal of Markets & Morality, Vol. 22, No. 1 (Spring 2019)

‘Abstract

As Smith points out, the genealogy of liberal democracy demonstrates that liberalism is nothing less than the prodigal son of Christianity. Thus, it becomes plausible that Christianity has a continuing role to play in a liberal democracy. Smith might even be right that it is not so much common grace and natural law, but rather Christianity exclusively, on which liberal democracy is dependent. Constitutional lawyers and political scientists would indeed be well-advised to be more generous in integrating theological insights as well into their work in order to find this out for themselves.

Hans-Martien ten Napel, “Review Essay: Theological Medicine for Liberal Democracy,” Journal of Markets & Morality 22, no. 1 (Spring 2019): 169-181.*

*Review essay of James K. A. Smith, Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation, Cultural Liturgies, vol. 1 (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009); Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works, Cultural Liturgies, vol. 2 (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2013); Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology, Cultural Liturgies, vol. 3 (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2017).’

Source, and full text: http://www.marketsandmorality.com/index.php/mandm/issue/view/45

See also:

Forthcoming review essay of James K.A. Smith’s Cultural Liturgies

Blogpost ‘The Political Theology of Thierry Baudet’

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion, Bologna, March 4-7, 2019

 

Auteurscolloquium Tocqueville aan Radboud Universiteit in Nijmegen

Op donderdag 23 mei a.s. neem ik deel aan een eerste auteurscolloquium in het kader van een boekproject over Tocqueville.

Het – besloten – colloquium vindt plaats aan de Faculteit der Filosofie, Theologie en Religiewetenschappen in Nijmegen.

De titel van mijn eigen presentatie luidt: “Het wezen en de oriëntatie van politieke instituties”.

De synopsis van de presentatie ziet er als volgt uit:

“Volgens Tocqueville,, ‘[r]eligion in America takes no direct part in the government of society, but it must nevertheless be regarded as the foremost of the political institutions of that country’ (Vol. I, p. 313). De van oorsprong Canadese, thans aan Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI verbonden filosoof James K.A. Smith sluit hier in zijn recente trilogie Cultural Liturgies in feite bij aan. Zonder Tocqueville bij name te noemen, stelt hij dat ‘[t]he history of Western liberal democracy is one filled with craters from the impact of the gospel’ (III, 120].

Deze metafoor ontleent Smith op zijn beurt weer aan Oliver O’Donovan. Aldus fungeert zijn trilogie mede als richtingwijzer naar het werk van deze Anglicaanse theoloog, evenals naar dat van Augustinus, ‘the animating source of my project’. Ten behoeve van het Tocqueville-project ben ik voornemens daadwerkelijk deze weg terug te volgen naar de boeken die de inspiratie vormden voor in het bijzonder het derde deel van de trilogie van Smith (Awaiting the King. Reforming Public Theology). Ik doe dit mede vanuit de idee dat een nieuwe categorie onderzoek naar recht en religie gewenst is, te weten een die meer dan voorheen theologische inzichten integreert (Stefanus Hendrianto). Het voorlopige oogmerk hierbij is om tot een beter begrip te komen van de hierboven aangehaalde stelling van Tocqueville over religie als belangrijkste politieke institutie.”

Nadere informatie over het boekproject volgt op een later moment.

Zie ook:

Bijdrage aan bundel De Federalist Papers. Bakermat van het moderne constitutionalisme (2018)

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Conference on ‘Public Spirit and Public Virtue’, December 6, 2017, Washington, DC

Participant, Acton University, June 20-23 2017, Grand Rapids, Michigan (I)

 

Forthcoming review essay of James K.A. Smith’s Cultural Liturgies

Following this year’s conference of the European Academy of Conference in Bologna, during which I co-chaired two successful panels on ‘Law and Religion: Public theology and natural law,’ I have been working on two articles on James K.A. Smith’s trilogy.

One, a revision, concerns a review essay in English, provisionally entitled ‘Theological medicine for liberal democracy.’ It is due to appear in the Journal of Markets and Morality later this spring.

The other is a piece in Dutch, on ‘Politieke theologie, natuurrecht en staatsrecht.’ As this was still a first draft which I submitted, we will have to wait and see where it goes from here.

I very much enjoyed working on both articles, however, and will continue to study and write on this topic for the next couple of months.

One reason for this is that, in order to fully grasp Smith’s trilogy, one also has to (re-)read Oliver O’ Donovan’s works The Desire of the Nations and The Ways of Judgment, Smith’s earlier book Introducing Radical Orthodoxy. Mapping a Post-secular Theology and, indeed, St. Augustine’s City of God.

See also:

Brief photo impression of the Annual Conference 2019 of the European Academy of Religion in Bologna, Italy

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion, Bologna, March 4-7, 2019

Panel Chair and Presenter, First Annual Conference, European Academy of Religion, Bologna, 5-8 March, 2018

 

Brief photo impression of the Annual Conference 2019 of the European Academy of Religion in Bologna, Italy

Returning to Bologna felt like coming home this week. A big thank you to the European Academy of Religion for making the Annual Conference 2019 once again such an inspiring event.

A brief photo impression of some personal trivia and highlights:

Alway good to see my recent book on display.

At the conference photo booth.

Second panel on public theology and natural law.

Gala dinner in Palazzo Re Enzo.

Excellent paper by Prof. Gnana Patrick (University of Madras) on the relevance of public theology to the Indian context.

Theologian John Milbank speaking during an impromptu interview session on Radical Orthodoxy in the Modern Philosophy of Religion panel.

Very appropriate after organizing two panels on James K.A. Smith’s Cultural Liturgies: visit to the Basilica of San Giacomo Maggiore, an historic Roman Catholic church, serving a monastery of Augustinian Friars.

See also:

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion, Bologna, March 4-7, 2019

Panel Chair and Presenter, First Annual Conference, European Academy of Religion, Bologna, 5-8 March, 2018

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion, Bologna, March 5-8, 2018

 

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion, Bologna, March 4-7, 2019

From 4-7 March, I will be chairing two panels on philosopher James K.A. Smith’s trilogy during the Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion in Bologna. Read more about the panels here:

‘This panel considers James K.A. Smith’s Cultural Liturgies (Desiring the King, Imagining the King, Awaiting the King) and discusses the potential for scholars in Law and Religion to engage with his public theology along the lines of the legal-theological approach as recently suggested by Stefanus Hendrianto in the journal Law and Method. The panel examines Smith’s reservations concerning natural law doctrine as can be found in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, among other traditions. It explores the potential to use perspectives from Smith’s public theology – in connection with other Christians thinkers such as Augustine – as a legal-theoretical alternative to ideas advanced by Ronald Dworkin and Jürgen Habermas. It will further consider the relevance of Smith’s work in the more general context of public administration. The organizers welcome paper proposals engaging other public theologies than Smith’s, as long as the focus remains on their potential for law and religion scholarship.

Chair:
• Hans-Martien ten Napel (University of Leiden)

Panelists:

• Leonard Taylor (Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway) – Christian Poiesis: A Reading of Awaiting the King. Imagining with the Cultivation of a Posture the New Political Community through the Prism of Catholic Political and Liturgical Thought’ 
• Neville Rochow (Notre Dame Law School) – Australia – A ReImagining of Rawls’ Veil of Unknowing and Original Position 
• Michael Borowski (Independent Researcher) – Mining “the Kingdom” – Appropriating James K.A. Smith’s Trilogy for an Ethical Foundation of (German) Public Administration 
• Mariëtta D.C. van der Tol (University of Cambridge) – Conceptions of National Belonging in Protestant Political Thought 
• Hans-Martien ten Napel (Leiden University) – What’s Wrong with James K.A. Smith’s Criticism of Natural Law?’ 
• Yaron Catane (Bar Ilan University) – The New Dimensions of Public Religion in the Public Sphere’

The panels will be held on Tuesday, March 5, from 14:30 onwards, in
Sala Rubicone – Aemilia Hotel, Via Zaccherini Alvisi, 16. Please stop by if you’re around.

For more information, see https://www.europeanacademyofreligion.org.

See also:

Call for Papers, Panel on Public Theology and its potential for Law and Religion scholarship

Panel Chair and Presenter, First Annual Conference, European Academy of Religion, Bologna, 5-8 March, 2018

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion, Bologna, March 5-8, 2018

 

Call for Papers, Panel on Public Theology and its potential for Law and Religion scholarship

UPDATE: see for the call:

I am currently putting together a panel for the 2019 conference of the European Academy of Religion on the question of what, if anything, law and religion scholarship can learn from public theology works such as James K.A. Smith’s Awaiting the King. Anyone interested in joining the panel, please let me know. The draft description of the panel reads as follows:

This panel considers James K.A. Smith’s Cultural Liturgies (Desiring the King, Imagining the King, Awaiting the King) and discusses the potential for scholars in Law and Religion to engage with his public theology along the lines of the legal-theological approach as recently suggested by Stefanus Hendrianto in the journal Law and Method. The panel examines Smith’s reservations concerning natural law doctrine as can be found in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, among other traditions. It explores the potential to use perspectives from Smith’s public theology – in connection with other Christians thinkers such as Augustine – as a legal-theoretical alternative to ideas advanced by Ronald Dworkin and Jürgen Habermas. It will further consider the relevance of Smith’s work in the more general context of public administration. The organizers welcome paper proposals engaging other public theologies than Smith’s, as long as the focus remains on their potential for law and religion scholarship.

For information on the conference, see: https://www.europeanacademyofreligion.org/general-information

See also:

Panel Chair and Presenter, First Annual Conference, European Academy of Religion, Bologna, 5-8 March, 2018

Upcoming Speaking Engagement: Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion, Bologna, March 5-8, 2018

Law and Religious Freedom Book Panel at the Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature, Boston, Friday, November 17, 2017, 4 PM – 6 PM EST (II)