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Author Gascoigne, Robert.

Title The church and secularity [electronic resource] : two stories of liberal society / Robert Gascoigne.

Imprint Washington, D.C. : Georgetown University Press, ©2009.

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Description 1 online resource (x, 179 pages).
Series Moral traditions series
Moral traditions series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction -- The two stories of liberal society -- Church, kingdom, and secularity -- The virtues of noninstrumental relationships -- Christian hope and the Eucharist : witness and service -- Two stories of liberal society and contemporary -- Catholic identity.
Summary Western liberal societies are characterized by two stories: a positive story of freedom of conscience and the recognition of community and human rights, and a negative story of unrestrained freedom that leads to self-centeredness, vacuity, and the destructive compromise of human values. Can the Catholic Church play a more meaningful role in assisting liberal societies in telling their better story? Australian ethicist Robert Gascoigne thinks it can. In The Church and Secularity he considers the meaning of secularity as a shared space for all citizens and asks how the Church can contribute to a sensitivity to -- and respect for -- human dignity and human rights. Drawing on Augustine's City of God and Vatican II's Gaudium et spes, Gascoigne interprets the meaning of freedom in liberal societies through the lens of Augustine's "two loves," the love of God and neighbor and the love of self, and reveals how the two are connected to our contemporary experience. The Church and Secularity argues that the Church can serve liberal societies in a positive way and that its own social identity, rooted in Eucharistic communities, must be bound up with the struggle for human rights and resistance to the commodification of the human in all its forms.
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Subject Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo. De civitate Dei.
Vatican Council (2nd : 1962-1965 : Basilica di San Pietro in Vaticano). Constitutio pastoralis de ecclesia in mundo huius temporis.
Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo.
Vatican Council (2 : 1962-1965.
Constitutio pastoralis de ecclesia in mundo huius temporis (Vatican Council)
De civitate Dei (Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo)
Church and the world.
Liberalism -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Liberty -- Religious aspects -- Christianity.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Gascoigne, Robert. Church and secularity. Washington, D.C. : Georgetown University Press, ©2009 (DLC) 2008054428
ISBN 9781589017252 (electronic bk.)
1589017250 (electronic bk.)
1589014901 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
9781589014909 (pbk. ; alk. paper)