The premises of republican theology come in for heavy criticism within Christian political philosophy in the late twentieth and twenty-first centuries, among both critics of the natural rights tradition, such as Stanley Hauerwas and Oliver O’Donovan, and supporters of natural rights, like Nicholas Wolterstorff. A growing number of evangelical elites in the early twentieth century, including some veteran right-wing operatives like Michael Gerson, voice misgivings about the New Right alliance and the limited government ideology. The temptation to interpret these expressions as a shift in political theology among American evangelicals should be tempered by the knowledge that republican theology is a resilient and dominant tradition. None of its viable alternatives has ever attracted widespread commitment within the evangelical community for very long. What this book has attempted is an account of republican theology’s durability as a tradition, in spite of – or perhaps because of – its contrary impulses.
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