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Divine Democracy: Political Theology after Carl Schmitt

Miguel Vatter


The ‘return of religion’ in the public sphere and the emergence of postsecular societies have propelled the discourse of political theology into the centre of contemporary democratic theory. This situation calls forth the question addressed in this book: Is a democratic political theology possible? Carl Schmitt first developed the idea of the Christian theological foundations of modern legal and political concepts in order to criticize the secular basis of liberal democracy. He employed political theology to argue for the continued legitimacy of the absolute sovereignty of the state against th ... More

Keywords: Christianity, political theology, democracy, people, representation, legitimacy, constitutionalism, Gnosticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780190942359
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190942359.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Miguel Vatter, author
Professor of Politics, Flinders University, Australia