In the past, Christianity has had both positive and negative influences on democracy. Christian churches have served as benevolent agents of welfare and catalysts of political reform. But they have also served as belligerent allies of repression and censors of human rights. Christian theology has helped to cultivate democratic ideas of equality, li
Table of Contents
Foreword -- Introduction -- Catholicism and Democracy: Conflict, Change, and Collaboration -- Christianity and Democracy in Europe -- Christianity and Democracy in Europe: The Christian Democratic Movement -- “In Common Together”: Christianity and Democracy in America -- Toward a Contemporary Christian Democratic Politics in the United States -- A New Order of Religious Freedom -- A Feminist Perspective: Christianity, Democracy, and Feminist Theology -- The Promise of Democracy: Theological Reflections on Universality and Liminality -- Christianity and the Spanish Conquest of the Americas -- Democracy and Christianity in Latin America -- Christian Democracy, Liberation Theology, the Catholic Right, and Democracy in Latin America -- Unmasking the Powers: Christianity, Authority, and Desacralization in Modern African Politics -- The Christian Churches and Democracy in Contemporary Africa -- From Revolution to Reconstruction: The South Africa Imperative -- An African Christian in Search of Democracy -- The Challenge of Christianity and Democracy in the Soviet Union -- Is Christianity a Help or Hindrance to Indian Democracy? -- Postscript: To Be Human Is To Be Free
John Witte, Jr. is the Jonas Robitscher professor of law and ethics, and director of the law and religion program at Emory University, Atlanta. A specialist in legal history and religious liberty, he has published twelve books and 120 professional articles, and has lectured throughout North America, Europe, Israel, and South Africa.