This comprehensive volume provides crucial insights from contemporary academics and practitioners into how positive interventions might be made into post-secular political spaces that have emerged in the wake of the economic, political, and social upheavals of the 2008 global financial crisis. The failure of liberal democracy to deal effectively with such challenges has led to scapegoating of the poor, immigrants, and Muslims, and contributed to the populist electoral success of, among others, the Leave campaign during the 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum, and Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign. These shocks have highlighted contemporary political spaces defined by what has been termed ‘all the posts’: postmodern, post-Christendom, post-liberal, post-political, and post-secular.
This collection examines emerging attempts to understand and advance the cause of wellbeing within this context. The authors address a variety of key issues including: (re)configuring mythologies for the common good; deploying love and friendship politically; motivating new social movements; valuing the other; recovering displaced and devalued political narratives; finding alternatives to the previously dominant neo-liberalism; listening deeply for social transformation; and overcoming adversarial party politics.
This book was originally published online as a special issue of the journal Global Discourse.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Cultivating new post-secular political space 2. Beyond populist politics: why conventional politics needs to conjure myths of its own and why it struggles to do so 3. Between radical orthodoxy and the turn to the empirical: a reply to Stacey 4. What are the politics of love? 5. Examining self-love, love of the ‘other’ and love of the ‘enemy’: a reply to Mitchell 6. Friendship and the new politics: beyond community 7. Friendship in politics, community, populism and liberalism: a response to Nordin and Smith 8. The decay of Western liberalism and the Christological alternative 9. The decay of western liberalism and the christological alternative: a reply to Ben Wood 10. Love your enemy? An aesthetic discourse analysis of self-transcendence in values-motivated altruism 11. Carving a dialogical epistemology for investigating altruism: A reply to Mitchell and Eiroa–Orosa 12. Transcending the tribalism of the culture wars spectrum 13. Neo-Gnosticism, ideology and the culture wars: the contemplative antidote – perennial tensions: a reply to Jersak
Roger Haydon Mitchell is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion at the University of Lancaster, UK, where he is the partnerships coordinator for the Richardson Institute for Peace Studies. He is also a member of faculty at the Westminster Theological Centre, UK.