Beyond Theologies of Resentment: An Appreciation of Jeffrey Stout's "Democracy and Tradition"

David Fergusson

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Jeffrey Stout’s latest book is likely to command even wider attention amongst
theologians than Ethics after Babel (1988). Written in three parts and comprising
material some of which has already appeared in other contexts, the book argues
several theses. The modern democratic tradition is richer and more complex than
exponents and critics of Rawlsian liberalism tend to recognise. This tradition
should continue to accommodate religious voices, although these need to be
more patient of democratic politics than recent theologies of ‘resentment’. A
moral pragmatism provides the best philosophical framework for promoting
the discourse and practices of democracy. Each of these claims merits further
elaboration before some critical remarks are ventured.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-197
Number of pages15
JournalScottish Journal of Theology
Issue number02
Publication statusPublished - May 2006


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