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Volume 133

Guests on Volume 133
Darío Fernández-Morera, on the real history of Islamic Spain in the Middle Ages;
Francis Oakley, on the enduring belief in sacral kingship and the secularization of politics in the late Middle Ages;
Oliver O'Donovan, on why all political authority can only be properly understood by way of analogy with God’s kingship;
Thomas Storck, on the conflicts between “Americanism” and Catholic social teaching;
John Safranek, on the self-contradictory character of modern liberalism;
Brian Brock, on the challenges and opportunities of being a 'Church theologian' in a secular university;
George Marsden, on the birth and influential life of C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity.

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'Two of today's leading experts on the Christian political tradition plumb significant moments in premodern Christian political thought, using them in original and adventurous ways to clarify, criticize, and redirect contemporary political perspectives and discussions. Drawing on the Bible and the Western history of ideas, Oliver and Joan Lockwood O'Donovan explore key Christian voices on "the political" - political action, political institutions, and political society. Covered here are Bonaventure, Thomas, Ockham, Wycliff, Erasmus, Luther, Grotius, Barth, Ramsey, and key modern papal encyclicals. The authors' discussion takes them across a wide range of political concerns, from economics and personal freedom to liberal democracy and the nature of statehood. Ultimately, these insightful essays point to political judgment as the strength of the past theological tradition and its eclipse as the weakness of present political thought.' :: https://amazon.com/Bonds-Imperfection-Oliver-ODonovan/dp/080284975X/

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'The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise provides a desperately needed reassessment of medieval Spain. As professors, politicians, and pundits continue to celebrate Islamic Spain for its “multiculturalism” and “diversity,” Fernández-Morera sets the historical record straight—showing that a politically useful myth is a myth nonetheless.' :: https://amazon.com/Myth-Andalusian-Paradise-Christians-Medieval/dp/1610170954

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'In this book—the first volume in his groundbreaking trilogy on the emergence of western political thought—Francis Oakley explores the roots of secular political thinking by examining the political ideology and institutions of Hellenistic and late Roman antiquity and of the early European middle ages. By challenging the popular belief that the ancient Greek and Roman worlds provided the origins of our inherently secular politics, Oakley revises our understanding of the history of political theory in a fundamental and far-reaching manner that will reverberate for decades. This book lays the foundations for Oakley's next two volumes, which will develop his argument that it is in the Latin middle ages that we must seek the ideological roots of modern political secularism.' :: https://amazon.com/Empty-Bottles-Gentilism-Antiquity-Emergence/dp/0300155387/

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'This book by Oliver O'Donovan is a work of systematic Christian political thought, combining Biblical interpretation, historical discussion of the Western political and theological tradition, theoretical construction and critical engagement with contemporary views. It argues for an alternative to political theology, one that is more politically constructive than the dominant models of the past generation.' :: https://amazon.com/Desire-Nations-Rediscovering-Political-Theology/dp/0521665167/

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In launching the Areopagus Lectures, MARS HILL AUDIO hopes to stimulate conversation among our neighbors about how to navigate this time in the Church’s history with wisdom, courage, and hope. 
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