March 23rd 2019


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COVER STORY Federally, the pro-family voter is starved for choice

SPECIAL EDITORIAL Has Cardinal George Pell been wrongly convicted?

EDITORIAL For politicians: lessons from Europe's emerging pro-family parties

ENERGY Hundreds of years of oil and gas reserves; if we want to use them

THE CARDINAL AND THE MEDIA Four Corners: the third trial of Cardinal Pell

SOCIETY AND RELIGION The future belongs to those who possess the past

SCIENCE Are summer heatwaves caused by climate change?

CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE The roots of the breaking of a fundamental taboo

CARDINAL PELL CONVICTION Triumphalism over Pell verdict shows civilisation is just a veneer

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS President Donald Trump: an unlikely promise keeper Part 1

THE AUSTRALIAN CLIMATE Same old same old in our beloved sunburnt country

THE AUSTRALASIAN A three years' drought

ASIAN AFFAIRS Taiwan reaches out to its regional neighbours

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS Covington boys: left hoist on its bigots' petard

MUSIC Time's unfolding: One of music's raw materials

CINEMA Stan & Ollie: Past joys, past sorrows

BOOK REVIEW The three-part attack on the home

BOOK REVIEW What draining the DC swamp turns up

LETTERS

POETRY

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C.S. LEWIS ON POLITICS AND THE NATURAL LAW

Justin Dyer and Micah J. Watson

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Conventional wisdom holds that C. S. Lewis was uninterested in politics and public affairs. The conventional wisdom is wrong. As Justin Buckley Dyer and Micah J. Watson show in this groundbreaking work, Lewis was deeply interested in the fundamental truths and falsehoods about human nature and how these conceptions manifest themselves in the contested and turbulent public square. Ranging from the depths of Lewis' philosophical treatments of epistemology and moral pedagogy to practical considerations of morals legislation and responsible citizenship, this book explores the contours of Lewis' multi-faceted Christian engagement with political philosophy generally and the natural-law tradition in particular. Drawing from the full range of Lewis' corpus and situating his thought in relationship to both ancient and modern seminal thinkers, C. S. Lewis on Politics and the Natural Law offers an unprecedented look at politics and political thought from the perspective of one of the twentieth century's most influential writers.

  • Offers a unique combination of two popular topics, C. S. Lewis and politics; this is the first book exclusively dedicated to C. S. Lewis' political thought
  • Appeals to a wide audience, including academics who wish to better understand Lewis and who also want to better understand Evangelicals, traditional Catholics, and other religious believers for whom Lewis is a significant influence
  • Provides insight not only into Lewis' thought, but also the religious and political thought of his significant and enduring audience
  • Addresses the challenges of pluralism and politics, providing a better understanding of how the role of Christianity in Western cultures has been shifting in recent decades

 

About the authors

Justin Buckley Dyer is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri. He is the author of Natural Law and the Antislavery Constitutional Tradition (Cambridge, 2012); Slavery, Abortion, and the Politics of Constitutional Meaning (Cambridge, 2013); and the editor of American Soul: The Contested Legacy of the Declaration of Independence (2012). He earned a PhD in government at the University of Texas, Austin, and a BA and MPA at the University of Oklahoma.

Micah J. Watson is 2015–16 William Spoelhof Teacher-Scholar Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science at Calvin College, Michigan. He is the co-editor of Natural Law and Evangelical Political Thought (2012), and has contributed chapters to this book as well as John Rawls and Christian Social Engagement (2015), and Reason, Revelation, and the Civic Order (2014). In 2010–11 he was the William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and Public Life at Princeton University, New Jersey. He earned his PhD in politics at Princeton University, and his MA in Church-State Studies at Baylor University, Texas.

 


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