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Democracy: Instrument for or Expression of a Christian Political Order?

Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, Issue 11, p. 42, 2013

8 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2013  

George Harinck

VU University Amsterdam

Hans-Martien ten Napel

Leiden Law School

Date Written: January 27, 2013

Abstract

Is separation of the political and religious realms necessary for a democracy to flourish? This article argues that, whereas both the Catholic Church’s social teaching and Protestant thinking, especially as developed in the Netherlands, recognize the relationship between religion and democracy, only Catholicism explicitly acknowledges that Christianity is vital for sustaining democracy. Compared with the Catholic Church’s social teaching, Herman Dooyeweerd’s views on values and democracy, for example, are relatively underdeveloped. Even after his death, Dooyeweerd’s thought continues to influence one of the Dutch Protestant political parties, insofar as it still regards democracy as an instrument for a Christian political order, rather than as the expression of one.

Suggested Citation

Harinck, George and ten Napel, Hans-Martien, Democracy: Instrument for or Expression of a Christian Political Order? (January 27, 2013). Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, Issue 11, p. 42, 2013. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2213873

George Harinck

VU University Amsterdam ( email )

De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, ND North Holland 1081 HV
Netherlands

Hans-Martien Ten Napel (Contact Author)

Leiden Law School ( email )

P.O. Box 9520
2300 RA Leiden, NL-2300RA
Netherlands

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