Response: Contingency and Contestation in Christianity and Liberalism

9 Pages Posted: 14 May 2023

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Michael P. Moreland

Villanova University - Charles Widger School of Law

Date Written: March 1, 2023

Abstract

The essays in this Symposium engage in recurring sets of issues, and here I wish to highlight four of them: (1) the relationship between liberalism and theological traditions; (2) the historically contingent and contested accounts of how liberalism and Christianity have developed over centuries in a relationship that has varied from conciliatory to hostile and what implications that account has for the history of ideas; (3) debates in legal scholarship that are illuminated by posing broader questions about liberalism, Christianity, and constitutionalism, and in particular the relationship of liberalism to different social forms, including religious institutions; (4) the renewed interest in the relationship between liberalism and Christianity in light of a new generation of critics of liberalism, whether Catholic integralists or other types of anti-liberalism, and the question—posed forcefully at the end of Steven Smith’s paper—of if not liberalism, then what else?

Keywords: Christianity, liberalism, constitutionalism

JEL Classification: K10, K30

Suggested Citation

Moreland, Michael P., Response: Contingency and Contestation in Christianity and Liberalism (March 1, 2023). Notre Dame Law Review, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4436341

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