Christian Political Philosophy

Essays Online

The relation between Christianity and Political Philosophy is itself an aspect of the problem of reason and revelation and their interrelationship.


Bibliography: Books to Get Started

To introduce someone to this general topic a number of books might be mentioned:

1) Frederick Wilhelmsen, Christianity and Political Philosophy
2) Heinrich Rommen, The State in Catholic Thought
3) Jacques Maritain, Man and the State
4) Thomas Molnar, Politics and the State: The Catholic View
5) Charles N. R. McCoy, The Structure of Political Thought
6) Yves Simon, The Philosophy of Democratic Government
7) John Paul II, Centesimus Annus
8) Glenn Tinder, The Political Meaning of Christianity
9) C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
10) David Walsh, After Ideology

Ernest Fortin's three volumes of essays in political philosophy published by Rowman & Littlefield, 1997, should also be added.


Books by Schall
on Reason and Revelation,
Christianity and Political Philosophy

1) Christianity and Politics
2) The Politics of Heaven and Hell: Christian Themes from Classical, Medieval and Modern Political Philosophy
3) Reason, Revelation, and the Foundations of Political Philosophy

4) The Church, the State and Society in the Thought of John Paul II
5) At the Limits of Political Philosophy: From "Brilliant Errors" to Things of Uncommon Importance"
6) Jacques Maritain: The Philosopher in Society


Schall Essays Online

1) "Catholicism and the Forms of Democracy"
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From Gregorianum, Rome, 75 (#3, 1994), 469-90.

2) "The Role of Christian Philosophy in Politics"
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From The American Catholic Philosophic Quarterly, LXIX (#1, 1995), 1-14.

3) "How Revelation Addresses Itself to Politics"
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From Policy Reform & Moral Grounding, Edited by T. William Boxx and Gary Quinlivan (Latrobe, PA.: St. Vincent College Center for Economic and Policy Education, 1995), pp. 1-20.

4) "The Mystery of the 'Mystery of Israel'"
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From Maritain and the Jews, Edited by Robert Royal (Notre Dame: American Maritain Society / University of Notre Dame Press, 1994), pp. 51-71.

5) "Entitlements: Unintended Paradoxes of the Generous State"
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From Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy, 11 (#2, 1997), 467-85.

6) "Remarks on the Generation of Morals"
Remarks by James V. Schall, S. J., Georgetown University, to the Conference Panel on "Religion and the Generation of Morality," with Harry Jaffa, Claremont College, and Walter McDougall, the University of Pennsylvania. The Claremont Institute Conference "Progress or Return? Beyond Enlightenment," February 28-29, 1992, Claremont, California.

7) "Immanent in the Souls of Men"
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"Introduction" to Acquaintance with the Absolute: The Philosophy of Yves Simon, Ed. A. Simon (New York: Fordham University Press, 1998), 1-18.

8) "On the Most Mysterious of the Virtues"
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From Gregorianum, Fall, 1998, forthcoming.


Bibliography: Other Essays

1) "The Christian Guardians," in The Distinctiveness of Christianity

2) "The Person from Within: The Foundations of Social Teachings," in Does Catholicism Still Exist?

3) "Political Theory: The Place of Christianity," in Essays on Christianity and Political Philosophy, Edited by George Carey and James V. Schall, (Lanham, MD.: University Press of America, 1984), pp. 93-106

4) "Political Philosophy and Christianity," in Religion, Wealth, and Poverty

5) "The Altar as the Throne," in Churches on the Wrong Road, Edited by Stanley Atkins and Theodore McConnell (Chicago: Gateway, 1986), 193-238

6) "Catholicism and the American Experience," in The Best of This World, Edited by Michael Scully (Lanham, MD.: University Press of America, 1986), pp. 1-13

7) "Catholicism, Business, and Human Priorities," in The Judeo-Christian Vision and the Modern Corporation, Edited by Oliver Williams and John Houck (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 1982), pp. 107-40

8) "The Teaching of Centesimus Annus," Gregorianum, Rome, 74 (#1, 1993), 17-43

On the topic of Christian Political Philosophy, see also the sections online at this web site devoted to St. Augustine, St. Thomas, and the Papacy.