Theology & Philosophy

Political Religions and Freedom in Modern Society


This colloquium studied in a cross-disciplinary perspective the complex interplay between totalitarian political doctrines and religious questions. This topic is especially relevant today, as we are confronted with new forms of fundamentalism and political theology.


Conference Readings

Aron, Raymond. Dawn of Universal History. New York: Perseus Books, 2002.

Constant, Benjamin. Principles of Politics Applicable to All Governments. Edited by Etienne Hofmann. Translated by Dennis O'Keeffe. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, Inc., 2003.

Gentile, Emilio. Politics as Religion. Princeton: University Press, 2006.

Hume, David. Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary. Edited by Eugene F. Miller. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 1987.

Talmon, J.L.. Political Messianism. New York: Perseus Books, 1960.

Voegelin, Eric. Modernity Without Restraint. Columbia, MO: University of Missouri Press, 2000.