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By John W. de Gruchy

During this very important learn John de Gruchy examines the prior, current and destiny roles of Christianity within the improvement of democracy. He lines the connection from its gestation in early Christendom to its digital breakdown as democracy turns into the polity of modernity, and specializes in 5 twentieth-century case reports, together with Nazi Germany and South Africa, which show the revival of the church buildings as a strength within the fight for democracy. His conclusions element how one can the advance of a theology for a simply international order.

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They certainly need to remain in critical tension with each other, but we also need to go beyond both. 50 At the same time, parties to the left are necessary in order to prevent liberal democratic governments from becoming elitist one-party affairs,51 and to ensure that the question of the just distribution of wealth is undertaken. 52 GENDER, CULTURAL PLURALISM, AND GLOBAL DEMOCRACY Liberal democracy, Anne Phillips argues, 'has not served women well'. 53 From the beginning it has been patriarchal.

Whatever criticism may be directed against liberal democracy, its gains and potential must not be denied. 69 Like its feminist critics, non-western critics of liberal democracy affirm some of its core values without espousing its possessive individualism. As Bhikhu Parekh argues, liberalism may define human rights 'in narrowly, elitist and bourgeois terms', but 'it gives democracy moral depth by insisting on the inviolability of basic human rights and on the protection of minorities and dissenting individuals'.

332f. ' in Held, Prospects for Democracy, p. 93. Carole P a t e m a n , The Sexual Contract, Cambridge: Polity Press, 1988; The Disorder of Women, C a m b r i d g e : Polity Press, 1988. 28 The system and the vision democratic label seeing that it really excludes meaningful citizen participation. At the heart of Phillips' critique is the tension between a universalizing theory of human equality, and the specificities of gender. Are there individuals who are unrelated to historical relations and culture?

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