Review: Politics and the Order of Love: An Augustinian Ethic of Democratic Citizenship

The Journal of Religion, Vol. 90, PP. 269–272.

By Richard B. Miller

Eric Gregory’s Politics and the Order of Love: An Augustinian Ethic of Democratic Citizenship has two aims: first, to recast debates over modern liberalism as debates over the political implications of the Augustinian legacy and, second, to rationally reconstruct Augustine’s ideas in order to address the question, Which themes from the Augustinian tradition “when combined in the right way, would give the most adequate normative account of the responsibilities and virtues of citizens, leaders, and institutions in a liberal democracy?” (1–2). The book seeks to offer not a new interpretation of Augustine but rather an account of Augustinian love as providing a motivational basis for participating in liberal democratic politics along lines that Gregory calls “Augustinian civic liberalism” as represented by contemporary feminists, liberationists, and civil rights activists. Toward defending that account, the book moves along several levels, three of which are prominent.

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