Democracy and the Neo-Calvinist Tradition

Fred Van Geest

In this essay, Fred Van Geest highlights the features of neo-Calvinist political thought that pose challenges and opportunities for developing a normative democratic theory based on biblical principles. Several contemporary models of democracy are reviewed to demonstrate some of the important issues that arise when considering how democracy fits together with ideas of justice. This lays the groundwork for identifying some of the basic principles of a model of democracy that is compatible with neo-Calvinist political theory and a general Christian approach to justice and democracy. Mr. Van Geest is a Professor of Political Science at Bethel University.

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