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Weighing Schmitt’s political theology anew: Implicit religion in politics

Christo Lombaard
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 75, No 3 | a5511 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v75i3.5511 | © 2019 Christo Lombaard | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 April 2019 | Published: 04 November 2019

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Christo Lombaard, Department of Christian Spirituality, Church History and Missiology, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa


Carl Schmitt, in a sense the initiator of Political Theology, proposed that all important political concepts are reinterpretations of or parallels to theological concepts. This insight is in this contribution described and applied to current political thought, for which it is valuable as modern democracies emerge from the secularism of modernism to a more fully self-aware post-secularism.


politics; theology; Carl Schmitt; post-secularism; metaphysics and society; implicit religion; faith and democracy


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