Commonwealth and Covenant: Economics, Politics, and Theologies of Relationality

Commonwealth and Covenant. This 2016 volume applies intellectual history, philosophy, and theologies of relationality (Christian and Jewish) to develop a framework for economic and political policy. A “magisterial study of relationality in Western theology and culture”—William Storrar, Center for Theological Inquiry.

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What framework should we use to develop economic and political policy? Pally describes that framework or ontology as “separability-amid-situatedness.” We are unique individuals, yet we become our singular selves through the networks of relations and responsibilities to the people and environments around us. Our separability and situatedness must be included together in worldview and policy, for together they bring broad-based opportunity and societal principles we can believe in. “Separability-amid-situatedness” is described in Part I using secular western philosophy and intellectual history, and in Part II, using the concepts of covenant, Trinity, gift, and grace. The conclusion suggests specific economic and political policies that emerge from the “separability-amid-situatedness” worldview.