A New Communion: Reimagining Progressive Liberalism as a Religious Phenomenon

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2023

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Barnett, Caroline

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The scholarly conversation regarding the overlap between religious and political institutions is extraordinary in scope, but contemporary behaviors associated with American progressive liberalism and their relation to the rituals of the Christian tradition have received relatively little academic attention. This thesis compares communal phenomena such as origin mythology, “cancel culture,” “wokeism,” and Twitter to their counterparts within the Christian Church, including excommunication, revelation, and catechesis. The works of Carl Schmitt, Eric Voegelin, and Molly Brigid McGrath provide the style of examination that guides these comparisons. Through its investigation, this thesis functions as an insightful thought experiment to shape further academic inquiry into the nature of American political conflict and its potential solutions.

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Political science., Political philosophy., Religion., Sociology., Christian tradition., Progressive., Liberal., American politics., Progressive liberalism., Religious ritual., Communal behavior.

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