Academic journal article Theological Studies

An Eerdmans Reader in Contemporary Political Theology

Academic journal article Theological Studies

An Eerdmans Reader in Contemporary Political Theology

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AN EERDMANS READER IN CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THEOLOGY. Edited by William Cavanaugh, Jeffrey Bailey, and Craig Hovey. Grand Rapids MI: Eerdmans, 2012. Pp. xxiv + 812. $31.25.

Political theology runs the gamut from more conservative views to transformative views, to church-run states and, conversely, secularist antireligious regimes. To engage seriously with the question (and understanding) of how the church works in public arenas and interacts with the state is, simultaneously, to cover a rich range of theological topics. This judicious selection covers the following themes: reading the Bible politically; liturgy and politics; kingdom come; America and the church; in the shadow of Auschwitz; confronting the powers; gender and race; postcolonial challenges; church-based politics; Christendom reconsidered; and just-war theory.

Included among the authors are Virgil Michel, Walter Rauschenbush, Gustavo Gutierrez, John Sobrino, Reinhold Niebuhr, H. Richard Niebuhr, John Courtney Murray, Carl Schmitt, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Karl Barth, Johann Baptist Metz, Dorothee Solle, Walter Wink, Rosemary Radford Ruether, James Cone, Desmond Tutu, John Howard Yoder, Stanley Hauerwas, Rowan Williams, George Weigel, Oliver O'Donovan, Augustinians and non-Augustinians, Christ-against-Culture theorists, and devotees of Christ--transforming culture. …

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