Christianity and Contemporary Politics: The Conditions and Possibilities of Faithful Witness (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Sep 13, 2011 - Religion - 272 pages
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Congratulations to Luke Bretherton on winning the 2013 Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing for Christianity and Contemporary Politics!

Relations between religious and political spheres continue to stir passionate debates on both sides of the Atlantic. Through a combination of theological reflection and empirical case studies, Bretherton succeeds in offering timely and invaluable insights into these crucial issues facing 21st century societies. 

  • Explores the relationship between Christianity and contemporary politics through case studies of faith-based organizations, Christian political activism and welfare provision in the West; these case studies assess initiatives including community organizing, fair trade, and the sanctuary movement
    Offers an insightful, informative account of how Christians can engage politically in a multi-faith, liberal democracy
  • Integrates debates in political theology with inter-disciplinary analysis of policy and practice regarding religious social, political and economic engagement in the USA, UK, and continental Europe
  • Reveals how Christians can help prevent the subversion of the church – and even of politics itself – by legal, bureaucratic, and market mechanisms, rather than advocating withdrawal or assimilation
  • Engages with the intricacies of contemporary politics whilst integrating systematic and historical theological reflection on political and economic life
  

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Contents

Preface
1945
FaithBased Organizations and the Emerging
1977
Public Reason
1990
Saeculum
30
Politics without Piety Is Pitiless Piety without
41
National
28
Global
58
Conclusion Toward a Politics of Hospitality and
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Local
2
Bibliography
8
Index
2003
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About the author (2011)

Luke Bretherton is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Politics, and Convener of the Faith and Public Policy Forum at King’s College London. He has worked with a variety of faith-based NGOs, missions, and churches in several national and international contexts. He is the author of Hospitality as Holiness: Christian Witness Amid Moral Diversity (2006) and Reviews Editor for the journal Political Theology.

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