Anxious about empire: theological essays on the new global realities
Brazos Press, 2004 - Political Science - 218 pages
On September 20, 2002, approximately one year after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the White House released a document intended to change the course of American history. That document, which outlined plans for a "new American empire," was titled The National Security Strategy for the United States of America. Anxious about Empire, a collection of writings by theologians, biblical scholars, and pastors, offers a biblically-based critique of the United States' foreign policy and national security strategy following the 9/11 attacks. The contributors, including Robert Bellah and Wendell Berry, address issues such as the incompatibility of Christianity and nationalism and the use of scripture in imperial rhetoric. Anxious about Empire will be a valuable resource for pastors, lay groups, and individual Christians striving to discern the church's response in these baffling political times.
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Anxious About Empire: Theological Essays on the New Global Realities is an excellent book. As an edited book, there are aces and spaces meaning that some essays are better written than others; but, by and large, these essays are well-written, thoughtful, and add to the dialogue about Americas place in the global community. I found that some of the young writers Assistant Professors had much to say and used their own research well. I am anxious to read more of their thinking. I also found that pastors also wrote well, and added insights from their own theoretical and denominational frames. I recommend the book. I took thorough notes throughout and will use these notes in other academic venues. I suppose that, because the books existence is a reaction to the 2002 National Security Strategy, it could be seen by those who read on the surface as dated perhaps a reason for its inexpensive price but I found the key concepts and ideas transcendent. This book is also well-balanced. There is much to recommend it another fine addition from Brazos to a broad spectrum of socio-political-economic thought.
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