The Cambridge Companion to Christian Political Theology

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Craig Hovey, Elizabeth Phillips
Cambridge University Press, Nov 20, 2015 - Religion - 305 pages
Interest in political theology has surged in recent years, and this accessible volume provides a focused overview of the field. Many are asking serious questions about religious faith in secular societies, the origin and function of democratic polities, worldwide economic challenges, the shift of Christianity's center of gravity to the global south, and anxieties related to bold and even violent assertions of theologically determined political ideas. In fourteen original essays, authors examine Christian political theology in order to clarify the contemporary discourse and some of its most important themes and issues. These include up-to-date, critical engagements with historical figures like Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Immanuel Kant; discussions of how the Bible functions theopolitically; and introductions to key movements such as liberation theology, Catholic social teaching, and radical orthodoxy. An invaluable resource for students and scholars in theology, the Companion will also be beneficial to those in history, philosophy, and politics.
 

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Contents

European Political Theology
3
Liberation Theology
23
Public Theology
44
Catholic Social Teaching
67
Protestant Social Ethics
88
Postliberalism and Radical Orthodoxy
110
Postcolonial Theology
133
Scripture
157
Philip Goodchild is Professor of Religion and Philosophy at the University
194
Capitalism and Global Economics
218
Political Theology as Threat
236
Ends
243
Good Rule
256
Eschatology and Apocalyptic
274
Index
297
Copyright

Issues
193

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Craig Hovey is Associate Professor of Religion at Ashland University and Executive Director of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence. His publications include Bearing True Witness: Truthfulness in Christian Practice, Nietzsche and Theology, and To Share in the Body: A Theology of Martyrdom for Today's Church.

Elizabeth Phillips is Tutor in Theology and Ethics at Westcott House, an Anglican seminary affiliated with the University of Cambridge. She is the author of Political Theology: A Guide for the Perplexed.

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