The Blackwell Companion to Political Theology / Edition 1

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Written by a team of international experts, this Companion provides the first comprehensive survey and interpretation of contemporary Christian political theology. It comprises 35 freshly-commissioned essays that embody the best current thinking in the field. These essays explore the political aspects of Christian sources, and consider the interface of theology with political ideologies, including the contribution of theology to feminist, ecological, black and pacifist movements. In assessing the contribution of major political theologians and theological movements, the text indicates how central Christian doctrines such as the Trinity and Christology have politics embedded within them. It also includes two essays that present Jewish and Muslim perspectives on political theology.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Just when I was beginning to think that there are too manycompanion volumes in the world, I have read one that is puredelight. Political theology is a hot topic, and this book isrequired reading for it ... It is a book of books." Stephen H.Webb, Wabash College, Indiana

"An excellent resource for both teaching and research, thisanthology is recommended for every theology library." Daniel J.Kuntz, Brescia University, Owensboro

“This is a very important, pioneering book, full ofscintillating arguments and fresh insights. It is likely toredefine political theology for a new generation, and arouse agreat deal of useful and vigorous debate. It will be anindispensible stimulus and resource for students and scholarsconcerned with the bearing of Christian theology on the politicaland public sphere.” Duncan Forrester, University ofEdinburgh

“The strength of the collection lies in part two, astate-of-the-art summary of political theologies. The usefulness ofcompanion, suitable for seminary libraries, is enhanced by an indexof names and subjects and an index of biblicalreferences.”
Timothy D. Lincoln
Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405157445
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/17/2006
  • Series: Wiley Blackwell Companions to Religion Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 578
  • Sales rank: 1,054,311
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter M. Scott is Senior Lecturer in Christian SocialThought and Director of the Lincoln Theological Institute at theUniversity of Manchester, UK. He is the author of Theology,Ideology and Liberation (1994) and A Political Theology ofNature (2003). He is a member of the Center of TheologicalInquiry, Princeton and the Manchester Centre for Public Theology,and is a director of the Manchester Research Institute for Religionand Civil Society.

William T. Cavanaugh is Associate Professor of Theologyat the University of St Thomas in St Paul, Minnesota, USA. He isthe author of Torture and Eucharist (Blackwell, 1998) andTheopolitical Imagination (2003).

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Table of Contents



Part I: Traditioned Resources: Scripture, Traditions,Liturgy:.

1. Scripture: Old Testament: Walter Brueggemann (ColumbiaTheological Seminary).

2. Scripture: New Testament: Christopher Rowland (Queen'sCollege, Oxford).

3. Augustine: Jean Bethke Elshtain (University of Chicago).

4. Aquinas: Frederick Christian Bauerschmidt (Loyola College inMaryland).

5. The Reformation: Andrew Bradstock (United ReformedChurch).

6. Liturgy: Bernd Wannenwetsch (Harris Manchester College).

Part II: Political Theologies: Survey:.

7. Eastern Orthodox Thought: Michael Plekon (City University,New York).

8. Carl Schmitt: Michael Hollerich (University of StThomas).

9. Karl Barth: Haddon Willmer (University of Leeds).

10. Dietrich Bonhoeffer: Stanley Hauerwas (Duke DivinitySchool).

11. John Courtney Murray: Michael J. Baxter (University of NotreDame).

12. William Temple: Alan M. Suggate (University of Durham).

13. Reinhold Niebuhr: William Werpehowski (VillanovaUniversity).

14. Feminist Theology, Southern: Kwok Pui-Lan (Epicopal DivinitySchool, Cambridge).

15. Feminist Theology, Northern: Elaine Graham (University ofManchester).

16. Jürgen Moltmann: Nicholas Adams (University ofEdinburgh).

17. Johann Baptist Metz: J. Matthew Ashley (University of NotreDame).

18. Political Theologies in Asia: Aloysius Pieris (TulanaResearch Centre, Sri Lanka).

19. Black Political Theologies: M. Shawn Copeland (MarquetteUniversity).

20. Gustavo Gutiérrez: Roberto S. Goizueta (BostonCollege).

21. Stanley Hauerwas: R.R. Reno (Creighton University).

Part III: Constructive Political Theology:.

22. Trinity: Kathryn Tanner (University of Chicago).

23. Creation: Peter Scott (University of Manchester).

24. Christology: Raymund Schwager (Institute fur SystematicheTheologie, Austria).

25. Atonement: Timothy J. Gorringe (University of Exeter).

26. Spirit: Mark Lewis Taylor (Princeton TheologicalSeminary).

27. Church: William T. Cavanaugh (University of St Thomas).

28. Eschatology: Robert W. Jenson (Centre of TheologicalInquiry, Princeton).

Part IV: Structures And Movements:.

29. State And Civil Society: Daniel M. Bell, Jr. (LutheranTheological Southern Seminary).

30. Democracy: John W. de Gruchy (University of Cape Town).

31. Critical Theory: Marsha Aileen Hewitt (Trinity College,Toronto).

32. Postmodernism: Catherine Pickstock (Emmanuel College,Cambridge).

33. Globalization: Peter Sedgwick (UK).

Part V: Perspectives:.

34. The Islamic Quest For Sociopolitical Justice: BustamiMohamed Khir (University of Birmingham).

35. Abrahamic Theo-Politics: A Jewish View: Peter Ochs(University of Virginia).

Index of Names and Subjects.

Index of Biblical References.

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