Christian Realism and the New Realities

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Are religion and public lifed really separate spheres of human activity? Should they be? In this book, Robin Lovin criticises contemporary political and theological views that separate religion from public life and advocates a more integrated understanding of modern society. Drawing on the work of two influential twentieth-century theologians, Reinhold Niebuhr and Dietrich Bonhoeffer, he argues that: *'Christian realism' encourages responsible engagement with social and political problems *Political commitment is not confined to the sphere of law and government *The decisions of individuals influence global ethics

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'Robin Lovin offers an informative history of Christian realism followed by an appraisal of its contemporary state and prospects … particularly refreshing is the wide conception of politics he sketches, located in several interlocking spheres, orders, contexts, places of responsibility, or, following Bonhoeffer, mandates: work, family, government, church and culture.' Theology
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521603003
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/30/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin W. Lovin is Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, where he previously served as Dean of the Perkins School of Theology. He is a graduate of Northwestern University and Harvard University and an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church. He was previously Dean at the Theological School of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, and has also taught at the Divinity School of the University of Chicago. His previous books include Reinhold Niebuhr and Christian Realism (1994).

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Table of Contents

1 Reflections on the end of an era 19

2 A short history of Christian realism 43

3 Contexts of responsibility 84

4 Unapologetic politics 117

5 A global order 152

6 Human goods and human dignity 181

Select bibliography 223

Index 229

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