Christianity and Democracy: A Theology for a Just World Order

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Examining the role of Christianity in the development of democracy, this study traces the relationship from early Christendom to its virtual breakdown as democracy became the polity of modernity. It focuses on five 20th-century case studies, including Nazi Germany and South Africa.
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Overview

Examining the role of Christianity in the development of democracy, this study traces the relationship from early Christendom to its virtual breakdown as democracy became the polity of modernity. It focuses on five 20th-century case studies, including Nazi Germany and South Africa.
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"De Gruchy has made an excellent contribution to a burgeoning field of research and a thoughtful offering to churches as they reflect on their future role in democratizing societies." Religion and Values in Public Life

"After a helpful conceptual schematization, de Gruchy surveys the history of political thought, presents his own insightful account of the contemporary situation, and offers a constructive proposal....one hopes his future work will continue this book's important project..." Anglican Theological Review

"De Grunchy's intriguing analysis adds new luster to this well-received Cambridge series." Choice

"...de Gruchy is to be congratulated for seeing that theological reflection on the issue at hand cannot proceed apart from an investigation into the present and past history of interconnections between Christianity and democracy." Kathryn Tanner, Modern Theology

"While some might contest de Gruchy's embrace of what amounts to a neo-constantinian position for the church, his straightforward defense of democracy as the best available option for embodying penultimate expressions of God's shalom is a welcome retrieval of the question of Christianity and democracy from the hands of capitalism's court chaplains." Daniel M. Bell, Jr., Journal of Church and State

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Table of Contents

General editors' preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Pt. I The System and the Vision 13
1 Democracy: an open-ended tradition 15
2 The prophetic vision 40
Pt. II Historical and Theological Connections 55
3 The Christian matrix 57
4 The polity of modernity 95
Pt. III Churches and the Struggle for Democracy 129
5 Civil rights and liberation in the Americas 131
6 The post-colonial struggle for democracy in sub-Saharan Africa 165
7 Midwives of democracy in East Germany and South Africa 193
Pt. IV Critical Theological Reflection 225
8 A Theology for a just democratic world order 227
Select bibliography 279
Index of names 282
Index of subjects 285
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