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Christianity and Democracy: A Theology for a Just World Order
     

Christianity and Democracy: A Theology for a Just World Order

by John W. de Gruchy
 

ISBN-10: 0521458412

ISBN-13: 9780521458412

Pub. Date: 06/01/1995

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

In this important study John de Gruchy examines the past, present and future roles of Christianity in the development of democracy. He traces the relationship from its gestation in early Christendom to its virtual breakdown as democracy becomes the polity of modernity, and focuses on five twentieth-century case studies, including Nazi Germany and South Africa,

Overview

In this important study John de Gruchy examines the past, present and future roles of Christianity in the development of democracy. He traces the relationship from its gestation in early Christendom to its virtual breakdown as democracy becomes the polity of modernity, and focuses on five twentieth-century case studies, including Nazi Germany and South Africa, which demonstrate the revival of the churches as a force in the struggle for democracy. His conclusions point the way to the development of a theology for a just world order.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521458412
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/01/1995
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Ideology and Religion Series , #7
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. The System and the Vision: 1. Democracy: an open-ended tradition; 2. The prophetic vision; Part II. Historical and Theological Connections: 3. The Christian matrix; 4. The polity of modernity; Part III. Churches and the Struggle for Democracy: 5. Civil rights and liberation in the Americas; 6. The post-colonial struggle for democracy in sub-Saharan Africa; 7. Midwives of democracy in East Germany and South Africa; Part IV. Critical Theological Reflection: 8. A theology for a just democratic world order.

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