Empire and the Christian Tradition: New Readings of Classical Theologians / Edition 1

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The radically altered situation today in religion, politics, and global communication-what can broadly be characterized as postmodern and postcolonial-necessitates close rereading of Christianity's classical sources, especially its theologians. In this groundbreaking textbook anthology, twenty-nine distinguished scholars scrutinize the relationship between empire and Christianity from Paul to the liberation theologians of our time. The contributors discuss how the classical theologians in different historical periods dealt with their own contexts of empire and issues such as center and margin, divine power and social domination, war and violence, gender hierarchy, and displacement and diaspora. Each chapter provides insights and resources drawn from the classical theological tradition to address the current political situation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800662158
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 584
  • Sales rank: 1,260,878
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors     vii
Preface     xiii
Acknowledgments     xvii
Introductory Perspectives
Christian Theology and Empires   Joerg Rieger     1
Theology and Social Theory   Kwok Pui-lan     15
The Christian Tradition and Empires: A Reader's Guide   Don H. Compier     31
Theological Figures
Paul and Early Christianity   Tatha Wiley     47
Athanasius of Alexandria (c. 300 - 373)   Rebecca Lyman     63
Augustine of Hippo (354 - 430)   Anthony J. Chvala-Smith     79
Wynfrith-Boniface (675 - 754)   Marion Grau     95
Theodore the Studite (759 - 826)   Ian A. McFarland     111
Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)   Darby Kathleen Ray     123
Mechthild of Magdeburg (1208 - 1282?)   Wendy Farley     139
Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)   Mark D. Jordan     153
Julian of Norwich (1342- c.1416)   Shelly Rambo     167
Martin Luther (1483 - 1546)   Deanna A. Thompson     185
Bartolome de Las Casas (1484 - 1566)   Hjamil A. Martinez-Vazquez     201
Jean Calvin (1509- 1564)   Don H. Compier     215
Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz (1651 - 1695)   Michelle A. Gonzalez     229
Jonathan Edwards (1703 - 1758)   Don Schweitzer     243
John Wesley (1703 - 1791)   Theodore W. Jennings, Jr.     257
Friedrich Schleiermacher (1768 - 1834)   Joerg Rieger     271
G. W. F. Hegel (1770-1831)   David G. Kamitsuka     283
Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855)   Edward P. Antonio     295
Frederick Douglass (1818 - 1895)   Reginald F. Davis     309
William Temple (1881 - 1944)   Ellen K. Wondra     323
Karl Barth (1886 - 1968)   Cynthia L. Rigby     337
Hendrik Kraemer (1888 - 1965)   Jan H. Pranger     353
Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)   Larry L. Rasmussen     371
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906 - 1945)   David N. Field     389
Simone Weil (1909-1943)   Inese Radzins     405
M. M. Thomas (1916-1996)   Sathianathan Clarke     423
Juan Luis Segundo (1925 - 1996)   Roger Haight, S.J.     439
John S. Mbiti (1931 -)   James W. Perkinson     455
Mercy Amba Oduyoye (1934 -)   Kwok Pui-lan     471
Notes      487
Index     549
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