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This groundbreaking collection considers empire from a global perspective, exploring the role of evangelicals in political, social, and economic engagement at a time when empire is alternately denounced and embraced. It brings noted thinkers from a range of evangelical perspectives together to engage the most explosive and discussed theorists of empire in the first decade of the twenty-first century--Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. Using their work as a springboard, the contributors grapple with the concept of ...
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Evangelicals and Empire: Christian Alternatives to the Political Status Quo

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Overview

This groundbreaking collection considers empire from a global perspective, exploring the role of evangelicals in political, social, and economic engagement at a time when empire is alternately denounced and embraced. It brings noted thinkers from a range of evangelical perspectives together to engage the most explosive and discussed theorists of empire in the first decade of the twenty-first century--Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri. Using their work as a springboard, the contributors grapple with the concept of empire and how evangelicalism should operate in the world of empire.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441201898
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • File size: 599 KB

Meet the Author

Bruce Ellis Benson (PhD, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) is professor of philosophy and chair of the department at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He is also the author of Graven Ideologies and Pious Nietzsche. Peter Goodwin Heltzel (PhD, Boston University) is assistant professor of systematic theology at New York Theological Seminary in New York, New York, and coeditor of Theology in Global Context.
Bruce Ellis Benson (PhD, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) is professor of philosophy at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. His areas of expertise include contemporary French thought and philosophy of art. He is the author of Graven Ideologies, The Improvisation of Musical Dialogue, and Pious Nietzsche, and the coeditor of several books, including Evangelicals and Empire.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Nicholas Wolterstorff Wolterstorff, Nicholas 7

Introduction Bruce Ellis Benson Benson, Bruce Ellis Peter Goodwin Heltzel Heltzel, Peter Goodwin 11

Sect. I Present

1 Dangerous Religion: George W. Bush's Theology of Empire Jim Wallis Wallis, Jim 25

2 The Contested Church: Multiple Others of Evangelical Multitude Helene Slessarev-Jamir Slessarev-Jamir, Helene Bruce Ellis Benson Benson, Bruce Ellis 33

3 Acting in Common: How the Flesh of Multitude Can Become Incarnate Words against Empire M. Gail Hamner Hamner, M. Gail 43

4 Betrayed by a Kiss: Evangelicals and U.S. Empire Charles W. Amjad-Ali Amjad-Ali, Charles W. Lester Edwin J. Ruiz Ruiz, Lester Edwin J. 54

5 Empire-Building or Democracy-at-Work? The Growing Influence of White U.S. Evangelical NGO Lobbying at the United Nations and in Washington, D.C. Jennifer Butler Butler, Jennifer Glenn Zuber Zuber, Glenn 67

6 The Gospel of Freedom, or Another Gospel? Theology, Empire, and American Foreign Policy James K. A. Smith Smith, James K. A. 79

7 Liberality vs. Liberalism John Milbank Milbank, John 93

Sect. II Past

8 Historians and the Past Tense: Evangelium and Imperium as Genealogies of the Concept of Sovereignty Patrick Provost-Smith Provost-Smith, Patrick 107

9 Empire's Future Religion: The Hidden Competition between Postmillennial American Expansionism and Premillennial Evangelical Christianity Sebastien Fath Fath, Sebastien 120

10 Political Complexities and Rivalries of Pneuma and Imperia Kurt Anders Richardson Richardson, Kurt Anders 130

11 Stepchildren of the Empire: The Formation of a Latino Evangelico Identity Juan F. Martinez Martinez, Juan F. 141

12 Empire, Race, andthe Evangelical Multitude: Jesse Jackson, Jim Wallis, and Evangelical Coalitions for Justice Eleanor Moody-Shepherd Moody-Shepherd, Eleanor Peter Goodwin Heltzel Heltzel, Peter Goodwin 152

13 Where Are the Pentecostals in an Age of Empire? Elaine Padilla Padilla, Elaine Dale T. Irvin Irvin, Dale T. 169

14 Intermezzo: A Discussion between Donald W. Dayton and Christian T. Collins Winn about Empire and Evangelicals 185

Sect. III Future

15 Empire and Transcendence: Hardt and Negri's Challenge to Theology and Ethics Mark Lewis Taylor Taylor, Mark Lewis 201

16 Empire and the Ethics of Opacity: The End of Theology and the Beginning(s,i of Theological Thinking Corey D. B. Walker Walker, Corey D. B. 218

17 What Empire, Which Multitude? Pentecostalism and Social Liberation in North America and Sub-Saharan Africa Amos Yong Yong, Amos Samuel Zalanga Zalanga, Samuel 237

18 In Praise of Profanity: A Theological Defense of the Secular Michael Horton Horton, Michael 252

19 The Future of Evangelical Theology in an Age of Empire: Postfoundational and Postcolonial Mabiala Kenzo Kenzo, Mabiala John R. Franke Franke, John R. 267

20 Evangelicalism and/as New Constantinianism: Globalization, Secularity, and the Heart of the Gospel Paul Lim Lim, Paul 278

21 Love in Times of Empire: Theopolitics Today Mario Costa Costa, Mario Catherine Keller Keller, Catherine Anna Mercedes Mercedes, Anna 291

Afterword Michael Hardt Hardt, Michael Antonio Negri Negri, Antonio 307

Index 319

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