Resistance and Theological Ethics

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Protestantism, at its best, grounds both its religious and its social critique in the faith of the prophets and the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as understood and lived by the church. Its teachings and desired practice stand in start contrast to complacent religion that seems to be at ease with imperial greed, domination, and violence. Resistance and Theological Ethics collects the edited and updated essays that emerged from the meeting of the Theological Educators for Presbyterian Social Witness in Geneva,...

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Overview

Protestantism, at its best, grounds both its religious and its social critique in the faith of the prophets and the life and teachings of Jesus Christ as understood and lived by the church. Its teachings and desired practice stand in start contrast to complacent religion that seems to be at ease with imperial greed, domination, and violence. Resistance and Theological Ethics collects the edited and updated essays that emerged from the meeting of the Theological Educators for Presbyterian Social Witness in Geneva, Switzerland and southern France in 1999. Inspired there by the sixteenth century forces of renewal unleashed through resistance to an imperial church and society, the writings of these educators and ethicists combine to sound a clarion call for the church to stand in resistance to social, economic and political forces that threaten—while embracing those that foster—social justice, peace and human welfare. Each author emphasizes a specific call to nonviolent resistance against powers grounded in particular forms of sin: religious pride, greed, violence and domination. Divided into three parts, the book details social forces to be resisted, presents historical and biblical examples of resistance, and concludes with theological analysis and advocacy for action in contemporary American society.

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Editorial Reviews

Roger L. Shinn
The nineteen writers of this book are diverse in their jobs, ethnic identifications, genders and and interests. Yet all share a Christian commitment to resistance to social evils, dogmatisms, and ideological conformites. Readers, like the authors, will applaud some of the arguments, challenge others, and find all provocative of further thought.
Samuel K. Roberts
For those who are seeking strategic and theoretical guidance about the feasibility of non-violent resistance to such seemingly overwhelming social forces of our time as globalized economic inequality, militarism, and state arrogance, this book will be a welcomed resource. Rich in biblical, historical and theological insights, the essays are bold, highly thoughtful—and eminently useful.
Reverend Peter A. Sulyok
With roots deeply embedded in the Presbyterian and Reformed Tradition, Resistance and Theological Ethics exposes societal and world trends toward pride, greed, violence, and domination. The authors—some of the best ethicists working in the Presbyterian Church (USA) today—assert hope can be found in social witness that resists the insidious, corrosive features of these four sins, both in church and society. Informed by critical ethics, to be Christian in the 21st Century requires particular strategies of resistance. This book will have a long shelf life in both the seminary and Sunday School classrooms throughout the church.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742541597
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2005
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 9.26 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald H. Stone is the John Witherspoon Professor of Christian Ethics (retired) at Pittburgh Theological Seminary. Robert L. Stivers is professor of religion at Pacific Lutheran University

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Table of Contents

Introduction : contemporary resistance ethics 1
Resistance and economic globalization 17
Globalization : reform or resist? 35
Environmental movements as forms of resistance 55
Resistance to structural adjustment problems 63
Nationalism and international migration 83
Resistance and biotechnology debates 97
Resistance to military neo-imperialism 117
The subversive kingship of Jesus in Luke 137
Reading Revelation today : witness as active resistance 155
Nature, resistance, and the kingdom of God 173
Citizenship, resistance, and St. Augustine 185
"Is God dead?" : the complexity of resistance 203
Korean women's resistance : "if I perish, I perish" 219
Resistance, affirmation, and the sovereignty of God 241
Fundamentalism and the big picture Bible 257
Is this new wine? : resistance among Black Presbyterians 263
Spirit and resistance : a theological perspective on Lillian Hellman 283
Theology of resistance in Bonhoeffer and Tillich 299
Resisting malpraxis in religion 313
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