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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 ...
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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: 9781461615590
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/13/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 344
  • File size: 2 MB

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

Chapter 1 Introduction: Contemporary Resistance Ethics
Part 2 I Resistance to Social Forces
Chapter 3 Resistance and Economic Globalization
Chapter 4 Globalization: Reform or Resist?
Chapter 5 Environmental Movements as Forms of Resistance
Chapter 6 Resistance to Structural Adjustment Problems
Chapter 7 Nationalism and International Migration
Chapter 8 Resistance and Biotechnology Debates
Chapter 9 Resistance to Military Neo-Imperialism
Part 10 II Biblical and Historical Roots of Resistance
Chapter 11 The Subversive Kingship of Jesus in Luke
Chapter 12 Reading Revelation Today: Witness as Active Resistance
Chapter 13 Nature, Resistance, and the Kingdom of God
Chapter 14 Citizenship, Resistance, and St. Augustine
Chapter 15 "Is God Dead?": The Complexity of Resistance
Chapter 16 Korean Women's Resistance: "If I Perish, I Perish"
Part 17 III Theological Ethics of Resistance
Chapter 18 Resistance, Affirmation, and the Sovereignty of God
Chapter 19 Fundamentalism and the Big Picture Bible
Chapter 20 Is This New Wine? Resistance Among Black Presbyterians
Chapter 21 Spirit and Resistance: A Theological Perspective on Lillian Hellman
Chapter 22 Theology of Resistance in Bonhoeffer and Tillich
Chapter 23 Resisting Malpraxis in Religion
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