A Theology of Public Life

A Theology of Public Life

by Charles T. Mathewes
     
 

What has Washington to do with Jerusalem? In the raging debates about the relationship between religion and politics, no one has explored the religious benefits and challenges of public engagement for Christian believers, until now. This ground-breaking book defends and details Christian believers' engagement in contemporary pluralistic public life not from the… See more details below

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What has Washington to do with Jerusalem? In the raging debates about the relationship between religion and politics, no one has explored the religious benefits and challenges of public engagement for Christian believers, until now. This ground-breaking book defends and details Christian believers' engagement in contemporary pluralistic public life not from the perspective of some neutral "public," but from the particular perspectives of Christian faith, arguing that such engagement enriches both public life and Christian citizens' faith itself. As such it offers not a "public theology," but a "theology of public life," analyzing the promise and perils of Christian public engagement, discussing the nature of civic commitment and prophetic critique, and the relation of a loving faith to a liberal politics of justice. Theologically rich, philosophically rigorous, politically, historically, and sociologically informed, this book advances contemporary discussion of "religion and public life" in fundamental ways.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521539906
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/14/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine Series, #17
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,011,524
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     x
List of abbreviations for works by St. Augustine     xiv
Introduction: Life in the epilogue, during the world     1
A theology of engagement     29
Introduction to Part I     31
Life before God     43
Life in the world     74
Life together     105
The liturgy of citizenship     143
Introduction to Part II     145
Faithful citizenship     169
Hopeful citizenship     214
Charitable citizenship     261
Conclusion: The republic of grace; or, the public ramifications of heaven     308
List of references     322
Index     357

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