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Commonwealth and Covenant: Economics, Politics, and Theologies of Relationality

Commonwealth and Covenant: Economics, Politics, and Theologies of Relationality

by Marcia Pally


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In Commonwealth and Covenant Marcia Pally argues that in order to address current socioeconomic problems, we need not more economic formulas but rather a better understanding of how the world is set up -- an ontology of how we and the world work. Without this, good proposals that arise lack political will and go unimplemented.

Pally describes our basic setup as "separability-amid-situatedness" or "distinction-amid-relation." Though we are all unique individuals, we become our singular selves through our relations and responsibilities to the people and environments around us. Pally argues that our culture's overemphasis on "separability" -- individualism run amok -- results in greed, adversarial and deceitful political discourse and chicanery, resource grabbing, broken relationships, and anomie.

Maintaining that separability and situatedness can and must be considered together in public policy, Pally draws on intellectual history, philosophy, and -- especially -- historic Christian and Jewish theologies of relationality to construct a new framework for addressing present economic and political ills.

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ISBN-13: 9780802871046
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 03/02/2016
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Marcia Pally teaches multilingual multicultural studies at New York University and at Fordham University and is a guest professor in the theology department at Humboldt University in Berlin. She is also the author of The New Evangelicals: Expandingthe Vision for the Common Good.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Part I Separability-Amid-Situatedness: An Ontology

1 An Introduction to Separability, Situatedness, and the Two Together 3

2 Separability and Situatedness: Defining the Terms 28

3 Separability and Situatedness in Mutual Constitution - an Ontology 33

4 Those Claimed for Separability - and Their (Sometimes Ignored) Constitution with Situatedness: A Few Examples 61

5 Those Claimed for Situatedness - and Their (Sometimes Ignored) Constitution with Separability: A Few Examples 85

6 Concluding Thoughts on Separability and Situatedness 114

Part II Theologies of Relationality

1 Separability-amid-Situatedness or Distinction-amid-Relation in Theological Voice 123

2 The Separable Self in Theologies of Relationality: Covenant 155

3 The Separable Self in Theologies of Relationality: Imago Dei and Similitude 158

4 The Separable Self in Early Modern Theology: Freedom of Conscience 170

5 The Separable Self: The Reformed Tradition and Its Influence in America 175

6 Theologies of Relationality: A Few Notes from the Judaic Tradition 182

7 Distinction-amid-Relation in Trinity 215

8 Distinction-amid-Relation in the Christian Covenant: The Gift of Agape 233

9 The Christian Covenant: A Möbius Strip Expressed in Baptism, Learned from Incarnation 250

10 Covenant's Irrevocability 268

11 Grace 272

12 Crucifixion 280

13 Resurrection and Salvation 284

14 Eucharist 298

15 Communities of Covenant: The Gift of Gift Exchange 303

16 The Ethics of Relationality: Prophetic Voice, Incarnational Discipleship, Communities of Trust 306

Part III Conclusion 333

Bibliography 354

Index of Names and Subjects 412

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