Political Theology: Contemporary Challenges and Future Directions

Political Theology: Contemporary Challenges and Future Directions


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In this collection, six leading theologians on political theology explore the contemporary states and potential future of the discipline. Offering a highly nuanced and complex picture of "older" and "newer" Political Theology, these scholars examine the multifaceted interconnections and tensions between political theologies, liberation theologies, feminist theologies, and theologies that see themselves as "postcolonial" or "decolonizing."

Among other topics, the authors address the ecumenical and global nature of political theology; the lack of critical feminist analysis in most political, liberation, and postcolonial theologies; the statements regarding political theology in the encyclicals of Benedict XVI; and the specific tasks that political theology must address to remain effective and relevant.

Contributors include Jurgen Moltmann, Johann Baptist Metz , Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza, Francis Schussler Fiorenza, Klaus Tanner, and Michael Welker.

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ISBN-13: 9780664239510
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication date: 11/18/2013
Pages: 104
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Francis Schussler Fiorenza is the Stillman Professor of Roman Catholic Theological Studies at Harvard Divinity School.

Klaus Tanner is Professor of Systematic Theology and Ethics in the Faculty of Theology at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg.

Michael Welker is Professor and Chair of Systematic Theology and Executive Director of the Forschungszentrum fur Internationale und Interdisziplinäre Theologie (Research Centre for International and Interdisciplinary Theology) at the University of Heidelberg, Germany.

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