Radical Friendship: The Politics of Communal Discernment

Radical Friendship: The Politics of Communal Discernment

by Ryan Ryan


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In a society that is increasingly marked by apathy, division, and moral incompetence, how might Christians set about working with others in such a way as to begin to address those challenges that seem to overwhelm our capacity to respond? In Radical Friendship, Ryan Newson argues that the often-neglected practice of communal discernment provides a path to faithful political engagement that is worthy of reconsideration, especially given its ability to create authentic friendships both within and beyond the church. Such friendships, Newson maintains, are capable of fostering a type of competence in people who engage the practice that can counteract those social, political forces that are antithetical to competences formation.

Uniquely, Newson explores the contours of communal discernment as a practice that is especially relevant to Christians seeking radical democratic alternatives to political liberalism. Communal discernment is shown to be capable of generating conscientious participation in grassroots politics; additionally, this practice enables Christians to enjoy reciprocal, discerning relationships with people of differing convictional communities. Indeed, communal discernment turns out to be capable of preparing Christians to recognize and celebrate analogues to the practice in the world at large.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506420318
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2017
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction xi

1 Incompetence, Liberalism, and Democracy 1

2 Outline of the Promise of a Practice 41

3 Power, Discernment, and the Politics of Binding and Loosing 81

4 Practical Matters 119

5 Radical Friendship 161

Bibliography 199

Index 211

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