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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 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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ISBN-13: 9780742541603
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 08/28/2004
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.88(w) x 8.88(h) x 0.76(d)

About 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

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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