It's A Simple Claim, Really-That For Christians, "Being A Christian" Should Be There Primary Allegiance and Identity. For those who proclaim Jesus as Lord, this identity should supersede all others, and this loyalty should trump all lesser ones. It may be a simple claim, but it is a controversial one for many people, Christians and non-Christians alike.
The Borders of Baptism uses the idea of solidarity among Christians as a lens through which to view politics, economics, and culture. It offers Christians a fresh perspective capable of moving beyond sterile and dead-end debates typical of debates on issues ranging from immigration and race to war, peace, and globalization.
The Borders of Baptism invites Christians of all traditions to reflect on the theological and political implications of first "being a Christian" in a world of rival loyalties. It invites readers to see what it might mean to be members of a community broader than the largest nation-state; more pluralistic than any culture in the world; more deeply rooted in the lives of the poor and marginalized than any revolutionary movement; and more capable of exemplifying the notion of e pluribus unum than any empire past, present, or future.
About the Author
Michael L. Budde is Professor of Political Science and Catholic Studies at DePaul University, where he is also Senior Research Scholar in the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology. He is the author of numerous books on ecclesiology and society, including Christianity Incorporated.
Table of Contents
Part I Introductory Concepts on Ecclesial Solidarity
1 Ad Extra: Ecclesial Solidarity and Other Allegiances 3
2 Ad Intra: Ecclesial Solidarity and World Christianity 24
Part II Examining the Hard Cases through an Ecclesial Lens
3 Global Identity: How Not to Proceed 45
4 National Identity: Family, Nation, and Discipleship 67
5 Border Crossings: Immigration through an Ecclesiological Lens 77
6 Mapping the Maps: A Christian Guide to Christian Guides to Politics 90
7 Race to Divide: The Limits and Hopes of Ecclesial Formation 107
8 Whose Communion? Globalization, Solidarity, and Communion 128
9 Which Rationality? Corporate Practices and the Church 139
10 Treason and Allegiance: Martyrs, Anti-Martyrs, and the Gospel 162
11 The Borders of Baptism: Formation and the Custodians of Death 180