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The Mighty and the Almighty: An Essay in Political Theology
     

The Mighty and the Almighty: An Essay in Political Theology

by Nicholas Wolterstorff
 

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For a century or more political theology has been in decline. Recent years, however, have seen increasing interest not only in how church and state should be related, but in the relation between divine authority and political authority, and in what religion has to say about the limits of state authority and the grounds of political obedience. In this book, Nicholas

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For a century or more political theology has been in decline. Recent years, however, have seen increasing interest not only in how church and state should be related, but in the relation between divine authority and political authority, and in what religion has to say about the limits of state authority and the grounds of political obedience. In this book, Nicholas Wolterstorff addresses this whole complex of issues. He takes account of traditional answers to these questions, but on every point stakes out new positions. Wolterstorff offers a fresh theological defense of liberal democracy, argues that the traditional doctrine of 'two rules' should be rejected and offers a fresh exegesis of Romans 13, the canonical biblical passage for the tradition of Christian political theology. This book provides useful discussion for scholars and students of political theology, law and religion, philosophy of religion and social ethics.

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"This is an important book that advanced students of theology and political theory will find provocative and insightful."
Choice

"The Mighty and the Almighty is probably the most important English-language contribution to a constructive theology of political authority since Oliver O'Donovan's The Desire of the Nations."
Studies in Christian Ethics

"Nicholas Wolterstorff guides the reader through the world of political theology, in a way that is refreshingly clear and well reasoned. The book ... retain[s] the conversational tone and accessibility required in a lecture and desirable in any written introduction to a complex field. ... It is refreshingly Christian in its approach ... a lively analysis of the freedom the Church ought to enjoy in the liberal democratic state."
Stephen Farrell, Search: A Church of Ireland Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781139540490
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/12/2012
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
308 KB

Meet the Author

Nicholas Wolterstorff is Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology at Yale University and Senior Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia. He is the author of several publications, including Divine Discourse (Cambridge University Press, 1995), John Locke and the Ethics of Belief (Cambridge University Press, 1996), Practices of Belief, Volumes 1 and 2 (edited with Terence Cuneo, Cambridge University Press, 2010) and Justice: Rights and Wrongs (2010).

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