The Blackwell Companion to Political Theology
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The Blackwell Companion to Political Theology

Edited by Peter Scott , Edited by William T. Cavanaugh

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Written by a team of international experts, drawn from various traditions of political theology, this outstanding resource brings together 35 newly-commissioned essays in the field. * Demonstrates that Christian theology is inherently political and shows how theology impacts on present-day political issues. * Considers the interface of theology with political ideologies, including the contribution of theology to feminist, ecological, black and pacifist movements. * Assesses the contribution of the major political theologians and theological movements. * Explores the political aspects of Christian sources such as scripture and liturgy.

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  • Paperback | 576 pages
  • 170 x 242 x 44mm | 1,038.73g
  • 16 Oct 2006
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Blackwell Publishing Ltd
  • Oxford
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1405157445
  • 9781405157445
  • 265,197

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Peter M. Scott is Senior Lecturer in Christian Social Thought and Director of the Lincoln Theological Institute at the University of Manchester, UK. He is the author of Theology, Ideology and Liberation (1994) and A Political Theology of Nature (2003). He is a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton and the Manchester Centre for Public Theology, and is a director of the Manchester Research Institute for Religion and Civil Society. William T. Cavanaugh is Associate Professor of Theology at the University of St Thomas in St Paul, Minnesota, USA. He is the author of Torture and Eucharist (Blackwell, 1998) and Theopolitical Imagination (2003).

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"Just when I was beginning to think that there are too many companion volumes in the world, I have read one that is pure delight. Political theology is a hot topic, and this book is required reading for it ... It is a book of books." Stephen H. Webb, Wabash College, Indiana "An excellent resource for both teaching and research, this anthology is recommended for every theology library." Daniel J. Kuntz, Brescia University, Owensboro "This is a very important, pioneering book, full of scintillating arguments and fresh insights. It is likely to redefine political theology for a new generation, and arouse a great deal of useful and vigorous debate. It will be an indispensible stimulus and resource for students and scholars concerned with the bearing of Christian theology on the political and public sphere." Duncan Forrester, University of Edinburgh "The strength of the collection lies in part two, a state-of-the-art summary of political theologies. The usefulness of companion, suitable for seminary libraries, is enhanced by an index of names and subjects and an index of biblical references." Timothy D. Lincoln Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

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Written by a team of international experts, this "Companion" provides the first comprehensive survey and interpretation of contemporary Christian political theology. The "Companion" comprises 35 freshly commissioned essays that embody the best current thinking in the field. These essays: explore the political aspects of Christian sources such as scripture and liturgy consider the interface of theology with political ideologies, including the contribution of theology to feminist, ecological, black, and pacifist movements assess the contribution of major political theologians and theological movements indicate how central Christian doctrines such as the Trinity and atonement have politics embedded within them show how theology impacts upon present-day political issues. The contributors are drawn from various traditions of political theology, but all of them demonstrate that Christian theology is inherently political, and that politics is properly illuminated by Christian perspectives.

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