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Theology, Ideology and Liberation

Theology, Ideology and Liberation

Paperback Cambridge Studies in Ideology and Religion

By (author) Peter Scott

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 212mm x 20mm | 399g
  • Publication date: 14 August 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521072298
  • ISBN 13: 9780521072298
  • Edition: 1
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,116,812

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How is theology liberating? In the context of a post-Gorbachev world, where many demand freedom which the Western powers seem ill-equipped to deliver, is it even possible to envisage a liberative theology? Taking as his starting point the Marxist complaint that Christianity is ideological, Peter Scott argues that it is not enough for Christian theology to talk about liberation: it must be liberative. Stressing with feminist and liberation theologies the embodied, contextual nature of theology, the constructive proposal made here locates God's liberating abundance toward society in an interpretation of resurrection as social. Only in this way, in the author's view, can a trinitarian Christian account of liberation be adequately grounded. The book will be of interest to all those who wish to know if theology may speak truthfully about the transformation of society: it offers the shape of a liberative theology pointing towards social freedom.

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"...complex, original, scholarly, and carefully argued..." Theology Today "[Scott] is a gifted thinker with a very clear grasp of Marxism and the challenges it presents..." Theological Studies

Table of contents

General editors' preface; Preface; Introduction; Part I: The Shape of the Argument; 1. Theology and the Marxist critique of ideology; 2. Hegemony, ideology and determination; Part II: Liberating Theology; 3. Against idolatry: two protocols; 4. God/world: distinction and connections; Part III: Christian liberation? 5. Theology and society; 6. Incarnation, resurrection and liberation; 7. Society and God's trinitarian presence; 8. Unfinished business; References; Index.