Christ, Power and Mammon

Christ, Power and Mammon : Karl Barth and John Howard Yoder in Dialogue

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This book examines the role of the New Testament concept of the 'principalities and powers' in the thought of Karl Barth and John Howard Yoder, showing how this biblical concept of power is central to the fundamental theological convictions of each thinker.

Prather offers a scholarly account of the underexplored theological and ethical import of a major biblical theme and the book addresses questions and concerns from a wide range of academic and lay theological interest. He brings Barth and Yoder into dialogue here and examines the three crucial areas: the 'confessional' distinction of church and world; the demonization of political power; and the intrinsic relation between the political and economic powers.

While other theologians have rightly identified a 'christocentric' connection between the thought of Barth and Yoder, no attempt has been made to bring them together through the sustained analysis of a single doctrinal or ethical issue - this book does just that.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 16.51mm | 435g
  • T.& T.Clark Ltd
  • Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0567659798
  • 9780567659798
  • 922,694

Table of contents

Introduction: Toward a Christological Exousiology \ Chapter 1: Karl Barth's Theology of the Powers \ Chapter 2: John Howard Yoder's Exousiology \ Chapter 3: Barth and Yoder: Eschatology as the End of 'Worldly' Power(s) \ Chapter 4: The Pre-Eminence of Leviathan and Mammon \ Concluding Remarks \ Bibliography \ Index
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Scott Thomas Prather has written a helpful contribution to the study of the theology of the powers ('exousiology') in Karl Barth and John Howard Yoder, and its relation to political and economic power ... readers interested in Yoder's thought will not be disappointed with this offering. -- David Haddorff, St. John's University, New York * Studies in Christian Ethics 28.2 * I believe they will find [Christ, Power and Mammon] to be valuable resources. -- David C. Cramer * The Conrad Grebel Review * Prather's book is much more than a call to arms for Barthians. It is a thoroughly theological 'exousiology' ... Kraus has succeeded in laying out a new vision of Jesus as a nonviolent peace and justice activist wholly reliant on God's transformational power ... I hope those who disagree will read the book and entire into the discussion. -- Gloria Rhodes * The Mennonite Quarterly Review *
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About Dr. Scott Thomas Prather

Scott Prather holds a PhD in Theology from the University of Aberdeen, UK.
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