By Luke Bretherton
Congratulations to Luke Bretherton on successful the 2013 Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing for Christianity and modern Politics!
Relations among non secular and political spheres proceed to stir passionate debates on either side of the Atlantic. via a mix of theological mirrored image and empirical case experiences, Bretherton succeeds in delivering well timed and useful insights into those the most important concerns dealing with 21st century societies.
- Explores the connection among Christianity and modern politics via case reviews of faith-based organisations, Christian political activism and welfare provision within the West; those case reviews examine tasks together with neighborhood organizing, reasonable alternate, and the sanctuary movement
Offers an insightful, informative account of the way Christians can have interaction politically in a multi-faith, liberal democracy
- Integrates debates in political theology with inter-disciplinary research of coverage and perform relating to non secular social, political and fiscal engagement within the united states, united kingdom, and continental Europe
- Reveals how Christians can assist hinder the subversion of the church – or even of politics itself – by means of felony, bureaucratic, and industry mechanisms, instead of advocating withdrawal or assimilation
- Engages with the intricacies of latest politics when integrating systematic and ancient theological mirrored image on political and financial life
Chapter 1 Faith?Based businesses and the rising form of Church–State kinfolk (pages 31–70):
Chapter 2 neighborhood (pages 71–125):
Chapter three nationwide (pages 126–174):
Chapter four international (pages 175–209):
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Christianity and Contemporary Politics: The Conditions and Possibilities of Faithful Witness by Luke Bretherton