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Theology of Public Life (Charles T Mathewes) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2007) 9780521832267
Theology of Public Life (Charles T Mathewes) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2007) 9780521832267
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Title: A Theology of Public Life

Author: Mathewes, Charles T

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2007

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521832267

Volumes: 1; Pages: 380

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What has Washington to do with Jerusalem? In the raging debates about the relationship between religion and politics, no one has explored the religious benefits and challenges of public engagement for Christian believers--until now. This ground-breaking book defends and details Christian believers' engagement in contemporary pluralistic public life not from the perspective of some neutral 'public', but from the particular perspective of Christian faith, arguing that such engagement enriches both public life and Christian citizens' faith themselves. As such it offers not a 'public theology', but a 'theology of public life', analyzing the promise and perils of Christian public engagement, discussing the nature of civic commitment and prophetic critique, and the relation of a loving faith to a liberal politics of justice. Theologically rich, philosophically rigorous, politically, historically and sociologically informed, this book advances contemporary discussion of 'religion and public life' in fundamental ways.ContentsIntroduction: life in the epilogue, during the worldPart I. A Theology of Engagement: Introduction1. Life before God2. Life in the world3. Life togetherPart II. The Liturgy of Citizenship: Introduction4. Faithful citizenship5. Hopeful citizenship6. Charitable citizenshipConclusion: The republic of grace; or, the public ramifications of heaven
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