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Publication Date: 2011
Congratulations to Luke Bretherton on winning the 2013Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing for Christianityand Contemporary Politics!
Relations between religious and political spheres continue tostir passionate debates on both sides of the Atlantic. Through acombination of theological reflection and empirical case studies,Bretherton succeeds in offering timely and invaluable insights intothese crucial issues facing 21st centurysocieties.
- Explores the relationship between Christianity and contemporarypolitics through case studies of faith-based organizations,Christian political activism and welfare provision in the West;these case studies assess initiatives including communityorganizing, fair trade, and the sanctuary movement
Offers an insightful, informative account of how Christians canengage politically in a multi-faith, liberal democracy
- Integrates debates in political theology withinter-disciplinary analysis of policy and practice regardingreligious social, political and economic engagement in the USA, UK,and continental Europe
- Reveals how Christians can help prevent the subversion of thechurch – and even of politics itself – by legal,bureaucratic, and market mechanisms, rather than advocatingwithdrawal or assimilation
- Engages with the intricacies of contemporary politics whilstintegrating systematic and historical theological reflection onpolitical and economic life
Winner of the 2013 Michael Ramsey Prize for TheologicalWriting!
“A deeply hospitable book, which is rooted in evangelicalorthodoxy, but is clearly open to public dialogues and unafraid tospeak within them in its own accent … [Bretherton’s]account of listening as a Christian political practice isoutstanding and inspiring. This is a very fine book, which deservesthe attention and engagement of the practical theologicalcommunity.” (International Journal ofPractical Theology, 19 July 2012)
“My hope is that the ideas contained here will not remainin the academy but will provide momentum for a challengingChristian encounter with the issues and injustices of our politicaland social context.” (Modern Believing, 1 April2012)
"[Bretherton] establishes himself in this book as a leadingfigure in political theology by giving a profound synthetic accountof political theory and theology." (Church Times, 2010)
"I'll be giving Christianity and Contemporary Politics tomy graduate students and others seeking to become authors andacademics. It is a model of the kind of book a scholar should belooking to write." (Christian Century, June 2011)
"This is a wonderful book, perhaps the best book on contemporaryChristianity and politics in liberal nation-states I have read. Itis both based in concrete practices and theoretically aware. Mostof all, its author exhibits the virtues necessary to undertake sucha task: he is generous, faithful, and engaged with real communitiesof Christians and others. I will be using this book with students,and recommending it to colleagues." (Studies in ChristianEthics, June 2011)
"I strongly recommend this book as one of the most fascinatingaccounts of the relationship between politics and religion incontemporary society. The author has mastered very skillfullyseveral bodies of literature from different disciplines andpresented a new synthesis of them. He points a way forward thattakes into account traditional ways of understanding religiousfaith and practice but practiced in the very new and emergentconditions of the twenty-first century." (Politics, Religion& Ideology, December 2011)
"This book is important, though not always an easy read.However, the effort will reward those who persevere with newinsights about the mission of the church and the witness of theindividual Christian. It should prove particularly refreshing tothose who train ministers and church-related community workers, aswell as to all who struggle with political and community issueswithin the church in its Big Society." (Reform, 1 May2011)
"Over the past decade political theology has become one of themost energetic (and polemical) conversations in the field oftheology. Bretherton makes a signal contribution to these debatesas a voice characterized by critical charity. While the field hastended to line up in camps (e.g., Niebuhrians vs. Hauenvasians),Bretherton is eager to affirm what's right in both withoutshrinking from criticizing either. The great virtue of this book isthat it moves the conversation from the abstract environs ofnational politics and 'church-state' questions to the nitty-grittyenvirons of the municipal pursuit of the common good (or rather, asBretherton emphasizes, goods in common). Changing the scope andscale of the question, the book provides a fresh analysis through aseries of case studies that are attentive to place - considering,for example, the community organizing of Saul Alinsky (the space ofObama's apprenticeship) as a case of the church concretelyimpacting the shared space of common goods. Neither beset byworries about Constantinianism, nor motivated by pretensions toChristendom, this book deserves wide attention." (CHOICE,December 2010)
"I cannot commend it highly enough." (Regent's Reviews, 1October 2010)
"Bretherton is one of the most helpful voices engaging culturein a way that results in robust witness and faithful Gospelproclamation. And so this book is enthusiastically recommended toall concerned with relevant Christian witness in ever changingWestern political situations." (European Journal ofTheology, 2010)
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