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It is not simply for rhetorical flourish that politicians so regularly invoke God's blessings on the country. It is because the relatively new form of power we call the nation-state arose out of a Western political imagination steeped in Christianity. In this brief guide to the history of Christianity and politics, Pecknold shows how early Christianity reshaped the Western political imagination with its new theological claims about eschatological time, participation, and communion with God and neighbor. The ancient view of the Church as the "mystical body of Christ" is singled out in particular as the author traces shifts in its use and meaning throughout the early, medieval, and modern periods-shifts in how we understand the nature of the person, community and the moral conscience that would give birth to a new relationship between Christianity and politics. While we have many accounts of this narrative from either political or ecclesiastical history, we have few that avoid the artificial separation of the two. This book fills that gap and presents a readable, concise, and thought-provoking introduction to what is at stake in the contentious relationship between Christianity and politics.

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Genre : Religion
Author : C. C. Pecknold
Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release : 2010-08-06
File : 196 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781556352423

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Congratulations to Luke Bretherton on winning the 2013 Michael Ramsey Prize for Theological Writing for Christianity and Contemporary Politics! Relations between religious and political spheres continue to stir passionate debates on both sides of the Atlantic. Through a combination of theological reflection and empirical case studies, Bretherton succeeds in offering timely and invaluable insights into these crucial issues facing 21st century societies. Explores the relationship between Christianity and contemporary politics through case studies of faith-based organizations, Christian political activism and welfare provision in the West; these case studies assess initiatives including community organizing, fair trade, and the sanctuary movement Offers an insightful, informative account of how Christians can engage politically in a multi-faith, liberal democracy Integrates debates in political theology with inter-disciplinary analysis of policy and practice regarding religious social, political and economic engagement in the USA, UK, and continental Europe Reveals how Christians can help prevent the subversion of the church – and even of politics itself – by legal, bureaucratic, and market mechanisms, rather than advocating withdrawal or assimilation Engages with the intricacies of contemporary politics whilst integrating systematic and historical theological reflection on political and economic life

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Genre : Religion
Author : Luke Bretherton
Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
Release : 2011-09-13
File : 272 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781444357691

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This book provides an up-to-date, comprehensive overview of Eastern Christian churches in Europe, the Middle East, America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Written by leading international scholars in the field, it examines both Orthodox and Oriental churches from the end of the Cold War up to the present day. The book offers a unique insight into the myriad church-state relations in Eastern Christianity and tackles contemporary concerns, opportunities and challenges, such as religious revival after the fall of communism; churches and democracy; relations between Orthodox, Catholic and Greek Catholic churches; religious education and monastic life; the size and structure of congregations; and the impact of migration, secularisation and globalisation on Eastern Christianity in the twenty-first century.

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Genre : Social Science
Author : Lucian N. Leustean
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2014-05-30
File : 832 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781317818663

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A Publishers Weekly Best Religion Book of the Year A Choice Outstanding Academic Title For many Americans, being Christian is central to their political outlook. Political Christianity is most often associated with the Religious Right, but the Christian faith has actually been a source of deep disagreement about what American society and government should look like. While some identify Christianity with Western civilization and unfettered individualism, others have maintained that Christian principles call for racial equality, international cooperation, and social justice. At once incisive and timely, Christian delves into the intersection of faith and political identity and offers an essential reconsideration of what it means to be Christian in America today. “Bowman is fast establishing a reputation as a significant commentator on the culture and politics of the United States.” —Church Times “Bowman looks to tease out how religious groups in American history have defined, used, and even wielded the word Christian as a means of understanding themselves and pressing for their own idiosyncratic visions of genuine faith and healthy democracy.” —Christian Century “A fascinating examination of the twists and turns in American Christianity, showing that the current state of political/religious alignment was not necessarily inevitable, nor even probable.” —Deseret News

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Genre : Religion
Author : Matthew Bowman
Publisher : Harvard University Press
Release : 2018-04-01
File : 320 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780674985735

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Paul was the most influential figure in the early Christian church. In this epistle, written to the founders of the church in Rome, he sets out some of his ideas on the importance of faith in overcoming mankind's innate sinfulness and in obtaining redemption. With an introduction by Ruth Rendell

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Genre : Bibles
Author : Ruth Rendell
Publisher : Canongate Books
Release : 1999-01-01
File : 48 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780857861085

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Each chapter in Christianity and Political Philosophy addresses a philosophical problem generated by history. Frederick D. Wilhelmsen discusses the limits of natural law; Cicero and the politics of the public orthodoxy; the problem of political power and the forces of darkness; Sir John Fortescue and the English tradition; Donoso Cortes and the meaning of political power; the natural law tradition and the American political experience; Eric Voegelin and the Christian tradition; and Jaffa, the School of Strauss, and the Christian tradition. Wilhelmsen is convinced that mainstream philosophy's suppression of the Christian experience, or its reduction of Christianity to myths, deprives both Christianity and philosophy. He argues that Christianity opened up an entirely new range of philosophical questions and speculation that today are part and parcel of the intellectual tradition of the West. Wilhelmsen remains relevant because political philosophy in America today is following the historic cycle of political philosophy's importance: as things get worse for the nation because it is internally riven by ideological and spiritual conflicts, there is a greater need for the political philosopher to raise and explore profound questions and reassert forgotten truths about man and society, the soul and God, and good and evil, as well as the ground of political order. This is the latest book in Transaction's esteemed Library of Conservative Thought series.

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Genre : Religion
Author : Frederick D. Wilhelmsen
Publisher : Routledge
Release : 2017-07-12
File : 268 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781351528511

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Melody believes if every Christian will shine their light (Christ in them) brightly, no matter the cost, we will live the most fulfilled life ever imagined. She started a Christian nonprofit in 2010 called Hesed Consulting, where she assists other nonprofits in the area of financial and human resources development. Melody has a heart for people and seeing the body of Christ unified. Hence, Christianity and Politics is an overflow of this passion. To allow something as worldly as politics to divide us plays into the strategic hands of the enemy. This book is written to Christians who find unrest in the weight of politics and its ability to divide the Church and harm relationships. Melody prays that your spirit is quieted after reading her book and you are freed to politic from biblical conviction and insight, versus loyalty to this world's systems. Melody Gardner spent most of her working career with Campus Crusade for Christ (Cru) on the college campuses of North Carolina and their headquarters in Orlando, Florida. She witnessed the answer to an eighteen-year-old prayer when she joined the staff of The Impact Movement in 1999. Melody received her Bachelor's of Science degree in nursing from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master of Arts degree in Christian Education from Dallas Theological Seminary.

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Genre : Education
Author : Memory Melody Gardner
Publisher : Xulon Press
Release : 2012-05
File : 146 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9781622303144

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This volume aims to reconstruct and debate a contemporary Christian realist framework, while also applying such a perspective to the issues of contemporary politics such as the Bush Doctrine, the laws of war, democracy and democratization, U.S. participation in international institutions, and apocalyptic terrorism.

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Genre : Political Science
Author : E. Patterson
Publisher : Springer
Release : 2008-03-03
File : 187 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780230610538

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The phrase “Christian politics” evokes two meanings: political relations between denominations in one direction, and the contributions of Christian churches to debates about the governing of society. The contributors to this volume address Christian politics in both senses and argue that Christianity is always and inevitably political in the Pacific Islands. Drawing on ethnographic and historical research in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Fiji, the authors argue that Christianity and politics have redefined each other in much of Oceania in ways that make the two categories inseparable at any level of analysis. The individual chapters vividly illuminate the ways in which Christian politics operate across a wide scale, from interpersonal relations to national and global interconnections.

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Genre : Religion
Author : Matt Tomlinson
Publisher : Berghahn Books
Release : 2013
File : 235 Pages
ISBN-13 : 9780857457462

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Is there a place for religion in politics? In this insightfully written book, Paul Marshall argues that Christians can and should approach politics in a way informed by faith. Drawing on traditions of both Catholic and Protestant political thought, Marshall analyzes the ways in which religion influences our understanding of power, justice, and democracy. In an age when the relationship between politics and religion is becoming ever more important--and ever more blurred--both in America and beyond, God and the Constitution is an indispensable guide for Christians interested in exploring how they can interject their religious convictions into their political actions.

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Genre : Political Science
Author : Paul A. Marshall
Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
Release : 2002
File : 192 Pages
ISBN-13 : 0742522482

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