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For more than a millennium, beginning in the early Middle Ages, most Western Christians lived in societies that sought to be comprehensively Christian--ecclesiastically, economically, legally, and politically. That is to say, most Western Christians lived in Christendom. But in a gradual process beginning a few hundred years ago, Christendom weakened and finally crumbled. Today, most Christians in the world live in pluralistic political communities. And Christians themselves have very different opinions about what to make of the demise of Christendom and how to understand their status and responsibilities in a post-Christendom world. Politics After Christendom argues that Scripture leaves Christians well-equipped for living in a world such as this. Scripture gives no indication that Christians should strive to establish some version of Christendom. Instead, it prepares them to live in societies that are indifferent or hostile to Christianity, societies in which believers must live faithful lives as sojourners and exiles. Politics After Christendom explains what Scripture teaches about political community and about Christians' responsibilities within their own communities. As it pursues this task, Politics After Christendom makes use of several important theological ideas that Christian thinkers have developed over the centuries. These ideas include Augustine's Two-Cities concept, the Reformation Two-Kingdoms category, natural law, and a theology of the biblical covenants. Politics After Christendom brings these ideas together in a distinctive way to present a model for Christian political engagement. In doing so, it interacts with many important thinkers, including older theologians (e.g., Augustine, Aquinas, and Calvin), recent secular political theorists (e.g., Rawls, Hayek, and Dworkin), contemporary political-theologians (e.g., Hauerwas, O'Donovan, and Wolterstorff), and contemporary Christian cultural commentators (e.g., MacIntyre, Hunter, and Dreher). Part 1 presents a political theology through a careful study of the biblical story, giving special attention to the covenants God has established with his creation and how these covenants inform a proper view of political community. Part 1 argues that civil governments are legitimate but penultimate, and common but not neutral. It concludes that Christians should understand themselves as sojourners and exiles in their political communities. They ought to pursue justice, peace, and excellence in these communities, but remember that these communities are temporary and thus not confuse them with the everlasting kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ. Christians' ultimate citizenship is in this new-creation kingdom. Part 2 reflects on how the political theology developed in Part 1 provides Christians with a framework for thinking about perennial issues of political and legal theory. Part 2 does not set out a detailed public policy or promote a particular political ideology. Rather, it suggests how Christians might think about important social issues in a wise and theologically sound way, so that they might be better equipped to respond well to the specific controversies they face today. These issues include race, religious liberty, family, economics, justice, rights, authority, and civil resistance. After considering these matters, Part 2 concludes by reflecting on the classical liberal and conservative traditions, as well as recent challenges to them by nationalist and progressivist movements.

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Genre: Religion
Author: David VanDrunen
Publisher: Zondervan Academic
Release: 2020-04-21
File: 400 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780310108856

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This groundbreaking book examines the anarchic aspects of Jesus' message, and suggests that the demise of the church as pillar of social order gives it a fresh opportunity to exercise its prophetic role - challenging injustice, shaking institutions and undermining some of the central values and norms on which post-Christian society is built.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Jonathan Bartley
Publisher: Authentic Media Inc
Release: 2013-08-01
File: 176 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781780784021

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Liberal/conservative and modern/postmodern concepts define contemporary theological debate. Yet what if these categories are grounded in a set of assumptions about what it means to be the church in the world, presuming we must live as though God's existence does not matter? What if our theological discussion distracts us from the fact that the church is no longer able to shape the desires and habits of Christians? Hauerwas wrestles with these and similar questions constructing a theological politics necessary for the church to be the church in the world. In so doing, he challenges liberal notions of justice and freedom.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Stanley Hauerwas
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Release: 2011-07-01
File: Pages
ISBN-13: 9781426722011

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This is a print on demand edition of a hard to find publication. Contents: (1) Recent Developments: Parliamentary Elections 2009; Lebanon and Israel; Cluster-Bomb Coordinates; Arrests of Alleged Israeli Intelligence Agents; Hariri Tribunal; (2) U.S. Policy Toward Lebanon; (3) Political Profile: Demography; Civil War, Occupation, and Taif Reform; Syrian and Israeli Incursions; Taif Agreement; Syrian Withdrawal and Parliamentary Elections of 2005; U.N. Resolutions and the Tribunal; Sectarianism and Stability; Political Stalemate; Renewed Sectarian Violence; Doha Agreement; Unity Gov¿t.; (4) Current Issues in U.S.-Lebanon Relations: Confronting Hezbollah; Hezbollah¿s Al Manar TV; Lebanon-Syria Relations; The Shib¿a Farms; Extremist Groups in Lebanon; The Lebanese Armed Forces; (5) U.S. Assistance.

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Author: Casey L. Addis
Publisher: DIANE Publishing
Release: 2011-01
File: 26 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781437922851

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Genre: Political Science
Author: Howard Towt
Publisher: Howard Towt
Release: 2006-09-01
File: 54 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780980174007

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In the mid-19th century, the Orthodox Christians of the Balkans and the Middle East found themselves at the centre of a heated struggle for ascendency over the region between five empires – Russia, Britain, France, Austria, and Ottoman Turkey. This book traces the history of the international crisis over Orthodox Christendom from its origins in the 1820s-1830s to its partial resolution in the 1860s. It explains how and why the temporal powers exercised by the Orthodox clergy in the East became the focus of an escalating series of diplomatic confrontations that reached their boiling point in the 1850s with the outbreak of the Crimean War. It also shows how the resulting conflict, Europe's last great religious war, paved the way for the promulgation of reforms that British, French, and Austrian statesmen hoped would promote divisions within Orthodox Christendom and bring about the secularization of the non-Muslim communities of the Ottoman Empire.

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Genre: History
Author: Jack Fairey
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Release: 2015-09-15
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 1137508450

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Are we seeing the revitalization of Christian civilization? Everywhere we look, it appears that the secular left celebrates another victory lap. From politics to the media, from education to the arts, liberals seem to be completely in control. It's no wonder, then, that so many prominent conservative traditionalists are hopelessly pessimistic about the future of Western Civilization. But what if this is just one side of the equation? What if it turns out that brewing beneath the surface, a renewed Christian age is rising? In this thought-provoking book, Dr. Steve Turley argues that there is in fact two revolutions concurrently taking place: a demographic revolution and a political revolution, both of which suggest a significant conservative Christian resurgence. HERE'S A PREVIEW OF WHAT YOU'LL LEARN ………. Why scholars believe that the fertility discrepancy between conservative Christians and secularists means a far more conservative future How Europe is already reversing its demographic decline with a nationalist baby boom How conservative Christianity is on the rise in the US Why scholars believe there is a resurgence of Christianity in Europe How these demographic and religious trends are already reshaping much of European society And much, much more! Drawing from scholarly studies and current events, Dr. Turley's study will inspire you to reject the naysayers predicting the twilight of the West, and instead embrace a hopeful vision of cultural renewal and the coming Christian majority. Get your copy today!

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Genre: Religion
Author: Dr. Steve Turley
Publisher: Turley Talks
Release: 2019-03-10
File: 80 Pages
ISBN-13: 1796658707

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Conservative Americans are now having a difficult time defining what their ideology is. The Republican Party is in the midst of an inner struggle to understand itself and communicate their message to the American electorate. Republicans ask themselves questions about how to get elected, what policies and programs to adopt in order to appeal to segments of the electorate lost to them. They seem willing to advocate any movement or plans that might bolster "electability." American conservatives are engaged in both a psychological as well as a practical struggle to redefine themselves. In response to these crises, conservatism has increasingly become movement oriented and less authentically conservative. Republicans now are either more progressive or more reactionary than they are conservative, as they attempt to redefine their political ideology and maintain relevancy and legitimacy amongst the general public.

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Author: Sara Jarman
Publisher:
Release: 2017-01-27
File: 176 Pages
ISBN-13: 1540362337

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What are a Christian's civic responsibilities, and why? David Innes provides a principled political theology for understanding our civic "life together" in God's world. God calls our human officeholders and their civic business to a high moral purpose. His involvement in earthly rule reveals the nobility of political life-‚"a practice it rarely conforms to but to which we should aspire.

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Genre: Religion
Author: David C. Innes
Publisher: P & R Publishing
Release: 2019
File: 264 Pages
ISBN-13: 1629955949

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The issue of state failure is both overly sensationalized and under-appreciated in popular discourse. In the West, failed states are too readily associated with terrorist activities. Likewise, publications such as the Failed States Index greatly exaggerate the number of countries with extreme political dysfunction. Too often, huge swathes of the developing world ? notably Africa ? are perceived as failed. Even so, collapse of effective governance in a minority of states is a pressing problem in Africa, parts of Asia, and elsewhere. In another kind of misperception, policy makers and citizens alike often wrongly assume that fixes for state failure are necessarily expensive. This short book seeks to re-energize policy discussions and improve public understanding of the world?s most troubled places. When governments do not or cannot provide basic public goods and services such as physical security, courts, and infrastructure, the effects extend well beyond threats of piracy or terrorism emanating from states like Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. Failed states, or even critically weak states, can export various types of misery and threats to their neighbors and beyond. Dismal economic performance, refugees and displaced persons, illicit smuggling, and health challenges are some of the key negative impacts. Drawing on a longer historical view of statehood, this work provides a synthesis of recent calls to revamp the global community?s approach to fragile states. The book recognizes the fact that some countries gaining formal independence in the last century have never had much state building success. And it questions the wisdom of only utilizing status quo methods for (re-) constructing functioning states. The book argues for the re-evaluation of statehood, the United Nations sovereignty framework, and the overwhelming bias toward preserving existing territories. Readers will be delighted to see that novel responses to state decay could be less costly than the status quo.

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Genre: History
Author: Brennan Kraxberger
Publisher: Createspace Independent Pub
Release: 2012-09-30
File: 120 Pages
ISBN-13: 1480124214

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