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Description - A Theology of Public Life by Charles T. Mathewes

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 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', analysing 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521539906
ISBN-10: 0521539900
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 22mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Jun-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Charles T. Mathewes

Charles T. Mathewes is Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia. His other publications include Evil and the Augustinian Tradition (2001).

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