Desire of the Nations Rediscovering the Roots of Political Theology

ISBN-10: 0521665167
ISBN-13: 9780521665162
Edition: 1999
Authors: Oliver O'Donovan
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Book details

Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/29/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946

Political theology as we know it today reacts against the attempt to insulate theology from political theory which has generally characterised the modern era. But its own intellectual parentage in the idealist historicism of the nineteenth century has left it still entrammelled in the suspicions and inhibitions from which it has wanted to break free. Oliver ODonovan contends that to pass beyond suspicion and totalised criticism of politics and to achieve a positive reconstruction of political thought, theology must reach back behind the modern tradition, achieving a fuller, less selective reading of the Scriptures and learning from an older politico-theological discourse which flourished in the patristic, medieval and Reformation periods. Central to that discourse was a series of questions about authority, generated by Jesus proclamation of the Kingdom of God. This book, now published in paperback, makes an important contribution to contemporary political theology and Christian ethics.

O'Donovan is Regius professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, University of Oxford.

Preface to the paperback edition
Acknowledgments
Prologue
Beyond suspicion
Ethics, politics and the practice of suspicion
Political concepts
Israel and the reading of the Scriptures
The revelation of God's kingship
'Yhwh reigns'
The mediators
'King over the whole earth'
The individual
Dual authority and the fulfilling of the time
Dual authority
The fulfilling of the time
The triumph of the Kingdom
The representative
The moments of the representative act
The subjection of the nations
The church
The authorisation of the church
Moments of recapitulation
The obedience of rulers
Christendom: the doctrine of the Two
Mission or coercion?
The legacy of Christendom
The redemption of society
The end of Christendom
Liberal society
Modernity and menace
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index of scriptural references
Index of subjects
Index of names and authors

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