Desire of the Nations Rediscovering the Roots of Political Theology
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Description: 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.
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Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/29/1999
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
O'Donovan is Regius professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, University of Oxford.
|Preface to the paperback edition|
|Ethics, politics and the practice of suspicion|
|Israel and the reading of the Scriptures|
|The revelation of God's kingship|
|'King over the whole earth'|
|Dual authority and the fulfilling of the time|
|The fulfilling of the time|
|The triumph of the Kingdom|
|The moments of the representative act|
|The subjection of the nations|
|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|
|Modernity and menace|
|Index of scriptural references|
|Index of subjects|
|Index of names and authors|