Desire of the Nations: Rediscovering the Roots of Political Theology
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...
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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 O'Donovan 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.
This book by Oliver O'Donovan is a work of systematic Christian political thought, combining biblical interpretation, historical discussion of the Western political and theological tradition, theoretical construction and critical engagement with contemporary views. It argues for an alternative to political theology, one that is both more politically constructive than the dominant models of the past generation developed under the influence of Latin American theology and more receptive to the Western Christian tradition. This book makes an important contribution to contemporary political theology and Christian ethics.
Prof. Oliver O'Donovan PhD DPhil FBA is Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology at New College, University of Edinburgh. He was Regius Professor of Moral & Pastoral Theology and Canon of Christ Church at the University of Oxford from 1982 until 2006, before which he taught at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford (1972-7) and at Wycliffe College, Toronto (1977-82).
He is a past President of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics. Ordained as a priest of the Church of England, and has served on the General Synod. He has been a Fellow of the British Academy since 2000.
He is the author of The Problem of Self-Love in Saint Augustine (Yale 1979); Begotten or Made? (Oxford University Press, 1984); Resurrection and Moral Order (Eerdmans, 1986); On the Thirty-Nine Articles (Paternoster, 1986); Peace and Certainty (Eerdmans, 1989); The Desire of the Nations (Cambridge University Press, 1996): Common Objects of Love (Eerdmans, 2002); The Ways of Judgment (2005) and The Word in Small Boats: Sermons from Oxford (Eerdmans, 2010)
- Acknowledgements <br>
- 1. Beyond Suspicion<br>
- 2. The Revelation Of God's Kingship<br>
- 3. Dual Authority And The Fulfilling Of The Time<br>
- 4. The Triumph Of The Kingdom<br>
- 5. The Church<br>
- 6. The Obedience Of Rulers<br>
- 7. The Redemption Of Society<br>
- Index Of Scriptural References<br>
- Index Of Subjects<br>
- Index Of Names And Authors.<br>