Politics in Friendship: A Theological Account
:Guido de Graaff explores the political dimension and significance of friendship, arguing that its specific contribution lies not only in its theological approach, but also in its particular focus distinguishing the 'political' from the 'social' and/or 'civic'. The book's explorations...
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:Guido de Graaff explores the political dimension and significance of friendship, arguing that its specific contribution lies not only in its theological approach, but also in its particular focus distinguishing the 'political' from the 'social' and/or 'civic'. The book's explorations are framed around a particular story of friendship: the story of Bishop George Bell and German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Drawing on Hannah Arendt and Oliver O'Donovan, de Graaff argues that Bell and Bonhoeffer's story can be read as one of friends assuming the responsibility of political judgment in an emergency situation - their story casts doubts on secular politics as the primary context for interpreting the friends' judgments. Thus the book provides a more comprehensive account of the story, also interpreting it against the background of the life of the church (with special attention to John 15 and Romans 12). De Graaff concludes by showing how a theological account is vital for discerning the distinct politics of the church, including opportunities for Christian engagement in secular politics.
Dr Guido de Graaff is Tutor for Christian Doctrine and Ethics, and Director of Studies, at the Southeast Institute for Theological Education (SEITE), London. He is Secretary of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics (UK).
- :acknowledgementsintroductionchapter 1. Friendship And Politics: Initial Explorationsi Descriptionsii Choosing A Perspectiveiii Friends In Earthly Citieschapter 2. A Story Of Friendship: Bell And Bonhoefferi Ways Towards Friendshipii The Storyiii The Friendshipchapter 3. Common Actioni Aristotle: Friendship In The Cityii Arendt: Politics As Acting Togetheriii Bell And Bonhoeffer: Acting Politically?chapter 4. Common Judgementi Responding To Evilii Judgement As Political Actiii Judging Togetherchapter 5. Friends Judging In Times Of Crisis4i In The Company Of Judgementii Judgement In Repentance And Forgivenessiii Spectatorship Or Obediencechapter 6. Ecclesial Judgementi Jesus' Gift Of Friendship (john 15)ii Mutual Submission In Service (romans 12)iii Judgement Received In Friendshipchapter 7. Friends In The Church And Political Societyi Friendship Within The Body Of Christii Friendship And Political Responsibilityiii Conclusionappendix 1: Excerpt From Bell's Diaryappendix 2: Die Stuttgarter Schulderklrung / The Stuttgart Declaration Of Guiltappendix 3: 'der Freund' / 'the Friend'bibliographyindex