Politics in Friendship
The book 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...
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The book 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).
- Acknowledgements Introduction Chapter 1. Friendship And Politics: Initial Explorations I Descriptions Ii Choosing A Perspective Iii Friends In Earthly Cities Chapter 2. A Story Of Friendship: Bell And Bonhoeffer I Ways Towards Friendship Ii The Story Iii The Friendship Chapter 3. Common Action I Aristotle: Friendship In The City Ii Arendt: Politics As Acting Together Iii Bell And Bonhoeffer: Acting Politically? Chapter 4. Common Judgement I Responding To Evil Ii Judgement As Political Act Iii Judging Together Chapter 5. Friends Judging In Times Of Crisis 4 I In The Company Of Judgement Ii Judgement In Repentance And Forgiveness Iii Spectatorship Or Obedience Chapter 6. Ecclesial Judgement I Jesus' Gift Of Friendship (john 15) Ii Mutual Submission In Service (romans 12) Iii Judgement Received In Friendship Chapter 7. Friends In The Church And Political Society I Friendship Within The Body Of Christ Ii Friendship And Political Responsibility Iii Conclusion Appendix 1: Excerpt From Bell's Diary Appendix 2: Die Stuttgarter Schulderkl Rung / The Stuttgart Declaration Of Guilt Appendix 3: 'der Freund' / 'the Friend' Bibliography Index