Exodus Church and Civil Society: Public Theology and Social Theory in the Work of Jürgen Moltmann

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2008 - Religion - 223 pages
This book investigates the intersection of theology and social theory in the work of Jurgen Moltmann. In particular, it examines the way in which his concept of the 'Exodus Church' can illuminate the importance of the idea of civil society for a Christian public theology. The concept of civil society can aid in moving from the narrower category of 'political theology, ' a term used frequently by Moltmann to emphasize the church's public commitment, to a broader understanding of theology's public task, which takes into account the plurality of ends and institutions within society. The idea of the Exodus Church enables deeper understanding of Christian ethical participation within a complex modern society
 

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Contents

Public Theology and the Task of Theological Ethics
61
Public Theology in the American Tradition
77
Theology Reason and Critical Theory
101
The Evolution of the Theory of Civil Society
115
Civil Society and the Churchs Public Role
135
Public Theology Critical Modernism and the Kingdom of
153
The Theological and Social Character of the Church
173
l2 Conclusions and Prospects
191
Index
213
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Scott Paeth is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at DePaul University, Chicago, IL.

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