Christianity and the Political Order Paperback

Conflict, Cooptation and Cooperation

by Kenneth R. Himes;

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Christianity and the Political Order

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In this compelling book, Fr. Himes argues that politics and religion are matters too important to be left to politicians and religious leaders. More significant than electoral campaigns and government, church-state relations are about "how we ought to live together, how we should organize and govern our common life." Politics and the political choices we make must be "guided by considerations of national and global justice and peace and, for Christians, by the teachings of Jesus," as interpreted by tradition.

After an introduction to clarify terminology, Himes presents the history of church-state relations in three parts: Biblical Perspectives, Historical Perspectives, and Contemporary Perspectives. Readers are led from the teachings of the Old and New Testaments through the patristic and medieval eras and the age of reform to the age of revolution, and throughout the twentieth century into the third millennium. He takes on questions of the role of the church in politics, responsible voting, concerns of globalization, and issues of human rights and war and peace. Classroom-friendly, each of eleven chapters includes discussion questions and suggested readings.

Christianity and the Political Order by Kenneth R. Himes was published by Orbis Books in May 2013. The ISBN for Christianity and the Political Order is 9781626980280.

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Details for Christianity and the Political Order

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherOrbis Books (May 2013)
Number of Pages368
Thickness21 mm
Height152 mm
Width240 mm
Product Code4068309
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