Augustine and Politics - Augustine in Conversation: Tradition and Innovation (Paperback)John Doody (editor), Kevin L. Hughes (editor), Kim Paffenroth (editor), Todd Breyfogle (author of contributions), Phillip Cary (author of contributions), Robert Dodaro (author of contributions), Louis I. Hamilton (author of contributions), Michael Hanby (author of contributions), Robert P. Kennedy (author of contributions), Thomas F. Martin (author of contributions)
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Publisher: Lexington Books
Number of pages: 360
Weight: 576 g
Dimensions: 226 x 166 x 31 mm
This rich collection provides a needed accessible guide to the current renaissance of Augustine studies and its implications for the diverse revival of interest in political Augustinianism. More importantly, however, by upsetting conventional assumptions about both Augustine and politics, it offers a welcome interdisciplinary conversation that a figure like Augustine allows and deserves. Far from another volume on 'religion and politics,' it draws on careful historical research and energetic theological developments in order to help us critically think with Augustine about liberalism, democracy, capitalism, civil society, and humanism. If your image of Augustine relies on categories like pessimism and otherworldliness, be prepared for surprises. Take up and read! -- Eric S. Gregory, Princeton University
Highly recommended. * CHOICE *
The past several decades have seen a revolution in scholarship on Augustine. A historically contextualized and theologically dynamic Augustine has replaced previous, more procrustean and static depictions. But only fairly recently have theologians, philosophers, and political thinkers discovered and begun to harvest that work. This volume collects some of the first fruits of this harvest. Not only are the received Augustinian political categories discussed, but a new set of lenses are applied as well. Monasticism, terror, family, friendship, consumerism-these and other topics are invigoratingly engaged. Theologically astute, politically savvy, this collection offers enormous rewards for thinking about Augustine, about politics, and about 'life in the world' in general. A great blessing. -- Charles Mathewes, University of Virginia
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