Monday, November 28, 2011

Dr. Hovey publishes a collection of readings in political theology

The book gathers some of the most significant and influential writings in political theology from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Given that Christianity's center of gravity is undeniably shifting to the global South, this volume uniquely integrates key voices from Africa, Asia, and Latin America with central texts from Europe and North America on such major subjects as church and state, gender and race, and Christendom and postcolonialism.

"We're really excited about this book," says Hovey. "These readings show an astounding breadth of ideas coming from Christians around the world, many of whom simply don't share our American anxiety about church and state, which has tended to restrict Christianity's importance to the private sphere of individual spirituality. I think readers will be amazed by the alternatives that are out there."

Carefully selected, thematically arranged, and expertly introduced, these forty-nine essential readings constitute an ideal primary-source introduction to contemporary political theology — a profoundly relevant resource for globally engaged citizens, students, and scholars.

"Political Theology is something of a loose term and our hope with this project has been to give it some clearer contours," Hovey says. "I think students will love it. I can't wait to use it in the classroom." And they won't have to wait too long. Hovey is using this book in REL301 Church, State and Society next semester.

Read William Cavanaugh's blog post about the book.

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