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By Charles T. Mathewes

ISBN-10: 0521832268

ISBN-13: 9780521832267

What has Washington to do with Jerusalem? within the raging debates in regards to the courting among faith and politics, nobody has explored the spiritual merits and demanding situations of public engagement for Christian believers - formerly. This publication defends and information Christian believers' engagement in modern pluralistic public lifestyles now not from the viewpoint of a few impartial 'public', yet from the actual viewpoint of Christian religion, arguing that such engagement enriches either public lifestyles and Christian voters' religion themselves. As such it deals no longer a 'public theology', yet a 'theology of public life', analysing the promise and perils of Christian public engagement, discussing the character of civic dedication and prophetic critique, and the relation of a loving religion to a liberal politics of justice. Theologically wealthy, philosophically rigorous, politically, traditionally and sociologically trained, this e-book advances modern dialogue of 'religion and public existence' in basic methods.

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The overall project of time is not yet concluded, and so we must undergo the historical process of salvation knowing that the consolations of redemption are not given to us immediately. Joy is not our imminent future; only the longing for joy is. The ascetical engagement proposed here is a form of participating in God’s kenotic engagement with the world. By engaging in public interactions with others and enduring the risks those engagements entail, we come better to see and participate in God pro nobis.

Against both apocalypticism and consumerism, both of which tempt us towards false conclusions, false ‘‘ends,’’ the virtues can find themselves purified through engagement in public life. The souls of Christians may be shaped by their public engagements in ways that train their longings here, while also offering a foretaste of their participation in the eschatological kingdom to come. With all that said, let’s get to it. 27 part i A theology of engagement Wherever you turn your eyes the world can shine like transfiguration.

But the church cannot be understood via a derivative parallel to the world, presuming a prior polis on which it is reactively modeled. See Mathewes 2000. Introduction to Part I object; only by accepting this love as otherworldly can we allow it to be as thoroughly worldly as we wish it to be. In this way ‘‘otherworldliness’’ enables its adherents to be more fully at home in the world than ‘‘immanentists’’ can be, because it allows us not to expect more from the world than it can provide, and thus not to be disappointed by it.

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