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Cities of God : Routledge Radical Orthodoxy - Graham Ward

Cities of God

Routledge Radical Orthodoxy

Paperback Published: 9th November 2000
ISBN: 9780415202565
Number Of Pages: 324

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Beginning with an account of how Christian theology is called upon to read the signs of the time, Cities of God traces the shift in urban culture in North America and Western Europe that took place in the 1970s. The modern sites of eternal aspiration and hope became the post-modern cities of eternal desires. The old, modern theological responses to the city become unbelievable and inadequate, necessitating a new theological approach to urban living. Such an approach would have to engage with and respond to the insurgent social atomism and the celebration of virtual realities evident in the late capitalist, post-modern civic living. The book seeks to develop that approach, emphasizing the analogical relations which exist between physical, ecclesial, sacramental, social and political bodies. It argues for a profound participation of all these bodies in the Body of Christ. Working through analyses of contemporary film, architecture and literature, and drawing upon traditional theological resources in Augustine and Gregory of Nyssa, the book lays out a systematic theology which has the preparation and building of cities of God as its focus.

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...""Cities of God provides a thoughtful and helpful approach to the treatment of gender and civic life within theology, and future theological discussions of the city will do well to work in conversation with Ward's approach.." -"Journal of Religion, William W. Young III, Loyola College in Maryland "This is a very interesting book.." -William Cavanaugh, University of St. Thomas "This interesting...book will appeal to those interested not only in mysticism and process thought but also in the significance of religious experience in contemporary Christianity.." -"Religious Studies Review, October 2001, volume 27 number 4 "Ward has... produced a profound diagnosis of the city and a viable theological remedy." -"The Expository Times "The book is worth reading... [T]here is a humility here which acknowledges that 'our dogmatisms speak more about our fears than our aspirations'." -"Church Times

Introduction: the signs of the timesp. 1
Cultural atomismp. 25
Cities of eternal aspirationp. 27
Cities of endless desirep. 52
The analogical world-viewp. 79
Transcorporeality: the ontological scandalp. 81
The displaced body of Jesus Christp. 97
Communities of desirep. 117
The Church as the erotic communityp. 152
The erotics of redemptionp. 182
Theology and the practices of contemporary livingp. 203
Cities of angelsp. 205
Cities of the good: the redemption of cyberspacep. 225
Notesp. 261
Bibliographyp. 280
Indexp. 303
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ISBN: 9780415202565
ISBN-10: 0415202566
Series: Routledge Radical Orthodoxy
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 9th November 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1

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