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.
...""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'."
Series: Routledge Radical Orthodoxy
Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 9th November 2000
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1