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Love's Strategy : The Political Theology of Johann Baptist Metz -  Downey

Love's Strategy

The Political Theology of Johann Baptist Metz

By: Downey

Paperback Published: 1st October 1999
ISBN: 9781563382857

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Love's Strategy brings together the best and most popular papers and lectures of one of the most stimulating voices in contemporary theological conversation. Here, in striking prose, Johann Baptist Metz, a founder of "political theology," faithfully attends to the social, cultural, and economic dimensions of Christian theology. Using the categories of memory, narrative, and solidarity, Metz reflects on the future church, theology's role, and the vital questions of human suffering and hope. The task of theology, he repeatedly reminds readers, is to perceive the pain and suffering all over the world with sensitivity. Remembrance of the suffering of others, he says, is the basic category of Christian talk of God. A clear overview by John K. Downey locates the principal themes of Metz's work, organizes the various vectors of his thought, and provides a focus for reading and discussion. A unique feature of the book is its inclusion of Metz's first original programmatic article as well as a newly translated lecture on political theology and global politics. John K. Downey is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Gonzaga University.

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"John Downey has provided an excellent introduction to the political theology of Johann Baptist Metz by judiciously selecting from Metz's own writings. At a time when religion and morality are receiving more attention in American political campaigns, Metz's political theology is a needed corrective to the tendency to make Christianity simply conform to contemporary culture. The redemptive transformation of humanity and culture in the Cross and Resurrection of Christ is fundamental." Fr. Matthew L. Lamb, Boston College--Sanford Lakoff

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction: Risking Memory: Political Theology as Interruptionp. 1
The Future Church
The Church and the Worldp. 13
The Church's Social Function in the Light of a "Political Theology"p. 26
Christians and Jews after Auschwitz: Being a Meditation Also on the End of Bourgeois Religionp. 39
Bread of Survival: The Lord's Supper of Christians as Anticipatory Sign of an Anthropological Revolutionp. 53
Theology Today: New Crises and New Visionsp. 64
Theology as Interruption
Between Evolution and Dialectics: The Point of Departure for a Contemporary Fundamental Theologyp. 83
The Dangerous Memory of the Freedom of Jesus Christ: The Presence of the Church in Societyp. 92
A Short Apology of Narrativep. 102
An Identity Crisis in Christianity? Transcendental and Political Responsesp. 113
Theology in the New Paradigm: Political Theologyp. 123
Hoping Against Hope
Communicating a Dangerous Memoryp. 135
The Second Comingp. 150
The Courage to Prayp. 157
In the Pluralism of Religious and Cultural Worlds: Notes Toward a Theological and Political Programp. 167
Permissionsp. 177
Indexp. 179
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ISBN: 9781563382857
ISBN-10: 1563382857
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 1st October 1999
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.34  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1