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Politics of Redemption : The Social Logic of Salvation - Adam Kotsko

Politics of Redemption

The Social Logic of Salvation

Hardcover Published: 30th December 2010
ISBN: 9780567525888
Number Of Pages: 224

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This is a new theory of the atonement, showing that the Christian account of salvation can only fully make sense if approached from a social-political angle. Recent decades have witnessed an explosion of new perspectives on 'atonement theory', the traditional name for reflections on the meaning of Christ's work. These new theologies view Christ as a political figure and mobilize social theory to understand the contemporary context and Christ's meaning for that context. "Politics of Redemption" demonstrates that pre-modern theologians also understood Christ's role in a fundamentally social way. The argument proceeds by analysing the most important and original contributors to the tradition of atonement theory (Irenaeus, Gregory of Nyssa, Anselm, and Abelard). The investigation reveals that they all work within a shared social-relational logic based on the solidarity of all human beings and the irreducible relatedness of humanity and the rest of creation. Having brought this social-relational logic to the surface, the work concludes by sketching out a fresh atonement theory as a way of showing that our understanding of Christ's work and of its relevance for our life together is enriched by foregrounding the question of how creation, and particularly the human social sphere, is structured.

Kotsko does offer a very intriguing perspective on atonement.--Studies in Religion/ Sciences Religieuses 'In this wonderfully readable and provocative book Adam Kotsko carefully examines the major texts of the tradition to demonstrate that the coherence of atonement theories depends upon a social-relational view of the human being. On this basis he offers a rethinking of atonement that fruitfully engages the contemporary controversies about this doctrine and opens up new paths for theological reflection.' - Theodore W. Jennings, Jr, Professor of Biblical and Constructive Theology, Chicago Theological Seminary, IL, USA. --Sanford Lakoff Kotsko does offer a very intriguing perspective on atonement.Religious Studies Review, Vol. 37, Issue 4 An indispensable contribution to the thorny theory of atonement. Hip to the feminist critique, inflected by the postmodern return to political theology, and steeped in the depths and potentialities of the doctrinal tradition, Kotsko's relational ontology for the doctrine of redemption offers a lucid and erudite resource for a wide spectrum of Christian theology.Journal of Religion In this wonderfully readable and provocative book Adam Kotsko carefully examines the major texts of the tradition to demonstrate that the coherence of atonement theories depends upon a social-relational view of the human being. On this basis he offers a rethinking of atonement that fruitfully engages the contemporary controversies about this doctrine and opens up new paths for theological reflection.Studies in Religion/ Sciences Religieuses Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 st1: *{behavior: url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name: "Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow: yes; mso-style-parent: ""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom: .0001pt; mso-pagination: widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family: "Times New Roman"; mso-ansi-language: #0400; mso-fareast-language: #0400; mso-bidi-language: #0400;} 'An indispensable contribution to the thorny theory of atonement. Hip to the feminist critique, inflected by the postmodern return to political theology, and steeped in the depths and potentialities of the doctrinal tradition, Kotsko's relational ontology for the doctrine of redemption offers a lucid and erudite resource for a wide spectrum of Christian theology.' - Catherine Keller, Professor of Constructive Theology, . Author of "Face of the Deep "and" On the Mystery." --Sanford Lakoff Normal0falsefalsefalseMicrosoftInternetExplorer4st1: *{behavior: url(#ieooui) }/* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable{mso-style-name: "Table Normal";mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;mso-style-noshow: yes;mso-style-parent: "";mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt;mso-para-margin:0cm;mso-para-margin-bottom: .0001pt;mso-pagination: widow-orphan;font-size:10.0pt;font-family: "Times New Roman";mso-ansi-language: #0400;mso-fareast-language: #0400;mso-bidi-language: #0400;}'An indispensable contribution to the thorny theory of atonement. Hip to the feminist critique, inflected bythe postmodern return to political theology, and steeped in the depths andpotentialities of the doctrinal tradition, Kotsko's relational ontology for the doctrine ofredemption offers a lucid and erudite resource for a wide spectrum of Christian theology.' - CatherineKeller, Professor of Constructive Theology, .Author of "Face of the Deep "and" On the Mystery."--,

Chapter 1: Thinking relationally; Chapter 2: Questioning atonement; Chapter 3: Reclaiming the tradition; Chapter 4: Irenaeus; Chapter 5: Gregory of Nyssa; Chapter 6: Anselm; Chapter 7: Abelard; Chapter 8: Community and related questions; Chapter 9: Politics of Redemption.

ISBN: 9780567525888
ISBN-10: 0567525880
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 30th December 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1