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The Church as Polis

From Political Theology to Theological Politics as Exemplified by Jürgen Moltmann and Stanley Hauerwas

Arne Rasmusson

Arne Rasmusson covers a broad range of central issues in political theology, including ecclesiology, hermeneutics, the theological interpretation of modernity, and ethical and political theory. He also discusses the social and political viability of the theologies of Moltmann and Hauerwas and the ecclesial practices they presuppose.

" _The Church as Polis _ is a significant contribution to contemporary discussions on public theology and the relation between religion and politics."-Francis Fiorenza, Harvard University

Through an innovative discussion of the relationship between church and society and an exposition of Jurgen Moltmann’s thought, Rasmusson advances the current discourse in political theology. He refines his argument by filtering Moltmann’s theology through an exploration of Stanley Hauerwas’s theological politics.

“This is a challenging, acute, revealing and, at times, immensely creative monograph. Rasmussen has tackled two of the icons of modern Reformed theology, Jergen Moltmann and Stanley Hauerwas, and he has done so positively and intelligently by refusing to condemn the ‘failings’ of his chosen subjects. . . . This is an admirable study . . . but it is also an impressive theological argument . . . and as such should be ready by anyone concerned
with the role of ecclesiology in modern theology.”-Reviews in Religion and Theology

ISBN: 978-0-268-00810-9
418 pages
Publication Year: 1995

Arne Rasmusson is associate professor in theology and ethics at Umeå Universitet, Sweden.

“This is a challenging, acute, revealing and, at times, immensely creative monograph. Rasmussen has tackled two of the icons of modern Reformed theology, Jergen Moltmann and Stanley Hauerwas, and he has done so positively and intelligently by refusing to condemn the ‘failings’ of his chosen subjects. . . . This is an admirable study . . . but it is also an impressive theological argument . . . and as such should be ready by anyone concerned with the role of ecclesiology in modern theology.”— Reviews in Religion and Theology

“This is a wide ranging and competent work that gives many insights into the theology of its two main “characters,” Moltmann and Hauerwas." — Pro Ecclesia

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Edited by Daniel G. Groody and Gustavo Gutiérrez

The Church as Polis

From Political Theology to Theological Politics as Exemplified by Jürgen Moltmann and Stanley Hauerwas

Arne Rasmusson

The Church as Polis: From Political Theology to Theological Politics as Exemplified by Jürgen Moltmann and Stanley Hauerwas
Paper Edition

Arne Rasmusson covers a broad range of central issues in political theology, including ecclesiology, hermeneutics, the theological interpretation of modernity, and ethical and political theory. He also discusses the social and political viability of the theologies of Moltmann and Hauerwas and the ecclesial practices they presuppose.

" _The Church as Polis _ is a significant contribution to contemporary discussions on public theology and the relation between religion and politics."-Francis Fiorenza, Harvard University

Through an innovative discussion of the relationship between church and society and an exposition of Jurgen Moltmann’s thought, Rasmusson advances the current discourse in political theology. He refines his argument by filtering Moltmann’s theology through an exploration of Stanley Hauerwas’s theological politics.

“This is a challenging, acute, revealing and, at times, immensely creative monograph. Rasmussen has tackled two of the icons of modern Reformed theology, Jergen Moltmann and Stanley Hauerwas, and he has done so positively and intelligently by refusing to condemn the ‘failings’ of his chosen subjects. . . . This is an admirable study . . . but it is also an impressive theological argument . . . and as such should be ready by anyone concerned
with the role of ecclesiology in modern theology.”-Reviews in Religion and Theology

ISBN: 978-0-268-00810-9

418 pages

“This is a challenging, acute, revealing and, at times, immensely creative monograph. Rasmussen has tackled two of the icons of modern Reformed theology, Jergen Moltmann and Stanley Hauerwas, and he has done so positively and intelligently by refusing to condemn the ‘failings’ of his chosen subjects. . . . This is an admirable study . . . but it is also an impressive theological argument . . . and as such should be ready by anyone concerned with the role of ecclesiology in modern theology.”— Reviews in Religion and Theology

“This is a wide ranging and competent work that gives many insights into the theology of its two main “characters,” Moltmann and Hauerwas." — Pro Ecclesia