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The mighty and the almighty : an essay in political theology

Author: Nicholas Wolterstorff
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"For a century or more political theology has been in decline. Recent years, however, have seen increasing interest not only in how church and state should be related, but in the relation between divine authority and political authority, and in what religion has to say about the limits of state authority and the grounds of political obedience. In this book, Nicholas Wolterstorff addresses this whole complex of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nicholas Wolterstorff
ISBN: 9781107027312 1107027314
OCLC Number: 788262691
Description: vii, 181 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Framing the issues: understanding Polycarp --
2. Yoder's objection to our framing of the issues --
3. The "two cities" objection to our framing of the issues --
4. Authority --
5. Governance --
6. Authority to govern --
7. Calvin on God, governmental authority, and obedience --
8. What did Paul actually say? --
9. God's governance of humankind --
10. Recap --
11. The political implications of the nature and existence of the church --
12. Discarding the "two rules" doctrine --
13. The rights-limited state --
14. Institutional rights as limits on the authority of the state --
15. Wrap-up: Polycarp re-visited.
Responsibility: Nicholas Wolterstorff.
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This book addresses the relationship of church to state and divine to political authority and asks what religion has to say about the limits of state authority and political obedience. It will be of  Read more...

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'The Mighty and the Almighty is probably the most important English-language contribution to a constructive theology of political authority since Oliver O'Donovan's The Desire of the Nations.' Read more...

 
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