Christianity and Contemporary Politics
Winner of the Michael Ramsey Prize 2013.
Relations between religious and political spheres continue to stir passionate debates on both sides of the Atlantic. Bretherton explores the relationship between Christianity and contemporary politics through case studies of faith-based organizations, Christian political activism and welfare provision in the West.
These case studies assess initiatives including community organizing, fair trade, and the sanctuary movement. This book offers an insightful, informative account of how Christians can engage politically in a multi-faith, liberal democracy.
It reveals how Christians can help prevent the subversion of the church — and even of politics itself — by legal, bureaucratic, and market mechanisms, rather than advocating withdrawal or assimilation Engages with the intricacies of contemporary politics whilst integrating systematic and historical theological reflection on political and economic life.