Church as Counterculture, The

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The question, “What does it mean to be ‘the church’?” has always been among the most controversial and of vital concern to political, economic, and ecclesial leaders alike. How it is answered influences whether Christianity will be a force for legitimating or subverting existing secular relations of power, influence, and privilege. The Church as Counterculture enters the debates on Christian identity, purpose, and organization by calling for the churches to reclaim their roles as “communities of disciples”—distinct and distinctive groups formed by the priorities and practices of Jesus—to constitute a countercultural reality and challenge to secular society and existing power relations.

The notion of the church as a countercultural community of disciples confounds many conventional divides within the Christian family (liberal and conservative, church and sect), while forcing redefinition of commonplace categories like religion and politics, sacred and secular. The contributors to this book—theologians, social theorists, philosophers, historians, Catholics and Protestants of various backgrounds—reflect this shifting of categories and divisions. The book provides thought-provoking Christian perspectives on war and genocide, racism and nationalism, the legitimacy of liberalism and capitalism, and more.

Contributors include Michael J. Baxter, Robert W. Brimlow, Walter Brueggemann, Michael L. Budde, Curt Cadorette, Rodney Clapp, Roberto S. Goizueta, Stanley Hauerwas, Marianne Sawicki, and Michael Warren.
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Michael L. Budde is Associate Professor of Political Science at DePaul University and the author of The (Magic) Kingdom of God: Christianity and Global Culture Industries and The Two Churches: Catholicism and Capitalism in the World System.

Robert W. Brimlow is Associate Professor of Philosophy at St. John Fisher College.

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SUNY Press
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Published on
Feb 1, 2012
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Pages
248
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ISBN
9780791492420
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English
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Religion / Christian Theology / General
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Chapter Contributors:
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Maria Clara Lucchetti Bingemer
Michael Budde
Matthew Butler
William Cavanaugh
Jose Mario Francisco
Peter Galadza
Stanley Hauerwas
Daniel Izuzquiza
Slavica Jakelic
Pantelis Kalaitzidis
Eunice Karanja Kamaara
Emmanuel Katongole
Dorian Llywelyn
Martin Menke
Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator
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In The Unseen Realm, Dr. Michael Heiser examines the ancient context of Scripture, explaining how its supernatural worldview can help us grow in our understanding of God. He illuminates intriguing and amazing passages of the Bible that have been hiding in plain sight. You'll find yourself engaged in an enthusiastic pursuit of the truth, resulting in a new appreciation for God's Word.



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