Cities of God (Radical Orthodoxy) by Graham Ward

By Graham Ward

Cities of God lines city tradition of north the United States and Western Europe through the Seventies, to invite how theology can reply to the postmodern urban. given that Harvey Cox released his recognized theological reaction to city dwelling through the mid-1960s little or no has been written to deal with this primary topic. via analyses of up to date movie, structure, literature, and standard theological assets in Augustine and Gregory of Nyssa, Graham Ward lays out a scientific theology which has the guidance and construction of towns as its concentration. this can be very important studying for all these attracted to theology and concrete dwelling.

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The report, without going into many theological details, announced a Christian commitment to the city. D. H. Tawney. In the nineteenth century the famous Scottish preacher, Henry Drummond, spelt out the nature of that Christian commitment. ‘Christianity’, he said, ‘is the religion of cities. It moves among real things. ’ He concluded: ‘the perfect saint is the perfect citizen’ (Drummond: 1988, 11–12). The Archbishop’s report concurred (Church of England: 1985, 70), outlining the need for a theology in a picture of a disintegrating cityscape.

Critical genealogies, examinations of cultural metaphors, and the construction of a new Christian dogmatics – the three critical engagements in this present volume – are not politically innocent. All acts of representation – acts of critique, interpretation and construction – are acts of persuasion seeking adherence, seeking to find cultural space. All such acts are part of larger systems of beliefs and assumptions. As his critics have pointed out, Geertz’s ‘thick descriptions’ are not only caught up in a certain colonial politics, but they endorse those politics insofar as the description sets down and reaffirms the status quo: this is how things are in Balinese culture and this is the way they will remain (Pecora: 1989, 243–76).

Pico della Mirandola [1487]: 1948, 226–7) Introduction Faith in the City, the report of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Commission on Urban Priority Areas, was first published in 1985. The report, without going into many theological details, announced a Christian commitment to the city. D. H. Tawney. In the nineteenth century the famous Scottish preacher, Henry Drummond, spelt out the nature of that Christian commitment. ‘Christianity’, he said, ‘is the religion of cities. It moves among real things.

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