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The Politics of Discipleship

Becoming Post-material Citizens

The Politics of Discipleship

Becoming Post-material Citizens

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334043508
Published: 30/10/2009

Graham Ward is well known for his thoughtful engagement with postmodernism and contemporary critical theology.

In this publication he provides a broader audience with an engaging account of the inherently political nature of postmodernity and thoughts on what it means to live the Christian faith within that setting.

Ward provides an accessible guide to contemporary postmodernism and its wide-ranging implications and develops a model of discipleship that informs a faith seeking understanding, which Ward describes as 'the substance of the church's political life'.

Graham Ward

The Revd Prof. Graham Ward is Professor of Contextual Theology and Ethics at the University of Manchester and Head of the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures.

'Graham Ward's The Politics of Discipleship is an extraordinary book. Ward does nothing less than help us see how 'world' and 'church' implicate each other by providing an insightful and learned account of the transformation of democracy, the perversities of globalization, and the ambiguities of secularization. Perhaps even more significant is his theological proposal for the difference the church can make in the world so described. This is an extraordinary book'-- Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, Duke University

'Graham Ward's clear and acute analysis of our political malaise rests upon an understanding of the contemporary world. Equally profound is his understanding of the biblical and theological tradition. His response is no glib panacea but rather a passionate exploration of union with Christ and communality lived in the light of the eschaton. This is Graham Ward's most important book so far. He shows us that theology is political, not polite.' -- Andrew Davison, St Stephen's House, Oxford

'Graham Ward boldly offers a fresh description of the consumer economy and the processes of globalization, examining the illusions they generate, the states of amnesia they call us into, and the slavery they impose. In the process, he constructs a counter-narrative of a Christian discipleship in the service of post-material values that is founded on an eschatological humanism and ecclesiology. The result is a new political theology, powerfully presented, rooted in Scripture and tradition, and fully engaged in reading the post-secular signs of the times.' -- Peter Manley Scott, University of Manchester