196 pages | 2 B/W Illus.
From food banks to migrant welcome committees, and community organisers to internet based campaigners, civil society is central to the North Atlantic social landscape. Theology and Civil Society advances our understanding of what civil society is and offers a theologically informed re-imagining of our shared social life.
Prefaced by a foreword by the Rev. Dr Rowan Williams, this book explores contemporary manifestations of the kind of collective action observed in civil society since the 1800s. It then examines civil society as the sum of modern associations which mediate our relationships to the market and the state, but which cannot be identified fully with either the market or the state. Finally, three different perspectives on civil society are presented using insights from theologians such as John Milbank and Georg Hegel.
This is a pertinent topic for contemporary society, and it is explored expertly here by an international panel of contributors. As such, it is an important volume for any scholar of Theology and Religious Studies and their interactions with Sociology and Politics.
Foreword by Rowan Williams
Part One: Civil Society as a Sphere of Association
1 Faith in Action: Lessons from Citizens UK’s Work in East London
2 Perspectives of Change – Faith Based Organisations and Climate Change Action
3 When Political Theology takes an Ecclesial Turn, Who is Left Out in the Cold? Revisiting Manchester’s Oxford Road with Graham Ward
Part Two: Civil Society as a Sphere of Mediation
4 Politics in the Cyber-City
5 Foundation, but Foundation Only: Considerations Regarding Hegel’s Account of Religion, the Modern State and Civil Society
6 Theology and Exclusion: From Charity to Advocacy to Deep Solidarity
Part Three: Theo-political Re-imaginings of Civil Society
7 Liberalism and the Pre-Modern: A Theological Appreciation of the Politics of Jo Grimond
8 'With the Pertinacity of Bloodhounds’: Hegelian Comments on an Old Text of Fr. Daniel Berrigan's
9 Embedding State and Market Institutions in Civil Society: Faith, Fraternity and the Building of an Ethical Economy