Item description for Christ & Empire: From Paul to Postcolonial Times (Facets) by Joerg Rieger...
Overview Although we loathe admitting it, Christians have often, through crusade, conquest, and commerce, used the name and power of Christ to promote and justify political, economic, and even military gain. Rieger's ambitious and faith-filled project chips away at the colonial legacy of Christology to find the authentic Christ - or rather the many authentic depictions of Christ in history and theology that survive our self-serving domestications. Against the seeming inevitability of globalized unfairness, Rieger holds up a "stumbling block" that confounds even empire.
Publishers Description Although we loathe admitting it, Christians have often, through crusade, conquest, and commerce, used the name and power of Christ to promote and justify political, economic, and even military gain. Rieger's ambitious and faith-filled project chips away at the colonial legacy of Christology to find the authentic Christ - or rather the many authentic depictions of Christ in history and theology that survive our self-serving domestications. Against the seeming inevitability of globalized unfairness, Rieger holds up a "stumbling block" that confounds even empire.
Citations And Professional Reviews Christ & Empire: From Paul to Postcolonial Times (Facets) by Joerg Rieger has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Century - 12/15/2009 page 48
Christian Century - 04/22/2008 page 34
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Studio: Fortress Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.81" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2007
Publisher AUGSBURG FORTRESS PUB. #99
ISBN 0800620380 ISBN13 9780800620387
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More About Joerg Rieger
During his seminary education and internships in German Methodist churches, Joerg Rieger became increasingly aware of deep-seated problems in church and theology, which helped to perpetuate unjust structures like gender inequality and exploitation of the environment. Moving to the United States where he received his Ph.D. in Theology and Ethics from Duke University, Rieger became further aware of issues of racial discrimination and economic injustice and of how church and theology were complicit. Neither the conservative, rules-based Christianity of the Methodist church in which he grew up nor the liberal theology of his early theological education provided the resources to address such forms of systemic oppression. Rieger's work is based on the recognition that more radical and faithful visions of Christianity were needed, and that such visions were already emerging from grassroots communities both locally and globally. Rieger continues to develop this more challenging vision of Christianity in close collaboration with colleagues both nationally and internationally and with emerging grassroots movements. In Dallas, where he taught at Perkins School of Theology from 1994 to 2016, he was active in the religion and labor movement. In 2016 he was named Distinguished Professor of Theology at Vanderbilt University Divinity School. Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger is an organizer and lecturer. Most recently she worked for North Texas Jobs with Justice and the Dallas Central Labor Council (AFL-CIO). She is also the founder of the Texas New ERA Center/Jobs with Justice. Her previous lives were spent as a molecular biologist, a Montessori teacher and home educator.
Joerg Rieger currently resides in the state of Texas.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Christ & Empire: From Paul to Postcolonial Times (Facets)?
The Interaction Between Empire and Christianity Jun 16, 2009
This well-researched book reveals how the "empire" shapes our theologies - both dominant theologies and the alternative theologies. Rieger explores the church during the periods of different empires (eg. Roman, Spanish, U.S., etc) to show the theological shaping force of empire. This is a book I will keep for constant reference.
Highly recommended for Christology shelves. Sep 1, 2007
Joerg Rieger (Professor of Systematic Theology, Perkins School of Theology) presents Christ & Empire: From Paul to Postcolonial Times, an examination how our modern-day perception of Jesus Christ has been shaped by empires at critical turning points of history. Crusades, conquest, and commerce have spread the Christian faith for hundreds of years; Christ & Empire seeks to peel away the colonial legacy of Christology to find the true Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ's own refusal to submit to empire offers an intriguing and ironic contrast to the historical legacy of Christian empires, in this thoughtful, scholarly, and extensively researched treatise. Highly recommended for Christology shelves.
Wonderful Jun 27, 2007
This is an amazing combination of current biblical, historical, and postcolonial studies to present a readable yet profound reflection on Christ that allows Christ to disturb us and awaken us from our slumber and imperial allegiance.