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Overview A masterpiece! This outstanding collection brings together influential pieces from 65 authors in the days when theology and politics were intermingled: Origen, Augustine, Gregory I, Dante, William of Ockham, Luther, Calvin, and Grotius. Introductions, bibliographies, plus outstanding translations.
Publishers Description A reference tool that provides an overview of the history of Christian political thought with selections from second century to the seventeenth century.From the second century to the seventeenth, from Irenaeus to Grotius, this unique reader provides a coherent overview of the development of Christian political thought. The editors have collected readings from the works of over sixty-five authors, together with introductory essays that give historical details about each thinker and discuss how each has contributed to the tradition of Christian political thought. Complete with important Greek and Latin texts available here in English for the first time, this volume will be a primary resource for readers from a wide range of interests.
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.44" Width: 6.48" Height: 1.78" Weight: 2.95 lbs.
Release Date Nov 17, 1999
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN 0802842097 ISBN13 9780802842091
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More About Oliver O'Donovan
Oliver O'Donovan is a fellow of the British Academy and professor emeritus of Christian ethics and practical theology at the University of Edinburgh. His other books include The Desire of the Nations, The Ways of Judgment, andResurrection and Moral Order.
Oliver O'Donovan has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Oxford Oxford University University of Oxford University.
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Politics à la Male, Christian Fanatics Apr 23, 2003
This collection truly is indispensable to anyone interested in the Christian tradition of political theology. A vast array of sources-many of which are quite inconvenient to obtain-are placed at the fingertips of anyone interested. Additionally, the authors distinguish their collection with numerous erudite, probing essays preceding each collection and author. These not only provide historical context but also the outlines of modern scholarly debate. Also, for further reference, bibliographies are concluded. In a word, it is a `sourcebook' par excellance.
There are omissions, as is the case with all collections; however, this does not detract from the overall utility of the collection.
Uncovering the Christian roots of Western constitutionalism Apr 17, 2002
Oliver O'Donovan, a Brit, and Joan Lockwood O'Donovan, born and raised a Canuck, of Christ Church College, Oxford, do a tremendous service to our understanding of the West's pre-Enlightenment constitutional tradition.
Political theorists and philosophers seemed to suffer an epidemic of historical and philosophical amnesia beginning about the 17th century with Hobbes, Locke, et al. Although their writings clearly rely on some sixteen centuries of thought with respect to political authority in the Christian tradition, 17th-c. theorists and on give little hint of the extent of their claiming the ideas of "dual (or plural) authority" and the rule of law as developed in western Christendom.
With selected excerpts from early church father Irenaeus to father of modern constitutionalism Grotius, the O'Donovans trace this development from an early church in tension (and persecution) with the sacralist Roman state; through the power struggles between church and imperial, and church and feudal authorities; and the development of Lutheran and Calvinist theories of resistance vis a vis 16th-c. absolutist theories of the divine right of kings.
Far from its being an invention or child of the Enlightenment, the O'Donovans make clear the West's tradition of plural authority and consitutionalism was delivered to Enlightenment theorists as a mature creature which continues to inform and instruct Western constitutional thought to the present, albeit far too little.
Missing a third of the Reformation Feb 22, 2002
Of course, Luther and Calvin account for the majority of the reformation, and the O'Donovon's do a fine job of bringing them to life (as much as one can say that about Calvin). However, this text makes references to Anabaptists without giving them 'equal time.' Of course, they should not expect this pacifist and somewhat isolationist sect to raise a stink over being left out (in fact they would probably be in favor of maintaining a low profile), but it is intellectually incomplete. What is there, however, is excellent.
Essential May 4, 2000
The O'Donovans have compiled an exquisite collection of "family thoughts" -- a collection of Christian thinkers who took the polis seriously.
This text provides essential sources for the collective Christian memory up to the edges of the modern period. With that kind of foundation, Christians and non-Christians alike will find long-suffering arguments of the faith that extend beyond short term political "wins."
Invaluable anthology of political theology Mar 31, 2000
This anthology is extremely valuable. It provides accurate translations of the most important writings in the history of Christian political theology from the 2nd to the 17th century. Quite a notable resource.