Power

Power

Description

In "Power and Christian Theology", Stephen Sykes examines the ambiguous role played by the concept of power in Christian theology. Centuries of experience of the abuse of power have taught us to be instinctively suspicious of it. But can a faith which celebrates a 'God of power and might' dispense with it entirely? In the history of theology, and based in the Scriptures, are to be found diverging tendencies; one which sees no difficulty in the affirmation of divine power and its human embodiment, the other in which power is radically re-thought. In early modern Europe power was given new, realistic expression, and the discipline of sociology was born. Theology has had consequently to face new problems. Stephen Sykes argues that it is not credible to attempt to dissociate Christian faith from the phenomena of power in their entirety. He holds that human beings are enmeshed in a deeply ambiguous context, a world of overlapping and intersecting powers. The dangers which inevitably accompany the use of power are better avoided by their explicit recognition, than by heroic exercises of self-deception.

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Details

Author(s)
Stephen Sykes
Format
Paperback | 160 pages
Dimensions
138 x 216 x 14.48mm | 244.94g
Publication date
08 Jul 2006
Publisher
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
ISBN10
0826476511
ISBN13
9780826476517
Bestsellers rank
958,870