This is a response to Gareth Jones's critique of Changing Worlds, arguing that while this critique largely misunderstands the approach taken in the book, it does raise important questions about the prospect of war in the modern world. Crucial differences are identified in the use of theological rhetoric as a means of resolving differences about the legitimacy of war in the modern world. Adapted from the source document.
This article attempts to draw the scope and content of contemporary Political Theology, based on a review of the 2013 publication titled, Political Theology: Contemporary challenges and future directions, edited by Francis Schüssler Fiorenza, Klaus Tanner and Michael Welker. The book is a collection of contributions which explore the contemporary content and potential future of the subject discipline. ‘Political Theology’ as critical theology and as a ‘theology with its face towards the world’ is committed to ‘justice, peace and the integrity of creation’ and is multifaceted. It represents a discipline with which theologians reflect on political-theological objectives across continents and paradigms. The article concludes with a brief investigation of the implications of insights offered in the book for the South African context (as part of the African continent). ; http://www.hts.org.za ; am2015
What should responsible Christian theologians say after September 11 (2001) Robin Gill's recent book, Changing Worlds, offers a particular vision based on a nuanced understanding of just war theory. This article dissents from that view, arguing that our responses are distorted if we are tempted to give September 11 a status that is hard to justify, & which might lead to difficulties between the world's major religions. Responsible theology often lies in just such dissent from politically plausible yet tendentious actions & their consequences. Adapted from the source document.