This ground-breaking book challenges readers to rethink the divide between liberal and orthodox approaches which characterizes Christianity today. Ian S. Markham's argument centers around the issue of Christianity's engagement with non-Christian traditions. He takes issue with those people who see this engagement as a submission to modernity, arguing that throughout its history Christianity has in fact been enriched by its association with other traditions.The book draws on a range of illuminating examples, including extensive discussion of key figures such as Augustine of Hippo, as well as specific cases involving human rights, state sovereignty, feminism, black theology, economics, and ethics.
Ian Markham is Dean of Hartford College, Connecticut. He is the author of numerous books, including Truth and the Reality of God (1999) and Theological Liberalism (2000). For Blackwell Publishing he has edited A World Religions Reader (1999) and Encountering Religion (2000). He serves on the editorial board of the journal Teaching Theology and Religion.
Acknowledgments.Introduction.1. Engagement: What it is and why it matters.2. Augustine's Theological Methodology. 3. Assimilation, Resistance and Overhearing.4. Assimilation: Engagement with Human Rights.5. Resistance: The heresy of State Sovereignty and the Religious imperative for intervention to defend Human rights.6. Assimilation: The Importance of Black and Feminist Perspectives.7. Overhearing: Clash of Discourses: Secular in the West against the Secular in India.8. Overhearing: Thinking about Hinduism, Inclusivity and Toleration.9. Assimilation: Christianity and the Consensus Around Capitalism.10. Assimilation and overhearing: 'Rethinking Globalization: Bediuzzaman Said Nursi's Risale-I Nur in conversation with Empire: By Hardt and Negri.11. Keith Ward: An Engaged Theologian.12. Engaging with the Pope: Engagement yet not Engagement.13. The Shape of an Engaged Theology. Conclusion. Notes. References. Index.