This is the fourth volume in the series "God and Globalization", sponsored by the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, N.J. The 3 previous volumes were multi-authored. This volume is authored solely by Max Stackhouse, the general editor of the series, with a Foreword by the distinguished church historian Justo Gonzales. This final interpretive volume argues for a view of Christian theology that, in critical dialogue with other world religions and philosophies, is able to engage the new world situation, play a critical role in reforming the "powers" that are becoming more diverse and autonomous, and generate a social ethic for the 21st century.
Max L. Stackhouse, coordinating editor of the God and Globalization series, is Stephen Colwell Professor of Christian Ethics at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is the author of many books, including Covenant and Commitments: Faith, Family, and Economic Life.
Contents A Preface Justo Gonzalez An Introduction: Faith and Globalization A. Three Worrisome Developments B. Defining the Terms C. The Temptation to Imperialism D. Some Historical Precedents E. On Capitalism and Socialism F. The Better Evidence G. What Then Do We Need?; 1. The Question: A Review and a Direction A. The Purposes of This Volume B. What We Have Done: A Brief Review C. A Short Genealogy of Globalization D. Religion in the World's Civilizations E. Representative Figures F. Must Religions also Clash? G. A Third Option; 2. The Approach: "Public Theology" A. What Does Public Theology Do? B. Public Theology and Modern Philosophy: An Impasse? C. A Brief History of the Idea D. Why a "Public" Theology? E. Why Not a "Political" Theology? F. The Meanings of "Theology" G. Why a "Christian" Public Theology?; 3. The First Grace: Creation A. Toward Biblical Doctrines B. "In the Beginning..." C. Creation is not Nature D. The Cultural Mandate C. The Image and Human Capacities D. The First Grace Betrayed E. "Out of the Garden"; 4. The Second Grace: Providence A. Living With Sin B. The Covenant Inspired C. The Elements of Covenant D. A Comment on Moral Law E. The Third Element: Purposes F. Vocations G. But There Were Prophets H. And Priests Too I. The Question of Kings J. A Note on Wisdom K. The Covenant and Offices Renewed; 5. The Third Grace: Salvation A. Grace Enfleshed B. Saving Grace C. New Directions in Missions D. Social Conversions E. Where is the Kingdom Hope? F. The Kingdom is Still Coming G. What Difference Does It Make? H. Toward Sanctification?; 6. A Summary with Conclusions and Implications A. Globalizing Christian Ethics B. Globalization as "Another Fall" C. The "Providential Grace" View D. Thus, Globalization as Mission.