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Christ & Empire: From Paul to Postcolonial…

Christ & Empire: From Paul to Postcolonial Times (Facets)

by Joerg Rieger

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There have been many books about America as an Empire and how the Church can be the Church within it. This new book is an interdisciplinary approach to Christianity as it relates to Empire. Beginning with Jesus and Paul, Joerg Rieger demonstrates the ways in which Christian faith is embedded in culture and how words like "Lord" and "Prophet, Priest, King" are pregnant with meaning that must be reframed and understood as a critique of their Empirical context. Rieger uses theology, social theory, liberation theology and history from below to lay out new ways of understanding Christ and Empire. The first chapter on Jesus and Paul and the fifth on Schliermacher's time period alone make the book worthy of your attention. I'm less impressed that he chose Matthew Fox's work as the subject of the last chapter. Because of its interdisciplinary approach and hundreds of endnotes the book is not easy to read, but the subject matter is prescient and it is exciting to see the Church finally paying close attention to this subject. ( )
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Although we loathe admitting it, Christians have often, through crusade, conquest, and commerce, used the name and power of Christ to promote and justify political, economic, and even military gain. Rieger's ambitious and faith-filled project chips away at the colonial legacy of Christology to find the authentic Christ - or rather the many authentic depictions of Christ in history and theology that survive our self-serving domestications. Against the seeming inevitability of globalized unfairness, Rieger holds up a "stumbling block" that confounds even empire.

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