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From Irenaeus to Grotius: A Sourcebook in Christian Political Thought, 100-1625
Edited by Oliver O'Donovan and Joan O'Donovan
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From the second century to the seventeenth, from Irenaeus to Grotius, this unique reader provides a coherent overview of the development of Christian political thought. The editors have collected readings from the works of over sixty-five authors from this period, together with introductory essays that give historical details about each thinker and discuss how each has contributed to the tradition of Christian political thought. Complete with important Greek and Latin texts available here in English for the first time, this volume will be a primary resource for readers from a wide range of interests.
"The appearance of this anthology by Oliver and Joan Lockwood O'Donovan is not only noteworthy but exciting. Here, for the first time, the traditions of Christian theological thought about the political order, in all of its extraordinary richness, diversity, and profundity, is made available in primary sources to nonspecialist readers. I have no doubt that political theology, which has already begun to sprout in various places, will now, with this sourcebook as stimulus, burst forth with a depth and imagination not seen since the Reformation. The O'Donovans' collection will become a classic."
Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale Divinity School
This is a magnificent achievement deserving of highest praise, and an essential collection at a time when "political theology" is much discussed without reference to its history.... No library aspiring to theological adequacy can be without From Irenaeus to Grotius.
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About the Editors
Oliver O'Donovan is the Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at the University of Oxford. He is also coeditor of the New Dictionary of Christian Ethics and Pastoral Theology. Joan O'Donovan is a theologian and teacher working in Oxford, England.
Table of Contents
Part 1: The Patristic Age
Part 2: Late Antiquity and Romano-Germanic Christian Kingship
Part 3: The Struggle over Empire and the Integration of Aristotle
Part 4: Political Community, Spiritual Church, Individual Right, and Dominium
Part 5: Renaissance, Reformation, and Radicalism: Scholastic Revival and the Consolidation of Legal Theory
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