Christianity and Democracy
A Theology for a Just World Order
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Number of Pages: 312
Width: 13.6 cm
Height: 21.5 cm
The need for global democratisation is now widely recognised, but there is considerable debate about what this means and how it can be achieved. In this important study John de Gruchy examines the historic and contemporary roles of Christianity in the development of democracy. He traces the gestation of modern democracy in medieval Christendom, and then describes the virtual breakdown of the relationship as democracy becomes the polity of modernity. Five twentieth-century case studies - the USA, Nicaragua, sub-Saharan Africa, Germany and South Africa - demonstrate the extent to which ecumenical Christianity has begun to reconnect with democracy and act as its contemporary midwife. De Gruchy argues that democracy needs to rediscover its spiritual heritage, while Christianity needs to develop a theology adequate for its participation in the realisation of a just democratic world order.
'De Gruchy has made an excellent contribution to a burgeoning field of research and a thoughtful offering to churches as they reflect on their future role in democratizing societies.' Religion and Values in Public Life 'A contribution of exceptional importance not only for an understanding of the Christian past but, still more, for reshaping its present.' Adrian Hastings, formerly University of Leeds ' A lucid and well-argued case for anchoring the vision of democracy in the prophetic vision of a just society ... I commend this book to all and sundry.' John S. Pobee, Chairman of the World Council of Churches, Geneva