Liturgy as Politics: An Interview with William Cavanaugh

Article by William Cavanaugh

In his reflections on theology and politics, Catholic theologian William T Cavanaugh has focused attention on how Christian liturgical practices embody and inform — or should embody and inform — Christian political witness, His book Torture and Eucharist: Theology, Politics and the Body of Christ (Blackwell) is about the Roman Catholic Church’s responses to the …

New Dynamics in Theology: Politically Active and Culturally Significant

Article by Larry Rassmussen

For better than two decades the consensus in theology and ethics has been that we have no consensus. Roger Shinn announced this fact before most people had noticed it ("The Shattering of the Theological Spectrum," C&C, September 30, 1963), but the years since have borne him out. At the American Theological Society’s plenary session last …

Politically Feeble Churches and the Strategic Imperative

Article by James A. Nash

In seminary I read certain biblical stories not only for their theological significance but also for their strategic value in political action. I couldn’t resist the temptation to do strategic exegesis; for example, of Nathan’s manipulating David into condemning himself, of St. Paul’s flattering defense before King Agrippa, of Micaiah’s gutsy predictions to King Ahab, …

Reformation Today

Article by Frederick Herzog

Reformation today is an issue raised every now and then among Protestants. Is not the church always in need of Reformation? Are we not heirs of an “unfinished Reformation”? The 500th anniversary celebration of Martin Luther’s birth is November 10, 1983. Meanwhile, Luther birthday celebrations are being planned everywhere in Protestantism — some very official …