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The Politics of Discipleship: Becoming Postmaterial Citizens

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Internationally acclaimed theologian Graham Ward is well known for his thoughtful engagement with postmodernism. This volume, the fourth in The Church and Postmodern Culture series, offers an engaging look at the political nature of the postmodern world.
In the first section, "The World," Ward considers "the signs of the times" and the political nature of contemporary post
Paperback, 320 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Baker Academic
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Ward's goal in this book is to develop a Christian "theological imaginary" (think worldview, kind of) that "might modify and transform aspects of that civic imaginary that is so antithetical to Christian living today" (17). The first half of the book is an analysis of that civic imaginary, the world we live in, and the second half builds a view of the church within that world that will lead to discipleship.

That first half of the book consists of chapters on democracy, where Ward looks at how we
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It is a really interesting book to read. It was neat to have a clue on postdemocracy.
Clear thesis, dogged analysis, imaginative application. Ward takes the grammar of 'the world' and 'the church' through several cycles of economic and theological critique. The result is a work touched by the blarney stone of postmodern jargon, but nevertheless, a work that provides a political (and not polite, as Ward reminds us often) imaginary for faithful discipleship in the milieu we find ourselves.
Wow. Wow. Wow. Great read so far, particularly the first half dealing with "the world".
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