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Author: Stuart Masters
During the 1650s, James Nayler was one of the most important leaders of the emerging Quaker movement in England and, arguably, its most effective preacher and writer. However, his legacy has been dominated by events that took place in the summer and autumn of 1656, leading to a conviction for blasphemy, brutal public punishment, and imprisonment. Official histories of Quaker beginnings portrayed him as a gifted, but flawed, character, who brought the Quaker movement into disrepute, and prompted a concern for corporate order. Scholarship during the past century has begun to question this received position. However, a continued preoccupation with his ‘fall’ has tended to overshadow interpretations of his writings. In this volume, Stuart Masters seeks to identify a number of important theological themes visible within Nayler’s works, and to locate them within their radical religious context. He argues that a powerful Christological vision at the heart of Nayler’s religious thought engendered a practical theology with radical political, economic, and ecological implications.
Co-edited by Shun-hing Chan and Jonathan Johnson, Citizens of Two Kingdoms examines the complex relationships of civil society, Christian organizations, and individual Christians in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau. Different authors investigate to what extent Christian organizations or individual Christians demonstrate the quality of civic virtues or virtual citizenship in the four regions, and reflect on the promises and difficulties of applying civil society theories to Chinese societies. Some authors focus their studies on the relationships in mainland China under the regime of Xi Jinping. Contributors include Richard Madsen, Zhidong Hao, Teresa Wright, Fredrik Fällman, Lauren F. Pfister, Lida V. Nedilsky, Mary Mee-Yin Yuen, Shun-hing Chan, Wen-ben Kuo, Yik-fai Tam, and Gerda Wielander.
In Fannie Lou Hamer’s Revolutionary Practical Theology Crozier acknowledges, analyses, and constructs the civil and human rights leader’s Christian thought and practice. Commonly known for her political activism, Hamer is presented as a religious thought leader whose embodiment of ideas and ideals helped to disrupt and transform the Jim Crow of the South within and beyond electoral politics.

Through primary source documents of Hamer’s oral history interviews, autobiographical writings, speeches, and multimedia publications on or about her life and legacy, Crozier allows Hamer to have her say on racial and environmental justice concerns. Crozier introduces Hamer as a revolutionary practical theologian who resided on the margins of the church, academy, and society.
Author: Mirella Klomp
In what is often considered ‘a society “after God”’, millions of Dutch participate annually in a public multi-media performance of Christ's Passion. What to make of this paradox? In Playing On: Re-staging the Passion after the Death of God, Mirella Klomp offers a theological analysis of this performance and those involved in it. Working in an interdisciplinary fashion and utilizing creative interludes, she demonstrates how precisely this production of Jesus' last hours carves out a new and unexpected space for God in a (post-)secular culture. Klomp argues compellingly that understanding God's presence in the Western world requires looking beyond the church and at the public domain; that is the future of practical theology. She lays out this agenda for practical theology by showing how the Dutch playfully rediscover Christian tradition, and – perhaps – even God.
Mit einem Vorwort von Heinrich Bedford-Strohm
Blick ins Buch

Welche und wie viele Flüchtlinge sollen wir aufnehmen? Über diese Frage wird eine überhitzte öffentliche Debatte geführt. Im Kern geht es um Interessenkonflikte zwischen Schutzsuchenden und Bevölkerungsgruppen in den Aufnahmeländern. In diesem Buch werden die konkurrierenden Ansprüche auf ihre moralische Stichhaltigkeit hin geprüft – und Lösungen vorgeschlagen.
Diskutiert wird die Frage, ob und wie wir Fluchtmöglichkeiten begrenzen dürfen – und ob es wirksame und moralisch akzeptable Alternativen zur Flüchtlingsaufnahme gibt. Schutzsuchende, deren Menschenrechte gefährdet sind, müssen wir aufnehmen. Jedenfalls solange dadurch unsere Fähigkeit nicht gefährdet wird, auch zukünftig wirksam für den Schutz der Menschenrechte einzutreten. Moralisch unabdingbar ist die Öffnung legaler und sicherer Zugangswege nach Europa und Nordamerika, damit Schutzsuchende ihre Rechte überhaupt geltend machen können. 1989 ist der Eiserne Vorhang zwischen Ost- und Westeuropa gefallen – gegen alle Erwartungen. Könnte das auch für die europäischen und nordamerikanischen Außengrenzen ein attraktives und erreichbares Ziel sein: Abrüstung und Durchlässigkeit statt Militarisierung und Abschottung?
Sozialwissenschaftliche und sozialethische Analysen
„Gemeinwohl“ (Common Good) galt über lange Zeit als eine Schlüsselkategorie christlicher Sozialethik. Diese Selbstverständlichkeit ist einem selbstkritischen Sozialkatholizismus sowohl in der Theorie als auch im politisch-ethischen Praxisbezug abhandengekommen. Ist der Appell an die Gemeinwohlverpflichtung mehr als ein diffuses und hilfloses Postulat? Lässt sich, zumal unter den Bedingungen globaler Verflechtungen und Abhängigkeiten, mit dieser Kategorie sozial-ethische Relevanz erzeugen? Wie verhält sich die Vorstellung einer sozialen Ganzheit zu der Pluralität von Vorstellungen des guten Lebens und zu der Vielheit von Interessen? Was legitimiert und welche Akteure tragen eine soziale Ordnung? Wie verhält sich eine Theorie des Gemeinwohls zu Theorien öffentlicher Güter (Commons) – angesichts internationaler Herausforderungen wie Migration, Klimapolitik, Welthandel oder Finanzmarktregulierung? Die Beiträge des Bandes gehen zurück auf die Jahrestagung 2019 der „Arbeitsgemeinschaft Christliche Sozialethik“, die der Frage nach dem „globalen Gemeinwohl“ gewidmet war.
Multiple forms of oppression, injustice, and violence today have roots in histories of colonialism. This connection to the past feels familiar for some and less relevant for others. Understanding and responding to these connections is more crucial than ever, yet some resist rather than face this task directly. Others resist oppressive postcolonial conditions.

Using intercultural stories and pastoral care scholarship, this book charts pathways through five resistances (not me, not here, not now, not relevant, not possible) to awaken creative pastoral care in a postcolonial world. McGarrah Sharp recommends practices that everyone can do: believing in each other, revisiting how histories are taught, imagining more passable futures, heeding prophetic poets, and crossing borders with healthy boundaries.
Engaging Practitioners in Research on Christian Practices
Author: Henk de Roest
Collaborative Practical Theology documents and analyses research on Christian practices conducted by academic practical theologians in collaboration with practitioners of different kinds in Christian practices all around the world. These practitioners include professional practitioners, everyday believers, volunteers and students in theological education. The book offers rationales for setting up joint investigation groups with different ‘communities of practice’, describes a wide range of collaborative research strategies and methods and also has a clear eye for their limitations. In Christian practices faith is mediated, enacted and nurtured. The aim of the book is to improve the utility of theological research on these practices. It communicates the vision that academic research is for the people of God in today’s world.
Christliche Sozialethik im Gespräch mit Maria Skobtsova, Dorothee Sölle und Chiara Lubich
Am Beginn des dritten Jahrtausends steht die Welt vor großen gesellschaftspolitischen Herausforderungen – vom Klimawandel über globale Gerechtigkeitsfragen bis hin zum erstarkenden Rechtspopulismus. Woher sind konstruktive Lösungsansätze zu erwarten? Drei aktuelle sozialethische Fragestellungen stehen im Zentrum: die umweltethisch geforderte Reduktion des Ressourcenverbrauchs angesichts einer ungehemmten Wachstumsökonomie, die Notwendigkeit universaler Solidarität in einer zum globalen Dorf zusammengewachsenen Welt und die Bedeutung echten interreligiösen Dialogs vor dem Hintergrund eines befürchteten clash of civilizations and religions.
This book is the first detailed academic study of megachurches in the UK. In particular, it explores the nature and significance of social engagement by megachurches in the context of London. The research contains empirical case studies of two Anglican and three African diaspora Pentecostal churches. As well as exploring the range of social engagement activities provided by these churches, the study offers explanations in term of theological motivations and the influence of globalisation. Subsequently, the book outlines the importance of the findings for the relationship between church and society in the contemporary context, addressing the implications for social policy and practice. The book advances discussions in public theology, megachurch studies, Pentecostal and Charismatic studies and ecclesiology.