The Politics of God: Christian Theologies and Social Justice, Thirtieth Anniversary Edition


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About the Author

Kathryn Tanner is Frederick Marquand Professor of Systematic Theology at Yale Divinity School. She is the author of numerous books, including Jesus, Humanity, and the Trinity; Economy of Grace; Theories of Culture; and Christianity and the New Spirit of Capitalism.


Kathryn Tanner's exceptional analytical skill and theological acumen continue, now in the crucial theological questions of social justice. An acute and important study. --David Tracy, University of Chicago

The Politics of God is a superb melding of philosophy and theology . . . a substantively dense book that challenges the mind and encourages the spirit. --The Christian Century

Tanner grounds her progressive political beliefs in traditional, rather than radical or liberation, theology. She finds traditional theology more open to self-criticism; views of a transcendent God provide correctives that views of an immanent God cannot; and traditional theology does not usurp the place of sociopolitical analysis as revisionist theology sometimes does. --Library Journal

Kathryn Tanner has joined the company of those theologians who, like Karl Barth, recognize that in the end 'all theology is practical. . . .' --Theology Today

Kathryn Tanner's The Politics of God clearly and forcefully addresses Christian beliefs and practices about God and the world. Consistently applying the art of internal critique, Tanner offers a reconstruction of Christian tradition as a prophetic challenge to the political status quo. --Rebecca Chopp, Emory University

Kathryn Tanner is an immensely thoughtful philosopher of religion whose commitment to justice is evident in The Politics of God. --Journal of Church and State

By pursuing an 'internal' rather than 'totalistic' critique of traditional Christian beliefs, [Tanner] seeks to expose their progressive potential, all while conceding that Christian theologies historically have legitimated and masked injustice through appeals to this or that 'divinely ordained' social hierarchy. --The Thomist

[Tanner] shows convincingly that within the Christian doctrinal tradition there are rich and authentic resources for a radical stance in the public realm. --Journal of Theological Studies