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Becoming a Christian in Christendom: Radical Discipleship and the Way of the Cross in America's Christian Culture

Becoming a Christian in Christendom: Radical Discipleship and the Way of the Cross in America's Christian Culture (Paperback)

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How might one live the Christian faith within a culture that idealizes and privileges Christianity while also relativizing it, rendering it redundant and innocuous? Arguing for a reconceptualization of the theology of the cross and radical communal practices, this book brings together two clusters of critics of Christian acculturation and accommodation: (1) Lutherans such as Kierkegaard and Bonhoeffer who lift up radical discipleship against the propensity toward "cheap grace," and (2) various "Anti-Constantinians," including nee-monastic communities, who resists the church's collusion with power politics, symbolized by the conversion of Constantine in the early fourth century. Mahn provocatively imagines alternatives to conventional Christianity - ones whereby the church embodies an alternative politic, where it commits to cruciform non-violence, appreciates gifts by giving them away, and knows its boundaries well enough to learn from those on the other side.

Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsChristianityChristian theology Publisher: Fortress Press,U.S. Publication Date: 24/10/2016 ISBN-13: 9781451469271  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jason A. Mahn is associate professor and chair of religion at Augustana College, Rock Island, IL. He earned a PhD in theology at Emory University and is the author of Fortunate Fallibility: Kierkegaard and the Power of Sin (2011).

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