Renewing Political Affections

Joshua Hordern

in Political Affections

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646814
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191744181 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics

Renewing Political Affections

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Chapter 5 describes local churches' role in the renewal of localised, affective, political wisdom. By attending to ecclesiology and specific UK-based theologians, it is argued that Habermas' description of religious groups' transmission of moral insight to the political level misrepresents both social trust and churches' capacity to meet the trust deficit. Instead, the Lutheran notion of transposition is adapted to describe churches' vocation through faith and intersubjective hopeful joy both to address the deficit and challenge political loyalties. The chapter explores how, through grace, mediated by word and sacraments, churches share politically in the sufferings and resurrection power of Christ. This is contrasted with Hauerwas' account of formation and the sacraments as quasi-Aristotelian practices. Instead, the Spirit weaves justified people into Christ, preserving trust and consensus and the public affections of Spirit-filled local churches, whose praises renew the sources of attachment, are reckoned vital to the renewal of civic participation.

Keywords: transmission; faith; churches; trust; sacraments; praise; Spirit; Luther; Hauerwas

Chapter.  18444 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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