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Theology of TransformationFaith, Freedom, and the Christian Act$
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Oliver Davies

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685950

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685950.001.0001

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Christian Politics

Christian Politics

Universalism and Communion

(p.226) 9 Christian Politics
Theology of Transformation

Oliver Davies

Oxford University Press

Here the contemporary engagement St Paul as political actor is reviewed against the background of the work of Breton and Taubes. It is argued that St Paul does emerge as a figure of universalism, which is decisively though uniquely political, but that it is rooted in the religious transformation of his embodied life. The Christian Politics of Protest, Listening and Giving are explored as pointing to a dynamic unity of receiving and giving. It is argued that an understanding of the anthropology of faith as evidenced in St Paul opens up the possibility of a ‘global’ account of the human and that this can be a contribution of Christian tradition. By analogy with technology which ‘works’ as evidencing the validity of scientific arguments, the enormous influence of St Paul similarly attests to the validity of his judgment as specifically shaped by the Holy Spirit and encounter with the living Christ.

Keywords:   Christian politics, St Paul, universalism, Alain Badiou, Stanislas Breton, Georgio Agamben, Jacob Taubes, universal particularity, fine-tuning, universal anthropology

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