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Comparative Theology (Within Historical Orthodoxy)

This is an experimental page with links to books comparing different Christian Traditions

Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism

Nassif, Bradley; Stamoolis,  James J. Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism (2004) ( Read on-line )  The authors are asking the question "Is Eastern Orthodoxy compatible with Evangelicalism?" There are three general answers: yes, no,and maybe. The book shows how Michael Horton, Vladimir Berzonsky, George Hancock-Stefan, Edward Rommen,  Bradley Nassif and James Stamoolis answer those questions and show how the two traditions compare to each other.

Comparison between Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism and Protestantism - A fare try to compare the three traditions on 19 different subjects

Pelikan, Jaroslav. Divine rhetoric: the Sermon on the mount as message and a model in Augustine, Chrysostom and Luther (Read on-line)

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Modern Theology
  • The Political Ecology of Dignity: Human Dignity and the Inevitable Returns of Animality
    Human dignity names a two-tier political ecology: one moral-political community whose members bear a special status of inviolability, and another larger community where violence and degradation are routine. Because ecological relations are never uni-directional, the routinized violence that “belongs” in interactions with nonhuman animals returns, normalizing violence across gendered, racialized, and politicized lines of human difference. An account of dignity that begins from creaturely vulnerability rather than anthropological exceptionalism not only better expresses key theological insights of the Christian tradition, it also resists the repressed and disavowed violence generated by prevalent accounts of dignity.
  • Beyond Political Theology and its Liquidation: From Theopolitical Monotheism to Trinitarianism
    One of the central theological challenges facing Erik Peterson was to help the mid-twentieth century Catholic Church define its relationship with the wider world. He responded by advancing a distinctive understanding of the ‘polis.’ In this essay, I critically analyze Peterson's central and perhaps best known proposal about how the Church ought to negotiate the modern world — encapsulated in his expression, the ‘liquidation of political theology.’ I contend that Peterson's proposal is not congruent with a right understanding of patristic trinitarian monarchy, although a view that stands in sharp contrast to that of Carl Schmitt. Notwithstanding the effectiveness of Peterson's critique of Schmitt's political theology, I argue that Peterson nonetheless fails in his exposition of the thought of Gregory of Nazianzus and therefore in his interpretation of the role of the Church in what we have learned to call the ‘political’ and the ‘social.’ I conclude by outlining several ways that the Church today might take up the challenge of regaining a truly political thought, a new ekklesioteia, nourished by the monarchy of the triune God.
  • Commonwealth and Covenant: Economics, Politics and Theologies of Relationality by Marcia Pally (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2016), + 419 pp.