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The borders of baptism : identities, allegiances, and the Church /
Michael L. Budde.
imprint
Eugene, Or. : Cascade Books, c2011.
description
viii, 195 p. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1610971353, 9781610971355 (pbk.)
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Book
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imprint
Eugene, Or. : Cascade Books, c2011.
isbn
1610971353
9781610971355 (pbk.)
catalogue key
8345587
 
Includes bibliographical references.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Michael L. Budde is Professor of Political Science and Catholic Studies at DePaul University, where he is also Senior Research Scholar in the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology. He is the author of numerous books on ecclesiology and society, including Christianity Incorporated.
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Appeared in Choice on 2012-01-01:
Budde (DePaul Univ.) presents a case for "ecclesial solidarity," which he defines as the transnational unity of Christians rooted in baptism that transcends all other divisions and takes priority in the ordering of their lives as believers. Citing numerous biblical references to the church as community, he argues for reclamation of the integrity and distinctiveness of the church. He laments that the claims of the Christian faith have been spiritualized and sundered in favor of the claims of patriotism, race, ethno-national solidarity, capitalism, and divisions within the church itself and calls for reform. After an introductory description of his position and critical assessments of several similar efforts, the author addresses specific challenges to the integrity of the church in successive chapters. His most perceptive chapters consider race, immigration, the propriety of corporate practices in church management, and the tension between loyalty to church and loyalty to state. His criticisms of positions other than his own do not always appear to be fully balanced. Critics will also observe that ample scriptural and historical evidence documents the fact that the author's ideal has never been realized; however; his challenge deserves thoughtful consideration by Christian people and churches. Summing Up: Recommended. Lower- and upper-level undergraduates, general readers, and practitioners. S. C. Pearson emeritus, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
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Main Description
It's a simple claim, really - that for Christians, being a Christian should be their primary allegiance and identity. For those who proclaim Jesus as Lord, this identity should supersede all others, and this loyalty should trump all lesser ones. It may be a simple claim, but it is a controversial one for many people, Christians and non-Christians alike. The Borders of Baptism uses the idea of solidarity among Christians as a lens through which to view politics, economics, and culture. It offers Christians a fresh perspective capable of moving beyond sterile and dead-end debates typical of debates on issues ranging from immigration and race to war, peace, and globalization. The Borders of Baptism invites Christians of all traditions to reflect on the theological and political implications of first being a Christian in a world of rival loyalties. It invites readers to see what it might mean to be members of a community broader than the largest nation-state; more pluralistic than any culture in the world; more deeply rooted in the lives of the poor and marginalized than any revolutionary movement; and more capable of exemplifying the notion of ;e pluribus unum' than any empire past, present, or future.
Main Description
It's A Simple Claim, Really-That For Christians, "Being A Christian" Should Be There Primary Allegiance and Identity. For those who proclaim Jesus as Lord, this identity should supersede all others, and this loyalty should trump all lesser ones. It may be a simple claim, but it is a controversial one for many people, Christians and non-Christians alike. The Borders of Baptism uses the idea of solidarity among Christians as a lens through which to view politics, economics, and culture. It offers Christians a fresh perspective capable of moving beyond sterile and dead-end debates typical of debates on issues ranging from immigration and race to war, peace, and globalization. The Borders of Baptism invites Christians of all traditions to reflect on the theological and political implications of first "being a Christian" in a world of rival loyalties. It invites readers to see what it might mean to be members of a community broader than the largest nation-state; more pluralistic than any culture in the world; more deeply rooted in the lives of the poor and marginalized than any revolutionary movement; and more capable of exemplifying the notion of e pluribus unum than any empire past, present, or future. Book jacket.
Main Description
Synopsis: It's a simple claim, really - that for Christians, "being a Christian" should be their primary allegiance and identity. For those who proclaim Jesus as Lord, this identity should supersede all others, and this loyalty should trump all lesser ones. It may be a simple claim, but it is a controversial one for many people, Christians and non-Christians alike. The Borders of Baptism uses the idea of solidarity among Christians as a lens through which to view politics, economics, and culture. It offers Christians a fresh perspective capable of moving beyond sterile and dead-end debates typical of debates on issues ranging from immigration and race to war, peace, and globalization. The Borders of Baptism invites Christians of all traditions to reflect on the theological and political implications of first "being a Christian" in a world of rival loyalties. It invites readers to see what it might mean to be members of a community broader than the largest nation-state; more pluralistic than any culture in the world; more deeply rooted in the lives of the poor and marginalized than any revolutionary movement; and more capable of exemplifying the notion of;e pluribus unum' than any empire past, present, or future. Endorsements: "Contemporary Catholic and Protestant ethics are rather divided on the significance of the renewed focus on Christian identity in theology. Whatever side one is on, Michael Budde's The Borders of Baptism is essential reading. Budde's vision of ecclesial solidarity is stunning, moving the discussion beyond platitudes and slogans to both argue for and display the practices necessary for Christians who wish to take seriously their baptismal commitment." -John Berkman Lupina Centre for Spirituality, Healthcare and Ethics "What would it look like if Christians took their baptisms and baptismal vows seriously, not just in so-called 'spiritual' matters, but in every aspect of life? With his usual wit and clarity Michael Budde shows us some of the ways that baptism intersects with issues of immigration, race, national identity, class, and globalization. A must read for those who take ecclesial solidarity and discipleship as their defining loyalty." -Barry Harvey Baylor University Author Biography: Michael L. Budde is Professor of Political Science and Catholic Studies at DePaul University, where he is also Senior Research Scholar in the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology. He is the author of numerous books on ecclesiology and society, including Christianity Incorporated.
Table of Contents
Introductory Concepts on Ecclesial Solidarity
Ad Extra: Ecclesial Solidarity and Other Allegiancesp. 3
Ad Intra: Ecclesial Solidarity and World Christianityp. 24
Examining the Hard Cases through an Ecclesial Lens
Global Identity: How Not to Proceedp. 45
National Identity: Family, Nation, and Discipleshipp. 67
Border Crossings: Immigration through an Ecclesiological Lensp. 77
Mapping the Maps: A Christian Guide to Christian Guides to Politicsp. 90
Race to Divide: The Limits and Hopes of Ecclesial Formationp. 107
Whose Communion? Globalization, Solidarity, and Communionp. 128
Which Rationality? Corporate Practices and the Churchp. 139
Treason and Allegiance: Martyrs, Anti-Martyrs, and the Gospelp. 162
The Borders of Baptism: Formation and the Custodians of Deathp. 180
Bibliographyp. 189
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