The Global Politics of Jesus: A Christian Case for Church-State Separation (Paperback)

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The Global Politics of Jesus: A Christian Case for Church-State Separation (Paperback)

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A unique, timely, and wide-ranging book that formulates and applies an ethic of Jesus to the realm of global politics.

Since the fourth century, Christians have wrestled with how they should interact with political authority. The most common view holds that while their ultimate loyalty rightfully belongs to God, Christians also have allegiance to their countries and a moral responsibility to transform their political systems. In The Global Politics of Jesus, Nilay Saiya provides a normative critique of this conventional view and advances an alternative approach. While it may seem natural for the church to fervently engage in political life and cultivate a close relationship with the state, Saiya argues that such beliefs result in a paradox of privilege. As he shows, when the church yields to the seduction of political power when enjoying the benefits of an alliance with the state, it struggles to adhere to its tenets, and when it resists the allure of state power, it does its best work. This unique and wide-ranging book examines the paradox of privilege in some of the most important areas of global
politics and considers its implications for the church itself.
Nilay Saiya is Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Global Affairs at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is author of Weapon of Peace: How Religious Liberty Combats Terrorism (2018).
Product Details ISBN: 9780197638842
ISBN-10: 0197638848
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication Date: June 24th, 2022
Pages: 368
Language: English