Ashland University Religion Professor Publishes Ninth Book

Ashland University Religion Professor Publishes Ninth Book

12/15/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Craig Hovey, associate professor of religion and executive director of the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, has published his ninth book, titled “The Cambridge Companion to Christian Political Theology.” He is co-editor of the volume that includes 14 essays, including his own contribution on “Liberalism and Democracy.”

Published by Cambridge University Press, the book addresses the recent surge in political theology in recent years. The volume provides a focused overview of the field.

“Political theology is a really hot topic these days,” Hovey said. “Today, a lot of people are asking serious questions about religious faith in secular societies, the origin and function of democratic politics, worldwide economic challenges, the shift of Christianity's center of gravity to the global south, and anxieties related to bold and sometimes violent assertions of theologically determined political ideas,” Hovey said.

In the book’s 14 original essays, authors examine Christian political theology in order to clarify and understand the contemporary discourse of political theology, including some of its most important themes and issues.

According to Hovey, these essays also include up-to-date, critical engagements with historical figures like Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, and Immanuel Kant; discussions of how the Bible functions politically; and introductions to key movements such as liberation theology, Catholic social teaching, and radical orthodoxy.

Even though it is designed to be an invaluable resource for students and scholars in theology, Hovey said the Companion will also benefit those in other disciplines such as history, philosophy, and politics.

“Our goal was to go beyond summarizing and describing the material. We thought it was important to make critical and constructive contributions and also present arguments about sources, approaches and issues in the field rather than giving an encyclopedic introduction.”

Stanley Hauerwas of Duke University praised the book, saying, “The Cambridge Companion to Christian Political Theology promises to be a crucial work not only to establish the recent turn to political theology but also to chart a way forward. The volume is extraordinarily well-planned. And the authors selected will ensure that this will be a book widely used.”

The book is available for purchase at the Ashland University Bookstore or online at or your favorite bookstore.

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