Connecting Jesus to Social Justice: Classical Christology and Public Theology (Hardcover)
Many Christians see the societal dimension of their faith as a matter of biblical and social ethics. Returning to classical Christology, Connecting Jesus to Social Justice explores messianic potential in the Council of Chalcedon on the divine identity of Christ. Who Jesus is makes all the difference to Christian entrance into the public sphere on behalf of a just society. The Messiah's divinity bears on social mission directed toward a just social order. Theological appropriation of Chalcedon overcomes a gap between the professing the Creed and interpreting social existence in light of a just social order. Connecting Jesus to Social Justice argues a doctrinally traditional, orthodox basis for Christian participation in the public sphere on behalf of social justice. The book addresses a situation internal to churches in the U.S. from a Catholic perspective yet not without analogies in other churches and Christian movements. Applying traditional Christology to contemporary social mission solidifies an answer to adversarial queries on the appropriateness of a social agenda. Implications in the classical Christology also confirm churches and discipleship in commitment to social justice promoted through a subaltern counter-public and then by word and deed in the public sphere.
Thomas Hughson, SJ, PhD, is associate professor emeritus of theology at Marquette University. He is the author of The Believer as Citizen: John Courtney Murray in a New Context. Hughson has published many articles in such journals as the Journal of Church and State, Anglican Theological Review, Theological Studies, Ecclesiology, and One in Christ. He had a role in the launching of a society for the study of Anglicanism in the AAR.