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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press; 1st Edition edition (October 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0268038961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0268038960
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Aristotle Papanikolaou is professor of theology at Fordham University.


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This Review was originally Published in the Asbury Journal 69:1 and was written by Nathan Crawford. http://place.asburyseminary.edu/asburyjournal/vol69/iss1/17/

In his The Mystical as Political: Democracy and Non-Radical Orthodoxy, Aristotle Papanikolaou argues for a more positive attitude on the part of Christian theology in relation to liberalism and the liberal project. Papanikolaou wants to counter the critiques of liberalism put forward by those in the theological camps of Postliberalism (namely Stanley Hauerwas) and Radical Orthodoxy
(namely John Milbank), while also critiquing those Eastern Orthodox theologians that have been critical of Western liberalism. Instead, Papanikolaou mines his own Eastern Orthodox tradition to put forward an understanding of the political through a theology of divine-human communion.

The driving force behind The Mystical as Political is the doctrine of theosis. As Papanikolaou makes clear, this is a doctrine that is central to the Eastern Orthodox understanding of Christianity. However, he reorients the idea from becoming divine to the communion that takes place between the divine and human. With this in mind, he understands politics as the place that ensures
the possibility of making a choice for divine-human communion to take place, as well as the choice to reject it. Interestingly, the political has to keep open the possibility of the non-church in order for the church to rightly complete its task of witnessing to the Kingdom of God. The community that is distinct from the church, though, is still created by God and so contains a good internal within itself. It is with this goodness that the church and Christian theology seeks to build connections, living out the aspects of the
good internal to the “secular” community.
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4 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Ted G on November 8, 2012
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I wasn't able to put this book down. My views have totally changed. Can't wait for more of his stuff.
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2 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Gus K on November 20, 2012
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I have been waiting for Orthodox scholars to address the issues Papanikolaou raises in his work. A truly magnanimous man, his stuff is hot on the streets right now.
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