A Future for Socialism? Political Theology and the "Triumph of Capitalism."
The book has four parts. The first introduces political theology. W. breaks no new ground and makes no attempt to respond to the serious exegetical or methodological debates presently surrounding political/liberation theologies. The last part, "Concluding Theological Reflections," proves more an exhortation to Christian socialism than a theological argument for it. The middle two parts comprise the body and most valuable contributions of the book. Part 2 questions the naive tendency to identify the moral-political failure of Soviet communism with a moral-economic "triumph of capitalism." W. delivers a nuanced critique of both systems. He concludes that, from a Christian perspective, capitalism cannot be regarded as a "triumph." Part 3 provides an interesting, fast-paced historical overview of the broad movement called socialism. W. distinguishes it from communism, traces the Christian and atheistic antagonisms that have shaped it from its origins, and scans its wide variety of incarnations.
On the whole, the book is evenhanded, provocative and readable. Although limited in scope and depth, it could serve well as a text in a college or seminary course on the relationship of Christianity to political-economic realities.
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|Author:||Burke, Kevin F.|
|Article Type:||Book Review|
|Date:||Jun 1, 1997|
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