This book examines the role of the New Testament concept of the “principalities and powers” in the thought of Karl Barth and John Howard Yoder, showing how this biblical concept of power is central to the fundamental theological convictions of each thinker.
Scott Prather offers a scholarly account of the underexplored theological and ethical import of a major biblical theme and addresses questions and concerns from a wide range of academic and lay theological interest. He brings Barth and Yoder into dialogue here and examines the three crucial areas: the “confessional” distinction of church and world, the demonization of political power, and the intrinsic relation between the political and economic powers.
While other theologians have rightly identified a “Christocentric” connection between the thought of Barth and Yoder, this is the first endeavor to bring them together through the sustained analysis of a single doctrinal or ethical issue.
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This intensely reflective and ethically focused interpretation of the ‘theology of the powers’ within the work of Barth and Yoder addresses a central, albeit almost hidden, theological topic in its importance for any public agenda of Christian ethics. Scott Prather’s book presents anew the biblical tradition and the whole range of key questions and discernments disclosing a theological awareness of ‘the powers’ and a critique of their dominance in capitalism and political ideologies. This book is a real guide for the theologically grounded resistance of Christians against any socio-political structures claiming authority in and for themselves.
—Hans Ulrich, professor emeritus of ethics, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg