From within the Anglican Church comes a new book exploring the nature of church in light of what some prominent philosophers, particularly Foucault, have to say about power.
Author and theologian Steven Ogden is an Adelaide parish priest and research fellow at Charles Sturt University’s Centre for Public and Contextual Theology.
It’s a timely investigation.
We see around us the outworking of the power and power imbalance that has mired many churches in child sexual abuse and ruined many victim’s lives. We see continued reluctance among some church groups to genuinely seek redress for their victims (and a flawed political scheme trying to ensure they do). Overseas we see nationalists and churches work hand-in-hand to persecute vulnerable minorities.
Those who still find relevance in church and theology must dare to hope there is a future for the Churches beyond these obscene distortions of the religious impulse. The Church, Authority, and Foucault: Imagining the Church as an Open Space of Freedom may be a step towards hope.
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