THE POLITICS OF THE GOSPEL by Jean-Marie Paupert

THE POLITICS OF THE GOSPEL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The Politics of the Gospel, as the title implies, is a defense of the thesis that religion and politics do, in fact, mix, and that the religious man should feel as much at home in the forum as in the church. M. Paupert begins by examining the political context of Jesus' life and his teachings on wealth and violence. The second part of the book is an historical excursus on the evolution of ""evangelical politics"" from the era of the primitive Church through the age of revolution. The final section is an application of the principles of Christian political action to modern times. There is nothing new here. M. Paupert's purpose is simply to define and delineate systematically a position long held by even moderately progressive Catholic thinkers and put into practice by even moderately progressive Catholic priests and laymen. He accomplishes it with clarity and intelligence, touching on, in a particularly interesting way, some of the latterday and rather too enthusiastic applications of that thesis, such as the concept of a ""just violence."" Good reading for Catholic activists, and a desirable acquisition for Catholic libraries.

Pub Date: June 12th, 1969
Publisher: Holt, Rinehart & Winston