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Public Spirit

Connecting Citizenship and Discipleship in a Global Era



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"Public Spirit" argues a case for the Christian to work with diverse neighbours for the common good and in critical solidarity with liberal democracy. This book is for Christians and fellow-citizens concerned about the crisis of public life in the West - including voter apathy and alienation from democratic politics, the rise of extremism and clashing identities, and the turbulent new world order of globalisation. It argues the case for being public-spirited citizens, and explores its Christian sources for the twenty-first century. Drawing on the author's experience in devolved Scotland, and interviews with post-apartheid South African public leaders, "Public Spirit" argues a presently unfashionable case for the Christian as 'the neighbourhood saint', working with diverse neighbours for the common good and in critical solidarity with liberal democracy.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Chapter 1 The Citizen's Gift: on being public-spirited citizens; Chapter 2 A Civic Pentecost: the guiding Spirit in global times; Chapter 3 Neighbourhood Saints: re-connecting church and civic identity; Chapter 4 Public Temple: the congregation as public-spirited space; Chapter 5 Civil Society: Christians as public-spirited citizens; Chapter 6 Common Cause: re-connecting citizens and churches.

Author Biography

William Storrar is Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology, and Director of the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, in the University of Edinburgh.
Release date NZ
March 28th, 2013
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
T.& T.Clark Ltd
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