A book by Luke Bretherton , associate professor of theological ethics at Duke Divinity School and senior fellow at the Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke, has been selected to the shortlist of books for the Michael Ramsey Prize for theological writing.
The book, Christianity and Contemporary Politics: The Conditions and Possibilites of Faithful Witness , was published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2010.
Through insightful case studies of faith-based organizations, Christian political activism, and welfare provision in the West, this innovative, informative, and wide-ranging book shows how Christians can engage politically in a multi-faith, liberal democracy. The case studies include assessments of initiatives such as community organizing, fair trade, and the sanctuary movement.
Established by Archbishop Rowan Williams in 2005, the prize aims to encourage the most promising contemporary theological writing and to identify it for a wider readership. It is awarded to the author of a theological work who is judged to contribute most toward advancing theology and making a lasting contribution to the faith and life of the church.
The shortlist is chosen from numerous titles nominated by a diverse reference group including bishops and other Christian leaders from a variety of denominations, academics, and members of the public.
"As in previous years, we have a broad variety of books submitted for the prize, all of them displaying the creative qualities we are looking for,” said Williams. “Once again, the Michael Ramsey Prize shows that accessible theological writing of high quality is in good supply.”
The judges include Sarah Coakley, Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge; Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum; and Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury.
The $16,000 prize will be awarded at The Telegraph Hay Festival  in Britain on May 2013. The biennial prize commemorates Michael Ramsey, who was archbishop of Canterbury from 1961-1974, and his commitment to increasing the breadth of theological understanding among the Christian, non-Christian, and the public.
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