A quick note to let people know that my book, Christ, Power and Mammon is now relatively more affordable, the paperback edition just having been released in December. You can “look inside” at Amazon or find it through the publisher’s website here.
Since I never took the chance to do so, allow me to share the generous endorsements I received from some incredibly respectable theologians:
This is not only a book that illumines the work of Barth and Yoder by comparing their understanding of ‘the powers’. Perhaps more significantly, Prather painstakingly elucidates the hold that these powers have on our lives, once money is recognised in these terms. Prather has thus managed to combine elegant scholarship with substantive argument to help us see redemption in a new light.
Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Divnity and Law, Duke University
“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
There is a growing literature that brings together the theologies of Barth and Yoder, usually by focusing on Christology. Scott Thomas Prather makes a perceptive and powerfully argued addition to this literature by focusing on something that pervades Yoder’s theology and is harder to dig out of Barth–the dogmatic function of the principalities and powers.
Gary Dorrien, Reinhold Niebuhr Professor of Social Ethics, Union Theological Seminary