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The Spirit and the Common Good
Shared Flourishing in the Image of God

PAPERBACK; Published: 9/19/2019
ISBN: 978-0-8028-4385-2
Price: $ 51.99
272 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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A fresh vision of the common good through pnumatological lenses

Daniela C. Augustine, a brilliant emerging scholar, offers a theological ethic for the common good. Augustine develops a public theology from a theological vision of creation as the household of the Triune God, bearing the image of God in a mutual sharing of divine love and justice, and as a sacrament of the divine presence. 

The Spirit and the Common Good expounds upon the application of this vision not only within the life of the church but also to the realm of politics, economics, and care for creation. The church serves a priestly and prophetic function for society, indeed for all of creation. This renewed vision becomes the foundation for constructing a theological ethic of planetary flourishing in and through commitment to a sustainable communal praxis of a shared future with the other and the different.

While emphatically theological in its approach, The Spirit and the Common Good engages readers with insights from political philosophy, sociology of religion, economics, and ecology, as well as forgiveness/reconciliation and peacebuilding studies.

Society for Pentecostal Studies Pneuma Book of the Year Award (2020)
Frank D. Macchia
— Vanguard University
“Augustine's deeply provocative vision of the common good is not a secular theology but rather a theology of the sacred that illuminates the secular by the glow of God’s love for the other. Eucharistic communion offers us a vision of a world healed of the wounds of economic, political, and ecological injustice. Every page is rich with insight.”
Daniel Castelo
— Seattle Pacific University and Seminary
“In this creative, piercing, and wide-reaching work, Augustine argues that life in the Spirit is a life committed to the common good. That this claim is difficult to imagine for many who are committed to the Spirit's work of transformation shows how perilously truncated much pneumatological reflection is today. This book is sure to become a landmark in such areas as pneumatology, theological anthropology, and political theology for its constructive energy and penetrating insights.”