"Defining revolution is as difficult as defining 'religion' or 'secularity' -- words, focal in manty debates in the previous volumes in this series. Most of the authors represented here give at least functional definitions appropriate to their arguments and some of them ... at least begin to be systematic in their attempts. ... Here it is important to note only some common threads running throughout these essays. For the Christian, revolution is born not merely in response to the empirical world but in the effort to follow the 'eschatological' note imparted by biblical witness. .... The second motif, is based on discontent with the world as it is, with the tradition that has been handed down. For Christians this involves acceptance of the churches' guilt in establishing the no longer humanizing status quo. .... That leaves one big question, and in some sense or other all the essays in this book deal with it: how bring aboout change ? As Christians or simply as men ? Violently or nonviolently ?" -- p. 10-11.
Contents: Theology and Revolution -- I: The Groundwork of Theologians -- Biblical Theology Today / J. Christiaan Beker -- From Anxiety to Responsibility: The Shifting Focus of Theological Reflection / Thomas W. Ogletree -- Toward a Political Hermeneutics of the Gospel / Jurgen Moltmann -- II: The Theory of Revolution: Pro and Con -- A Christian Looks at Revolution / George Celestin -- Ecumenical Theory of Revolution / J.M. Lochman -- Christian Faith as Scandal in a Technocratic World / Richard Shaull -- A Theology of Rebellion / Rolland F. Smith -- Marx and Religion: An Impossible Marriage / Louis Dupré -- III: The Practice of Revolution: Theological Reflection: a. Race -- The Afro-American Past / Vincent Harding -- Martin Luther King: Unsung Theologian / Herbert Warren Richardson -- b. Peace and Conscience -- The Foundations and Meaning of Christian Pacifism / Hans-Werner Bartsch -- Revolutionary Faithfulness / R.W. Tucker -- Vietnam: Crisis of Conscience / Robert McAfee Brown -- c. The Church -- Gospel and Revolution / 16 Bishops of the 3rd World -- England's Troubles and the Catholic Left / Desmond Fennell -- The Free Church Movement in Contemporary Catholicism / Rosemary Ruether.