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The Church, Authority, and Foucault


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1 The Church and the problem of sovereign power

2 Under Foucault's gaze: the subject, freedom, and the power-knowledge concept

3 The concept of authority: guardians, gossip, and the sovereign exception

4 The spell of monarchy and the sacralization of obedience

5 The Church as an open space of freedom

6 New spaces and the imagination

7 Bearing the lightning of possible storms: critique, space, imagination, wisdom


"The book is thoroughly researched and closely argued. It requires, but also rewards, a close reading. Some readers will find themselves pushed far outside their comfort zones, but this is a sign of a book worth struggling with. It is a struggle that may leave us as a Church limping, but also empower us to cross over with confidence into a place of renewal. This book shows Stephen Ogden to be one of our most exciting and provocative contemporary Australian theologians. All Australian Anglicans should read it." - Duncan Reid, The Melbourne Anglican, September 2017

"It is very often the 'slim volumes' that most daringly and effectively carry the charge of provocative new ideas. This new book... both promises and threatens to fill just this role. It is a serious and carefully thought out critique of the culture of the Anglican Church of Australia and its agencies." - Duncan Reid, Trinity College Theological School, Melbourne in Pacifica Featured in the The Christian Humanist's podcast, Christian Humanist Profiles 114

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