Justice, Unity, and the Hidden Christ
The Theopolitical Complex of the Social Justice Approach to Ecumenism in Vatican II
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"This represents a long-overdue critique of self-secularizing practices in post-conciliar Catholicism. Tan shows how conceptions of the autonomy of the secular have allowed Christian charitable works to be culturally outflanked in the secular sphere. He argues that if the ecclesiology of the church as chaplain to the capitalist order has relegated the body of Christ to merely a subsection of a public circumscribed by the state/society/market complex, then the body of Christ ought to be repositioned to become a public in its own right."
--Tracey Rowland, John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family
"Tan argues that the church must be embodied sacramentally as a 'public' in its own right--not a chaplain to society, but a wholesale alternative vision of society. Only within the context of such an alternative social order can projects of justice become meaningful Christian witness. This is an important and timely contribution to a theology of culture, and a provocative reassessment of the relation between word and deed in Christian witness."
--Benjamin Myers, Charles Sturt University, Sydney