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The Eye Of The Needle

Author: Jon Sobrino
Publisher: Darton Longman and Todd
ISBN: 9780232527391
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In this powerful book the great Latin American theolgian Jon Sobrino shows that global capitalism is driven by a cruel dynamic of oppression and greed, which inevitably dehumanises people, destroys the human family, and threatens mother earth. He argues it is the poor who, paradoxically, offer the only way to salvation for the World. We must work for a new civilisation that will give everyone access to material and cultural goods that make for a truly human life.

Liberation Through Reconciliation

Author: O. Ernesto Valiente
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 082326887X
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War, oppression, and injustice define reality for vast numbers of the world's people. In the last one hundred years alone, more that 200 million people have been killed as a consequence of systematic repression, political revolutions, ethnic or religious war. The legacy of such violence lingers long after the immediate conflict subsides, often begetting subsequent waves of conflict well before any real and lasting reconciliation has taken place. Drawing on the experiences of his native El Salvador, the author puts the insights of Latin American liberation theology in service of a systematic study of reconciliation. This first book-length study to propose a liberationist theology of reconciliation builds on Jon Sobrino's Christology to construct a Christian discipleship inspired by Jesus' merciful praxis and the eschatological values of God's Kingdom. This spirituality prioritizes the contribution of the victims in the process of reconciliation and envisions a Christian praxis that upholds both the need for personal forgiveness and the social restoration of justice without favoring one value at the expense of the other. The book urges Christians to follow the structure of Jesus' life and to engage conflicted reality with the same spirit of honesty, fidelity, and trust that empowered his life. In turn, this reconciling spirituality sets the foundations for a theology of reconciliation from a liberationist perspective: one that is rooted in God's revealed truth, mercy, and justice. This thorough effort to offer the insights of Christian Liberation theology to the struggle for social reconciliation brings a fresh and vital vision to the urgent and necessary discussion of social reconciliation.

Truth Community And The Prophetic Voice

Author: Christopher J. Libby
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1498551467
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In this book, Libby retrieves the moral and theological vision of the biblical prophets in light of contemporary judgments regarding the epistemological significance of community and concerns about the nature of truth.

Transforming Faith Communities

Author: Michael Ian Bochenski
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1621895971
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Transforming Faith Communities argues for a model of being church that combines congregationalism with a constructive approach to church-state relationships. Congregationalism within a vision for a renewed Christendom is commended here as a viable option for Christian mission in the twenty-first-century world. In making this case, two movements are explored--those inspired by sixteenth-century Anabaptism and late twentieth-century Latin American liberation theology. Each movement is held up as a mirror to the other. A continuing vision for the transformation of church and society emerges from this book as a number of contemporary resonances begin to sound. These include an outline of some likely common features in the development of radical religious communities, an examination of some of the factors that create world-affirming Christian faith communities, and many examples of effective and constructive engagement with church and society across the centuries.

Joseph Tuckerman And The Outdoor Church

Author: Jedediah Mannis
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 163087809X
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Joseph Tuckerman and the Outdoor Church is about the Rev. Joseph Tuckerman, a Unitarian minister who created and led a street ministry in Boston, Massachusetts, between 1826 and 1839 at the behest of his friend and college roommate, William Ellery Channing. Because of Tuckerman's innovative approach to encountering and helping the poor people he met near the Boston wharves, he is considered the father of American social work as well as a prescient, dedicated, and socially active minister whose work led directly to the Social Gospel Movement. The book examines and interprets Tuckerman's theology and ministry of outreach in light of the author's experience as pastor of the Outdoor Church of Cambridge, Inc., an outdoor ministry to homeless men and women in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Outdoor Church offers prayer services and pastoral assistance outdoors in all seasons and all weather in order to be accessible to chronically homeless men and women who, because of shame or embarrassment, hostility or illness, cannot or will not enter conventional churches. Joseph Tuckerman and the Outdoor Church is a unique and gripping look at a radically innovative nineteenth-century minister through the prism of the actual application of his thinking and his example to an ongoing ministry to the chronically homeless men and women of Cambridge.

A Materialism For The Masses

Author: Ward Blanton
Publisher: Columbia University Press
ISBN: 0231536453
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Nietzsche and Freud saw Christianity as metaphysical escapism, with Nietzsche calling the religion a "Platonism for the masses" and faulting Paul the apostle for negating more immanent, material modes of thought and political solidarity. Integrating this debate with the philosophies of difference espoused by Gilles Deleuze, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, and Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ward Blanton argues that genealogical interventions into the political economies of Western cultural memory do not go far enough in relation to the imagined founder of Christianity. Blanton challenges the idea of Paulinism as a pop Platonic worldview or form of social control. He unearths in Pauline legacies otherwise repressed resources for new materialist spiritualities and new forms of radical political solidarity, liberating "religion" from inherited interpretive assumptions so philosophical thought can manifest in risky, radical freedom.

Radical Religion

Author: Benjamin J. Pauli
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The political Left has had a turbulent relationship with religion, from outright hostility to attempts to meld religious faith with progressivism. Confronted with contemporary social ills, the progressive Left continues to disagree about the role that religion should play, whether in understanding social challenges and solutions, or stimulating social critique and reform. Radical Religion presents valuable insights, from both religious and secular perspectives, for progressives today as they struggle to formulate a coherent agenda and effective strategies for social change. This book presents arguments from a diverse group of scholars, and offers a snapshot of contemporary, progressive thinking about religion.

Catholicism In Social And Historical Contexts

Author: Curt Cadorette
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This introduction to Catholicism traces the evolution of a global religious movement and institution as it has shaped and been shaped by social and historical contexts.

Meaning And History In Systematic Theology

Author: John Daniel Dadosky
ISBN: 9780874627459
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"This Festschrift is written in honor of theologian and philosopher Robert Doran, one of the most creative and important Lonergan scholars working today. His magnum opus, Theology and the Dialectics of History (1990), integrated his reworking of depth psychology into a theory of history that serves as a foundation not only for systematic theology, but also for interdisciplinary collaboration. It relies on Lonergan's seminal contribution to the reversal of the post-Enlightenment crisis of meaning, that is, his emphasis on the subject's intelligent and responsible self-appropriation as the foundation of epistemology, metaphysics, and human collaboration. Doran's achievement is a profound development of this work, and it provides fecund ground that enables Lonergan's legacy to make itself felt across the humanities, the human sciences, and beyond. The range of contributions contained in this volume points to the immense significance of Doran's work, and they cover topics as varied as communication studies, critical-history, depth psychology, pastoral theology, philosophy, religious diversity, and systematic theology. These different concentrations ensure that this collection of essays is of use to readers who are curious about the relevance of Lonergan's critical-realism to a breadth of scholarly disciplines. It is also of acute interest to established scholars who are well aware of the merits of Doran's contributions to Lonergan Studies, and who wish to gain an understanding of the directions in which his work is being both employed and developed."--Publisher's website.