She who is

The Mystery of God in Feminist Theological Discourse

Author: Elizabeth A. Johnson

Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780824519254

Category: Religion

Page: 316

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With a voice at once prophetic, poetic, and scholarly, Johnson shows how the traditional understanding of God as male can make room for the feminine God, and how the experience of women everywhere enriches our view of God and our spiritual lives.

Learning a New Language

Speech about Women and God

Author: Beverly Jane Phillips

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 0595367747

Category: Religion

Page: 164

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"Nothing we can ever say about God, no words, will ever be adequate to describe the burning mystery which is the Divine, but opening up the vocabulary to include feminine names and pronouns will bring a dimension to our understanding of God that has been tragically neglected.The idea of SHE WHO IS brings to bear all the loving, care-giving, wisdom-supplying richness of the female created in God's image. The reality of the feminine in God is an idea we must consider and wrestle with if justice for all is to be a reality in the world. We must learn a new language." (from Learning a New Language)

The Meaning of Christian Liturgy

Recent Developments in the Church of Sweden

Author: Oloph Bexell

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802868487

Category: Religion

Page: 177

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The Church of Sweden is the largest Lutheran church body in the world, with 6.5 million members that represent about 70% of the Swedish population. The Meaning of Christian Liturgy illuminates and explains the changes that have occurred in the liturgy of the Church of Sweden from 1980 to 2000. In the process, this volume asks a number of questions of immense importance not only within Sweden but also for Christian churches in the English-speaking world, including: How does participation in a liturgy make clear what "church" is about? What does liturgical participation say about who or what God is and about the community's encounter with God? How have churches lived with the changes and renewals introduced in the twentieth century? How does the church building shape worshipers' ideas of God and of church? Contributors: Torbjrn Axner Oloph Bexell Sven-Erik Brodd, Gordon W. Lathrop Karin Oljelund Boel Hssjer Sundman Gunnar Weman

Coram Deo

Human Life in the Vision of God

Author: Caryn D. Riswold

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630878316

Category: Religion

Page: 174

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In order to adequately address the issues of atonement and christology, we must understand how it is that we think about the relationship between God and the human being. The way in which we understand and interpret the life and death of Jesus and his role within that relationship then impacts our theology of the sacraments, particularly the eucharist. Further, the questions continue to confront and be confronted by my inescapable identity as a Lutheran Christian. I use the term 'inescapable' because I find myself working from and with theologies and theologians that are unabashedly critical of patriarchal religious doctrine and paternal theological construction, yet I cannot be convinced that the tradition which formed me is irretrievable or irrelevant. . . . I am seeking to use Luther as one of my sources, but I am working to reinterpret him and offer a more adequate constructive alternative that embodies what is useable in his tradition. I find the potential for a liberating message within Christian theology, and I find a critical theological resource in Luther. --from the Introduction

Encountering Transcendence

Contributions to a Theology of Christian Religious Experience

Author: Lieven Boeve,Hans Geybels,Stijn Van den Bossche

Publisher: Peeters Publishers

ISBN: 9789042916746

Category: Religion

Page: 487

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This volume consists of several contributions to a refined understanding of religious experience in view of contemporary theological epistemology. Diverse sample studies taken from the extensive field of religion, theology and religious studies reveal that 'religious experience' is today clearly a pivotal issue. More specifically, this is made evident in modern theological hermeneutics and in the anti-modern and/or post-modern reactions thereto, the theology of world religions and inter-religious dialogue, the contemporary resurgence of religiosity in Western society and culture, and the so-called turn to religion in contemporary continental philosophy. It would appear from such studies that the category of 'religious experience' is frequently called upon to clarify or explain the phenomenon of religion and religiosity on the one hand and to support and legitimise religious positions or the critique thereof on the other. Because of the loss of plausibility of tradition-bound religiosity and of foundational, so-called onto-theological schemes, 'religious experience' has come to constitute, for many, the last (or latest) point of departure and anchor for religion and religious thinking. This is certainly the case with respect to tendencies within contemporary Christian traditions and theological reflection. In a multitude of ways and from a variety of different perspectives, 'religious experience' and 'experience of transcendence' or 'of the divine' have gained a prominent place in philosophical and fundamental-theological conceptual schemes. In reaction to this, other authors have denied the very primacy given to religious experience in reflecting upon faith, pointing to the constitutive role of tradition and narrative without which there is no religious experience. From all this follows that the category of religious experience is in great need of reconceptualisation, not least from a theological point of view. On the one hand, religious experience is all too easily called upon to legitimise religious claims (often against 'tradition') and on the other hand, the category has become misleading in so far as it is tainted by the modern scientific understanding of experience - in reaction to which 'tradition' is then easily invoked to protect the core of religion. Both young scholars at the preceding junior conference and senior scholars during the conference's paper sessions presented from diverse perspectives new ways to conceive of religious experience in view of today's challenges of secularisation, religious plurality, the aestheticisation of religion, etc. The selected contributions have been arranged in four thematically oriented parts: 'Approaching Religious Experience in a Postmodern Age', 'Modern (re)Thinking of Religious Experience', 'Liberating Religious Experience', and 'Challenges for Spirituality'.

Rethinking Trinitarian Theology

Disputed Questions And Contemporary Issues in Trinitarian Theology

Author: Giulio Maspero,Robert J. Wozniak

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 0567468313

Category: Religion

Page: 512

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The book aims at showing the most important topics and paradigms in modern Trinitarian theology. It is supposed to be a comprehensive guide to the many traces of development of Trinitarian faith. As such it is thought to systematize the variety of contemporary approaches to the field of Trinitarian theology in the present philosophical-cultural context. The main goal of the publication is not only a description of what happened to Trinitarian theology in the modern age. It is rather to indicate the typically modern specificity of the Trinitarian debate and - first of all - to encourage development in the main areas and issues of this subject.

Lutheran Identity and Political Theology

Author: Carl-Henric Grenholm,Göran Gunner

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630877360

Category: Religion

Page: 254

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Lutheran tradition has in various ways influenced attitudes to work, the economy, the state, education, and health care. One reason that Lutheran theology has been interpreted in various ways is that it is always influenced by surrounding social and cultural contexts. In a society where the church has lost a great deal of its cultural impact and authority, and where there is a plurality of religious convictions, the question of Lutheran identity has never been more urgent. However, this question is also raised in the Global South where Lutheran churches need to find their identity in a relationship with several other religions. Here this relationship is developed from a minority perspective. Is it possible to develop a Lutheran political theology that gives adequate contributions to issues concerning social and economic justice? What is the role of women in church and society around the world? Is it possible to interpret Lutheran theology in such a way that it includes liberating perspectives? These are some of the questions and issues discussed in this book.

Mothering as a Metaphor for Ministry

Author: Revd Dr Emma Percy

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409466914

Category: Religion

Page: 184

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Drawing together original research which weaves together ideas from theology, philosophy, feminism and writing on mothering and child development, Percy affirms and encourages aspects of good practice in ministry that are in danger of being over looked because they are neither well-articulated nor valued. Offering a fresh look at parish ministry, this book uses a maternal metaphor to provide an integrated image of being and doing.

Why Scripture Matters

Reading the Bible in a Time of Church Conflict

Author: John P. Burgess

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664257088

Category: Religion

Page: 186

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"John Burgess has written a book of immense help to the church in this time of great conflict and division. It is wise, probing, and highly readable. . . . A combination of authentic piety and remarkable scholarship characterize this book, which is full of concrete suggestions for persons and and congregations. --Douglas W. Oldenburg, Moderator, 210th General Assembly, Presbyterian Church (USA) and President of Columbia Theological Seminary

Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women

Global Women's Issues and Knowledge

Author: Cheris Kramarae,Dale Spender

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135963150

Category: Reference

Page: 2050

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For a full list of entries and contributors, sample entries, and more, visit the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women website. Featuring comprehensive global coverage of women's issues and concerns, from violence and sexuality to feminist theory, the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women brings the field into the new millennium. In over 900 signed A-Z entries from US and Europe, Asia, the Americas, Oceania, and the Middle East, the women who pioneered the field from its inception collaborate with the new scholars who are shaping the future of women's studies to create the new standard work for anyone who needs information on women-related subjects.

Voices Found

Author: Marilyn L. Haskel,Lisa Neufeld Thomas

Publisher: Church Publishing, Inc.

ISBN: 9780898693683

Category: Religion

Page: 221

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Voices Found: Leader's Guide presents the music from Voices Found in a spiral bound format, easy for an accompanist to use. There are alternate harmonizations, guitar chords, descants, and expanded arrangements of the basic hymns and songs. The Scriptural and Topical Indices along with the Three-Year Lectionary Index (including the Revised Common Lectionary) provide excellent guidance for service planning. The Leader's Guide is not designed just for musicians and clergy. The Guide presents a great deal of background information about the composers, text writers, and arrangers who contributed to the volume. Many parishioners, as well as church professionals, will want to read about the fascinating women who contributed to the Church's Song for over 13 centuries, from the 8th Century to the present.

Life, Love, and Hope

God and Human Experience

Author: Jan-Olav Henriksen

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802871496

Category: Religion

Page: 384

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Can Christian belief in God, a contemporary scientific approach to human life, and human experience all be held together? Yes, says Jan-Olav Henriksen, who in this book shows how such a synthesis can be realized. Taking both knowledge of evolution and belief in God as Creator into account, Henriksen s Life, Love, and Hope articulates a vision for understanding the relationship between God and human experience in contemporary terms. Henriksen maintains that evolutionary theory does not account for all that can and must be said about human life and experience. Conversely, he also argues that any belief in God as Creator can be informed and deepened by knowledge of evolution. This thoughtful, nuanced book develops a comprehensive vision that will appeal to anyone who ponders the relationship between God and science.

The Bible and the Business of Life

Author: Simon Carey Holt,Gordon R. Preece

Publisher: ATF Press

ISBN: 9781920691240

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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The Bible and the Business of Life is an anthology of essays by a variety of authors celebrating the 65th birthday of Robert Banks Robert. Banks was an Baptist who worked and taught in the USA, in Pasadena and in Melbourne.

A Commentary on the Order of Mass of The Roman Missal : A New English Translation

Author: Edward Foley

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 0814662560

Category: Religion

Page: 680

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A Commentary on the Order of Mass of The Roman Missal gathers the insights of some of today's foremost English-speaking liturgical scholars to aid in understanding this most recent edition of the Order of Mass and its new English translation. Developed under the auspices of the Catholic Academy of Liturgy this commentary was guided by three primary concerns: to situate the promulgation of a new English translation of the Roman Missal historically and theologically to aid in the pastoral implementation of these texts and rites to contribute to the ongoing development of vernacular worship for English-speaking Roman Catholics Contributors include: John Baldovin Anscar Chupungco Mary Collins Keith Pecklers David Power Joyce Ann Zimmermann The volume is edited by John Baldovin, SJ, Professor of Historical and Liturgical Theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry Mary Collins, OSB, Professor Emerita at The Catholic University of America School of Theology and Religious Studies, Washington DC Edward Foley, Capuchin, the Duns Scotus Professor of Spirituality and Professor of Liturgy and Music at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago Joanne Pierce, Associate Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

"The Church as the Image of the Trinity"

A Critical Evaluation of Miroslav Volf’s Ecclesial Model

Author: Kevin J. Bidwell

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621892743

Category: Religion

Page: 280

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A resurgence of Trinitarian interest gained momentum in the twentieth century and it is showing little sign of abating in the twenty-first century. This research endeavors to critically evaluate Miroslav Volf's ecclesial model for the church as the image of the Trinity, one that he presents with the English title, After Our Likeness. Volf proposes a social doctrine of the Trinity, one that is heavily influenced by the theological writings of Jurgen Moltmann, and he puts forward that this nonhierarchical Trinity should be reflected in the structures and theology of the church. If Volf is correct, then a radical reshaping is needed for the church to conform to an egalitarian pattern, one that is after the likeness (Gen 1:26) of an egalitarian God. In this critical examination, Kevin J. Bidwell begins by stating the theological influences that are pertinent to Volf's thesis in After Our Likeness and the assumptions that undergird and inform his whole theological paradigm. An important theological excursus is offered to assess the theology of John Smyth, the first English Baptist, who is Volf's representative figure for the location of his own ecclesiology, the Free Church. A critical analysis follows of Volf's engagement with his two chosen dialogue partners who represent both Western and Eastern theological traditions: Joseph Ratzinger and John D. Zizioulas. Volf presents five theses for the church as the image of the Trinity, which could be labeled as Volf's Free Church in the image of Volf's revised doctrine of the Trinity. This monograph offers extensive insight into the contemporary debate on the doctrine of the Trinity, but it also assesses many aspects of ecclesiology from both Eastern and Western perspectives.

Futuring Our Past

Explorations in the Theology of Tradition

Author: Espin, Orlando ,Macy, Gary

Publisher: Orbis Books

ISBN: 1608333493

Category: Religion

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The Catholic understanding of Tradition is not just about the preservation of ancient practices or customs; it is the process by which the faith is handed on (""traditioned"") from one generation to another. The essays in this volume, by scholars from a wide range of disciplines, center on two questions: How is the Christian tradition ""traditioned"" among Latino/as? And what impact does this ""traditioning"" have on the Tradition?
Futuring our Past is the first volume in a new Orbis series, published in cooperation with the Center for the Study of Latino/a Catholicism at the University of San Diego.
Aside from the editors, contributors include Bernard Cooke, Miguel H. Díaz, Michelle González, José R. Irizzary, Francisco Lozada, Jr., Daisy L. Machado, Nancy Pineda-Madrid, Gary Riebe-Estrella, Jean-Pierre Ruiz, and Theresa Torres.

Making Wise the Simple

The Torah in Christian Faith and Practice

Author: Johanna W. H. van Wijk-Bos

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802809902

Category: Religion

Page: 329

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Too long restricted to children's storybooks and cinematic extravaganzas, the Torah -- comprising the first five books of the Bible -- is an underappreciated mother lode of divine instruction, vitally important for Christians and the church. Convinced that both those who take the Torah too literally and those who neglect it are guilty of a naïve simplicity, Johanna van Wijk-Bos presents guidelines to help ordinary Christians recover this treasure in their faith and practice. Having lived in the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation, van Wijk-Bos recognizes that after the attempted annihilation of the Jews from Christian Europe, it cannot be business as usual for Christianity. In light of the Holocaust, Christians must commit themselves to the restoration of just relations between Christians and Jews. This commitment to address all that fractures human relations undergirds van Wijk-Bos's call for Christians to reengage the Torah. Making Wise the Simple points out how God's care for and engagement with the whole world in the Torah set the tone for the entire biblical story. The book pays special attention to how our treatment of strangers lies at the heart of the Torah's teaching. Without attempting a purely Jewish reading of the Torah, van Wijk-Bos reclaims the Torah as a vibrant word for the Christian community in covenant with God. Written in a personal style conversant with current scholarship but sprinkled with anecdotes, this book is for everyone who has a hunger and enthusiasm for what the biblical text may convey, the courage to ask disturbing questions of the text, and an openness to old words that may bring forth new things, perhaps even making one wise.

The Trinity

Author: Philip Walker Butin

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664501402

Category: Religion

Page: 126

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"The Trinity" discusses the importance of the doctrine of the Trinity for contemporary faith. It explores the development of the doctrine of the Trinity in church history, shows the modern issues and developments, and speaks practically about the significance of this doctrine for the Christian life.

Sex, Sin, and Our Selves

Encounters in Feminist Theology and Contemporary Women’s Literature

Author: Anna Fisk

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630872962

Category: Religion

Page: 220

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Sex, Sin, and Our Selves brings together readings in feminist theological thought and the literature of the acclaimed contemporary writers Michèle Roberts and Sara Maitland. Through placing theology in conversation with Roberts's and Maitland's literary engagement with issues of religion and gender, this book explores themes of selfhood, connection, sex, sin, and self-sacrifice. In doing so, it challenges a tendency of feminist theology to seek simple and idealized answers, rather than honor complexity and the need to continue to ask questions. In the encounters in feminist theology and contemporary women's writing, Anna Fisk employs autobiographical narrative, critically understood as reading these stories beside my own.

Vatican II

Fifty Person Stories

Author: Madges, William,Daley, Michael

Publisher: Orbis Books

ISBN: 1608332284

Category: Religion

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2013 Catholic Press Association Book Award: 50th Anniversary of Vatican II (2nd Place)
Marking the fiftieth anniversary of the first session of Vatican II (1962-65), a watershed event in the history of the church, whose meaning and interpretation continue to inspire heated debate. In this book fifty distinguished authors, including theologians, journalists, spiritual writers, and pastoral leaders, offer their own assessment of the meaning of the Council and its historic documents, drawing in many cases on their personal experience as witnesses or participants. The contributors are a "who's who" of modern Catholic and non-Catholic voices: Francis X. Murphy (who, as "Xavier Rynne," penned an inside account of the Council for The New Yorker magazine), Martin E. Marty, Lisa Sowle Cahill, John O'Malley, Joan Chittister, Gregory Baum, Michael Novak, Basil Pennington, Richard McBrien, Cardinal Avery Dulles, John Dominic Crossan, Joseph Komonchak, Brother Roger of Taize, Cardinal Francis Arinze, Elizabeth Johnson, David Hollenbach, and many more.
For those who want to understand what happened at the Council, as well as those concerned about the state of the church today and the agenda for the future, these fifty personal stories provide an invaluable and inspiring resource.