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The Irrelevance and Relevance of the Christian Message

The Irrelevance and Relevance of the Christian Message

  • Author: Paul Tillich
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • ISBN: 1556352115
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 104
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'The Irrelevance and Relevance of the Christian Message' is a transcript of Paul Tillich's 1963 Earl Lectures at the Graduate Theological Union. Delivered just two years before his death, these lectures present Tillich's heartfelt and deeply personal understanding of the relevance of Christian preaching and Christian theology. Why, Tillich asks, has the Christian message become seemingly irrelevant to contemporary society? Is the gospel able to give answers to the questions raised by the existentialist analysis of the human predicament? Yes, he answers -- but in order to do so Christian teaching and preaching need to undergo dramatic renewal, the root of which requires an affirmation of love as central to Christian identity. Further, we need to recognize that this task is not limited to preachers and theologians; all of us together are responsible for the irrelevance or the relevance of the gospel in our time.

The Vocation of Theology Today

The Vocation of Theology Today

A Festschrift for David Ford

  • Author: Tom Greggs,Rachel Muers
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • ISBN: 1621895408
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 424
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What is the task of theology in a complex religious and secular world? What are theologians called to contribute to society, the churches, and the academy? Can theology be both fully faithful to Christian tradition and Scripture, and fully open to the challenges of the twenty-first century? In this book, an international team of contributors, including some of the best-known names in the field, respond to these questions in programmatic essays that set the direction for future debates about the vocation of theology. David Ford, in whose honor the collection is produced, has been for many years a key figure in articulating and shaping the role of contemporary theology. The contributors are his colleagues, collaborators, and former students, and their essays engage in dialogue with his work. The main unifying feature of this exciting collection is not Ford's work per se, however, but a shared engagement with the pressing question of theology's vocation today.

The Possibility of Contemporary Prophetic Acts

The Possibility of Contemporary Prophetic Acts

From Jeremiah to Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Author: Randall K. Bush
  • Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • ISBN: 1630871117
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 138
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Is it possible to speak of prophets and prophetic activity in today's world? If so, who determines whether the prophetic acts are authentic? Is this role, formerly filled by faith communities, now being done within the secular community? Randall Bush explores these questions from biblical, theological, and historical perspectives, looking at examples from the prophet Jeremiah, the writings of Paul Tillich, and the modern civil rights movement work of Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This compelling discussion touches on issues as old as scripture and as current as today's news headlines, and the topic remains as relevant now as it ever was for those with eyes to see and ears to hear.

The Hyphenateds

The Hyphenateds

How Emergence Christianity is Re-Traditioning Mainline Practices

  • Author: Phil Snider
  • Publisher: Chalice Press
  • ISBN: 0827214898
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 192
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Though the emergent church was once viewed as a fringe movement with little to offer established congregations, it is now seen as one of the central driving forces shaping the future of postmodern Christianity in North America. As an increasing number of mainline communities wonder how the emergent church influences their own structures and practices, this book brings together the perspectives of several of the most prominent "Hyphenated Christians," i.e. those with one foot in the emergent conversation and the other foot in the mainline church - Presbymergents, Anglimergents, Luthermergents, Methomergents, etc. With a passion for both mainline traditions and the emergent conversation, "Hyphenateds" offer a vibrant and contagious vision of the ways in which the church might undergo the transformation necessary to faithfully embody the love of Christ in the midst of an ever-changing postmodern world. The contributors of this book offer wisdom from a variety of contexts and The Hypenateds reflects the changing dynamics currently taking place in the emergent conversation.

Making the Ministry Relevant

Making the Ministry Relevant

  • Author: Hans F. Hofmann
  • Publisher: New York : Scribner
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Clergy
  • Page: 169
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Doing Contextual Theology

Doing Contextual Theology

  • Author: Angie Pears
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1134115679
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: 208
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Christian theology, like all forms of knowledge, thinking and practice, arises from and is influenced by the context in which it is done. In Doing Contextual Theology, Angie Pears demonstrates the radically contextual nature of Christian theology by focusing on five forms of liberation theology: Latin American Liberation Theologies; Black Theologies; Feminist Informed Theologies; Sexual Theologies; Body Theologies. Pears analyses how each of these asserts a clear and persistent link to the Christian tradition through The Bible and Christology and discusses the implications of contextual and local theologies for understanding Christianity as a religion. Moreover, she considers whether fears are justified that a radically contextual reading of Christian theologies leads to a relativist understanding of the religion, or whether these theologies share some form of common identity both despite and because of their contextual nature. Doing Contextual Theology offers students a clear and up-to-date survey of the field of contemporary liberation theology and provides them with a sound understanding of how contextual theology works in practice.

Happiness, Well-being and the Meaning of Life

Happiness, Well-being and the Meaning of Life

A Dialogue of Social Science and Religion

  • Author: Vincent Brümmer,Marcel Sarot
  • Publisher: Peeters Publishers
  • ISBN: 9789039002711
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 162
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The rapid cultural changes which are so characteristic for our time, have had a far reaching effect not only on the universal human research for happiness, well-being and a meaningful existence in our world, but also on the way in which these concepts are understood and misunderstood in contemporary culture. For religious believers their faith determines the ideals of happiness, well-being and meaningfulness which they strive to attain in their lives. But are these ideals timelessly the same for all time and for all people or are they too subject to historical change and cultural variation? Social scientists examine the way in which these ideals are culturally pluriform and subject to empirical change in religious and cultural communities and traditions. But what do these concepts mean for social scientist? Do they use them in the same way as religious believers and theologians do? In December 1992, the Center for Theological Exploration Inc. sponsored its fourth (and final) Consultation on Science and Religion at the University of Aarhus in Denmark. For that occasion a distinguished international group of theologians and social scientists were invited to discuss these issues. Most of the contributors to this volume were originally presented as papers at that consultation.

Black Theology and Black Power

Black Theology and Black Power

  • Author: James H. Cone
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • ISBN: 1570751579
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 165
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First published in 1969, "Black Theology & Black Power" provided the first systematic presentation of black theology. Relating the militant struggle for liberation with the gospel message of salvation, James Cone laid the foundation for an original interpretation of Christianity that retains its urgency and challenge today.

Secular Steeples 2nd edition

Secular Steeples 2nd edition

Popular Culture and the Religious Imagination

  • Author: Conrad Ostwalt
  • Publisher: A&C Black
  • ISBN: 1441183418
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 288
  • View: 8220
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An exploration of secularization in America, this book provides students with an innovative way of understanding the relationship between religion and secular culture. In Secular Steeples, Conrad Ostwalt challenges long-held assumptions about the relationship between religion and culture and about the impact of secularization. Moving away from the idea that religion will diminish as secularization continues, Ostwalt identifies areas of popular culture where secular and sacred views and objectives interact and enrich each other. The book demonstrates how religious institutions use the secular and popular media of television, movies, and music to make sacred teachings relevant. From megachurches to sports arenas, the Bible to Harry Potter, biker churches to virtual worship communities, Ostwalt demonstrates how religion persists across cultural forms, secular and sacred, with secular culture expressing religious messages and sometimes containing more authentic religious content than official religious teachings. An ideal text for anyone studying religion and popular culture, each chapter provides questions for discussion, a list of important terms and guided readings.

Journal of Bible and Religion

Journal of Bible and Religion

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Religion
  • Page: N.A
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