When out of your spiritual depths, don t go for the shallows. Many of us sincerely wade around in what church culture popularly defines as discipleship. But we are discontent with only splashing about in the miles-wide, ankle-deep shores of faith. If we look to the horizon of history, of the Gospels and the early church, we can see wonderful mystery out there. We sense there must be more to spiritual formation than mere performance, study, and the gaining of knowledge. As true disciples, we yearn for a far more meaningful truth. Author Lenny Luchetti reaches out through these pages, beckoning us to join him in following Christ into deep realms of transformation of revelation, restoration, transformation, sanctification, and mission. It can seem scary, diving in and being submersed in what Christ means discipleship to be. But it s exactly in this place out of our own depths that we can find true depth in Christ. "
The Methods and Strategies of Feminist Informed Christian Theologies
Author: Angela Pears
Originally published in 2004. Feminist discourses have focused sustained and sometimes devastating critical attention on Christianity over the last fifty years. Today feminisms remain significant but often ambiguous forces in contemporary Christian theology. At a time in which questions about the success and viability of feminisms are increasingly posed, Feminist Christian Encounters makes a unique contribution to the ongoing investigation into the creative relationship between feminisms and Christianity. Angela Pears identifies some of the key theological and methodological mechanisms by which Christian feminist theologies are informed, sustained, and made possible by feminist values and critiques. Pears argues that certain strategies characterize the facilitation of this dialogue in contemporary Christian feminist theologies, enabling theologians to accept the values and critiques of feminisms whilst at the same time proclaim some level of commitment to Christianity. Engaging in a process of deconstruction of the methodologies of key Christian theological thinkers who have made use of feminisms in their theologies, this book reveals the mechanisms of feminist Christian encounter at work.
The Contributions of Thomas Berry and Bernard Lonergan
Author: Anne Marie Dalton
Publisher: University of Ottawa Press
While many feel that something must be done, few perceive the state of the ecological crisis as a "profound religious problem." While Thomas Berry sought to fire the imagination and motivate his listener to action, Bernard Lonergan was absorbed by the growing gulf between traditional Christian theology and its relevance to modern problems. This book brings together the work of these dynamic thinkers and examines their mutual contribution to theology for our time and for our planet.
Twenty years after the fall of Communism in Central and East Europe is an ocassion to reevaluate the cultural and theological contribution from that region to the secularization - post-secularization debate. Czech theologian Ivana Noble develops a Trinitarian theology through a close dialogue with literature, music and film, which formed not only alternatives to totalitarian ideologies, but also followed the loss and reappeareance of belief in God. Noble explains that, by listening to the artists, the churches and theologians can deal with questions about the nature of the world, memory and ultimate fulfilment in a more nuanced way. Then, as partakers in the search undertaken by their secular and post-secular contemporaries, theologians can penetrate a new depth of meaning, sending out shoots from the stump of Christian symbolism. Drawing on the rich cultures of Central and East Europe and both Western and Eastern theological traditions, this book presents a theological reading of contemporary culture which is important not just for post-Communist countries but for all who are engaged in the debate on the boundaries between theology, politics and arts.
To an extraordinary extent we continue to live in the shadow of the classical world. At every level from languages to calendars to political systems, we are the descendants of a 'classical Europe', using frames of reference created by ancient Mediterranean cultures. As this consistently fresh and surprising new book makes clear, however, this was no less true for the inhabitants of those classical civilizations themselves, whose myths, history, and buildings were an elaborate engagement with an already old and revered past filled with great leaders and writers, emigrations and battles. Indeed, much of the reason we know so much about the classical past is the obsessive importance it held for so many generations of Greeks and Romans, who interpreted and reinterpreted their changing casts of heroes and villains. Figures such as Alexander the Great and Augustus Caesar loom large in our imaginations today, but they were themselves fascinated by what had preceded them. The Birth of Classical Europe is therefore both an authoritative history, and also a fascinating attempt to show how our own changing values and interests have shaped our feelings about an era which is by some measures very remote but by others startlingly close.
Oneness — not of a numerical content, but of a homogenous, all-pervasive nature — is the theme of this journal’s present issue. And whether that Oneness be encountered individually by putting forth intense inner effort while sitting in quiet retreat, or approached from the standpoint of encouraging entire cultures to realize their deeper nature, or revealed by openly marking the distinctions between the diverse worlds of manifestation and That which is beyond all expression, the result is the same. Encouragement, inspiration, positivity — these things are rare today, what to speak of the Goal which they infer. And, though Oneness may be less of a goal and more of a natural abiding condition, it is still the subtlest of all eternal principles, the teachings of which represent the most enigmatic pieces of information one can ever hope to ponder. Therefore, the more that teachings on nonduality can be proliferated, the more chance do struggling beings have of coming in contact with it, purifying their intelligence, and gaining freedom. As the great Advaitan, Ashtavakra, states, “A man of pure intellect realizes the Self swiftly even by instruction casually imparted. A man of impure intellect gets bewildered trying to realize the Self even after inquiring over a lifetime.”
Catherine Cornille, Boston College David Tracy, University of Chicago Divinity School Werner Jeanrond, University of Glasgow Marianne Moyaert, University of Leuven John Maraldo, University of North Florida Reza Shah-Kazemi, Institute of Ismaili Studies Malcolm David Eckel, Boston University Joseph S. O'Leary, Sophia University John P. Keenan, Middlebury College Hendrik Vroom, VU University Amsterdam Laurie Patton, Emory University