Places of Redemption
Theology for a Worldly Church
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of Pages: 268
Width: 14 cm
Height: 22 cm
The primary aim of this book is to explore the contradiction between widely shared beliefs in the USA about racial inclusiveness and equal opportunity for all and the fact that most churches are racially homogeneous and do not include people with disabilities. To address the problem Mary McClintock Fulkerson explores the practices of an interracial church (United Methodist) that includes people with disabilities. The analysis focuses on those activities which create opportunities for people to experience those who are `different' as equal in ways that diminish both obliviousness to the other and fear of the other. In contrast with theology's typical focus on the beliefs of Christians, this project offers a theory of practices and place that foregrounds the instinctual reactions and communications that shape all groups. The effect is to broaden the academic field of theology through the benefits of ethnographic research and postmodern place theory.
a very insightful and creative book * Abigail Rian Evans, Journal of SJT * This path-breaking book traces theology as embodied in the midst of congregational life. Among its many contributions is its deep appreciation for practical theology, its wise use of ethnography and place theory, and its honest analysis of the slippage between verbal proclamation and bodily habits. Affective visceral responses of desire and fear, as Mary McClintock Fulkerson powerfully reminds us, shape our theologies more than we realize or intend. * Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore, Vanderbilt University * Places of Redemption uses Good Samaritian Church to help readers better understand identity formation while revealing the angst many people still have regarding race and disability... helpful for those using practical theology in pursuit of social justice through the Gospel. * C.L. Nash, The Edinburgh Review of Theology and Religion * ...An outstanding contribution both to congregational studies and to anthropological research into religion. * J.M. Hull Theology * This is a profound contribution to the field of practical theology, with a rich and nuanced discussion of congregational studies and contemporary ecclesiology. Behind the descriptive passages, readers will find depth and density. The reflections on post-modern place theory are refreshing and illuminating, calling into question the identity of the local church...It deserves to be widely read and attentively studied. * Martyn Percy, Church Times * A breath of fresh air, which goes a long way towards providing a real alternative to cerebral or applied theologies that often ignore practices of the faithful in the interests of articulating belief. * Sue Yore, International Journal of Public Theology. *