Self and Salvation
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This eagerly awaited book by David F. Ford makes a unique and important contribution to the debate about the Christian doctrine of salvation. Using the pivotal image of the face, Professor Ford offers a constructive and contemporary account of the self being transformed. He engages with three modern thinkers (Levinas, Jungel and Ricoeur) in order to rethink and reimagine the meaning of self. Developing the concept of a worshipping self, he explores the dimensions of salvation through the lenses of scripture, worship practices, the life, death and resurrection of Christ, and the lives of contemporary saints. He uses different genres and traditions to show how the self flourishes through engagement with God, other people, and the responsibilities and joys of ordinary living. The result is a habitable theology of salvation immersed in Christian faith, thought and practice while also being deeply involved with modern life in a pluralist world.
"[Ford] has given us a challenging and thoughtful book, and one that anyone interested in the conversation between theology and 'postmodern' philosophy ought to read." William Placher, Christian Century "a detailing and the virtues that a religious awakening" Anglican Theological Review "...one of the most provocative theological explorations of "self and salvation" in a post-modern key." Pro Ecclesia