Liberating the Politics of Jesus

Liberating the Politics of Jesus
Author: Darryl W. Stephens,Elizabeth Soto Albrecht
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780567692788
Available:
Release: 2020-09-03
Editor: T&T Clark
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Bold, faithful, challenging – this volume uncovers the social and political implications of the gospel message by looking at Anabaptist theology and practice from a female perspective. The contributors approach the gospel from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds, liberating the radical political ethic of Jesus Christ from patriarchal distortions and demonstrating that gender justice and peace theology are inseparable. Beautifully illustrated with pen drawings, Liberating the Politics of Jesus recognizes the authority of women to interpret and reconstruct the peace church tradition on issues such as subordination, suffering, atonement, the nature of church, leadership, and discipleship. The contributors confront difficult topics head-on, such as the power structures in South Africa, armed conflict in Colombia, and the sexual violence of John Howard Yoder. The result is a renewed Anabaptist peace theology with the potential to transform the work of theology and ministry in all Christian traditions.

Liberating the Politics of Jesus

Liberating the Politics of Jesus
Author: Darryl W. Stephens,Elizabeth Soto Albrecht
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780567692801
Available:
Release: 2020-09-03
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Bold, faithful, challenging – this volume uncovers the social and political implications of the gospel message by looking at Anabaptist theology and practice from a female perspective. The contributors approach the gospel from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds, liberating the radical political ethic of Jesus Christ from patriarchal distortions and demonstrating that gender justice and peace theology are inseparable. Beautifully illustrated with pen drawings, Liberating the Politics of Jesus recognizes the authority of women to interpret and reconstruct the peace church tradition on issues such as subordination, suffering, atonement, the nature of church, leadership, and discipleship. The contributors confront difficult topics head-on, such as the power structures in South Africa, armed conflict in Colombia, and the sexual violence of John Howard Yoder. The result is a renewed Anabaptist peace theology with the potential to transform the work of theology and ministry in all Christian traditions.

Liberating Paul

Liberating Paul
Author: Neil Elliott
Pages: 308
ISBN: 1451415117
Available:
Release: 2005-02-01
Editor: Fortress Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

For centuries the apostle Paul has been invoked to justify oppression ? whether on behalf of slavery, to enforce unquestioned obedience to the state, to silence women, or to legitimate anti-Semitism. To interpret Paul is thus to set foot on a terrible battleground between spiritual forces. But as Neil Elliott argues, the struggle to liberate human beings from the power of Death requires "Liberating Paul" from his enthrallment to that power. In this book, Elliott shows that what many people experience as the scandal of Paul is the unfortunate consequence of the way Paul has usually been read, or rather misread, in the churches.In the first half of the book, Elliott examines the many texts historically interpreted to support oppression or maintain the status quo. He shows how often Paul's authentic message has been interpreted in the light of later pseudo-Pauline writings.In Part Two, Elliott applies a "political key" to the interpretation of Paul. Though subsequent centuries have turned the cross into a symbol of Christian piety, Elliott forcefully reminds us that in Paul's time this was the Roman mode of executing rebellious slaves, a fact that has profound political implications.

The Politics of Jes s

The Politics of Jes  s
Author: Miguel A. De La Torre
Pages: 212
ISBN: 9781442250376
Available:
Release: 2015-06-10
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Politics of Jesús is a powerful new biography of Jesus told from the margins. Miguel A. De La Torre argues that we all create Jesus in our own image, reflecting and reinforcing the values of communities—sometimes for better, and often for worse. In light of the increasing economic and social inequality around the world, De La Torre asserts that what the world needs is a Jesus of solidarity who also comes from the underside of global power. The Politics of Jesús is a search for a Jesus that resonates specifically with the Latino/a community, as well as other marginalized groups. The book unabashedly rejects the Eurocentric Jesus for the Hispanic Jesús, whose mission is to give life abundantly, who resonates with the Latino/a experience of disenfranchisement, and who works for real social justice and political change. While Jesus is an admirable figure for Christians, The Politics of Jesús highlights the way the Jesus of dominant culture is oppressive and describes a Jesús from the barrio who chose poverty and disrupted the status quo. Saying “no” to oppression and its symbols, even when one of those symbols is Jesus, is the first step to saying “yes” to the self, to liberation, and symbols of that liberation. For Jesus to connect with the Hispanic quest for liberation, Jesús must be unapologetically Hispanic and compel people to action. The Politics of Jesús provocatively moves the study of Jesús into the global present.

Jesus and the Politics of Interpretation

Jesus and the Politics of Interpretation
Author: Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
Pages: 176
ISBN: 0826413668
Available:
Release: 2001-09-01
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Jesus and the Politics of Interpretation seeks to interrupt the rhetorics and politics of meaning that, in the past decade, have compelled the proliferation of popular and scholarly books and articles about the historical Jesus, and that have turned Jesus into a commodity of neocapitalist western culture.In this spirited book, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza continues her argument begun in Jesus: Miram's Child, Sophia's Prophet (Continuum, 1995), now with a focus on the politics of Jesus scholarship. It is no accident, she maintains, that scholars in the U.S. and Europe have rediscovered the historical Jesus at a time when feminist scholarship, critical theory, interreligious dialogue, postcolonial criticism, and liberation theologies have pointed to the interconnections between knowledge and power at work in positivistic scientific circles. It is also no accident that such an explosion of Jesus books has taken place at a time when the media have discovered the "angry white male syndrome" that fuels neo-fascist movements in Europe and the U.S.The answer to this commodification of "Jesus" is not a rejection of critical scholarship and Jesus research but a call for their investigation in terms of ideology critique and ethics. By claiming to produce knowledge about the "real" Jesus, Schüssler Fiorenza points out, mainstream as well as feminist scholars refuse to stand accountable for their reconstructive cultural models and theological interests. Hence, she calls for an ethics of interpretation that can explore such a scholarly politics of meaning, rather than the ideological discourses on "Jesus and Women" that are fraught with both anti-Judaism and anti-feminism.

Liberating the Nations

Liberating the Nations
Author: Stephen K. McDowell,Mark A. Beliles
Pages: 209
ISBN: 9781887456012
Available:
Release: 2008
Editor: Providence Foundation
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Bible teaches, and history confirms, that to the degree that nations have applied the principles of the Bible in all spheres of life is the degree to which they have prospered, been free, and acted justly. Learn biblical principles as they apply to various spheres of life. Examine the role of the church, the family, the media, and civil government in a nation, and learn what you can do to bring Godly reform.

Politics Liberating Images of Christ

Politics  Liberating Images of Christ
Author: John Howard Yoder
Pages: 21
ISBN: OCLC:893402846
Available:
Release: 1991
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Liberating Mission of Jesus

The Liberating Mission of Jesus
Author: Dario Andres Lopez Rodriguez
Pages: 158
ISBN: 9781610975162
Available:
Release: 2012-06-14
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Liberating Mission of Jesus deals with the central message of the Gospel of Luke, provocatively arguing that the liberating mission of Jesus has two central themes: the universality of the love of God and the special love God has for the defenseless of society. Both of these pillars form the bedrock of Luke's theological vision, animate his Gospel throughout, and summarize the good news of the reign of God in subversive and radical form. This book shows how the liberating message announced by Jesus, as well as his liberating practice, is manifested throughout the Gospel and its implications for Christian life today. Through this thorough treatment, the full depth of Luke's vision of the liberating mission of Jesus is shown to be a paradigm for the personal and collective witness of believers, regardless of the social, political, cultural, or religious boundaries that try to inhibit them from giving witness to the God of life.

Implications of the Gospel

Implications of the Gospel
Author: Lutheran Episcopal Dialogue III Staff
Pages: 128
ISBN: 0880280891
Available:
Release: 1988-11
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"A joint statement from the Lutheran-Episcopal Dialogue III, on the content of the gospel. With discussion guide for group use."

The Praxis of Suffering

The Praxis of Suffering
Author: Rebecca S. Chopp
Pages: 190
ISBN: 9781725218765
Available:
Release: 2007-03-16
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Liberation and political theologies have emerged powerfully in recent years, interrupting the way in which First World Christians both experience and understand their faith. Through an analysis of the cultural and ecclesial contexts of these theological movements, as well as a critical examination of four of their principal exponents--Gustavo Gutierrez, Johann Baptist Metz, Jose Miguez Bonino, and Jurgen Moltmann--the author demonstrates that political and liberation theologies represent a new model of theology, one that proffers a vision of Christian witness as a praxis of solidarity with suffering persons.

Recovering from the Anabaptist Vision

Recovering from the Anabaptist Vision
Author: Laura Schmidt Roberts,Paul Martens,Myron A. Penner
Pages: 200
ISBN: 9780567692757
Available:
Release: 2020-02-20
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This volume performs a critical and vibrant reconstruction of Anabaptist identity and theological method, in the wake of the recent revelations of the depth of the sexual abuse perpetrated by the most influential Anabaptist theologian of the 20th century, John Howard Yoder. In an attempt to liberate Anabaptist theology and identity from the constricting vision appropriated and reformulated by Yoder, these essays refuse the determinative categories of the last half century supplied by and carried beyond Harold Bender's The Anabaptist Vision. While still under the shadow of decades of trauma, a recontexualized conversation about Anabaptist theology and identity emerges in this volume that is ecumenically engaged, philosophically astute, psychologically attuned, and resolutely vulnerable. The volume offers a Trinitarian and Christological framework that holds together the importance of Scripture, tradition, and the lived experience of the Christian community, as the contributors examine a wide variety of issues such as Mennonite feminism, Anabaptist queer theology, and Mennonite theological methods. These essays interrogate the operations of power, violence, exclusion, and privilege in methodology in this changed context, offering self-critical constructive alternatives for articulating Anabaptist theology and identity.

A Theology of Liberation

A Theology of Liberation
Author: Gustavo GutiŽrrez
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9781608331239
Available:
Release: 1988-01-01
Editor: Orbis Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This is the credo and seminal text of the movement which was later characterized as liberation theology. The book burst upon the scene in the early seventies, and was swiftly acknowledged as a pioneering and prophetic approach to theology which famously made an option for the poor, placing the exploited, the alienated, and the economically wretched at the centre of a programme where "the oppressed and maimed and blind and lame" were prioritized at the expense of those who either maintained the status quo or who abused the structures of power for their own ends. This powerful, compassionate and radical book attracted criticism for daring to mix politics and religion in so explicit a manner, but was also welcomed by those who had the capacity to see that its agenda was nothing more nor less than to give "good news to the poor", and redeem God's people from bondage.

Spirit of the Last Days

Spirit of the Last Days
Author: Peter Althouse
Pages: 229
ISBN: STANFORD:36105127473192
Available:
Release: 2003
Editor: Sheffield Academic Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Early Pentecostals proclaimed the restoration of the charismatic gifts as a sign of the imminent coming of Christ. This eschatology was later marginalized by the rise of fundamentalist dispensationalism. Today Pentecostal eschatology is being revised to include a more transformative view of the kingdom. This book proposes a further revision of Pentecostal eschatology created to recover prophetic elements of early Pentecostalism that invite a responsible social engagement in the world, and to overcome fundamentalist assumptions which have crept into Pentecostal theology in it s middle years. To this end, the eschatological thought of selected Pentecostal theologians is placed in dialogue with Jurgen Moltmann. This dialogue critiques fundamentalist tendencies within contemporary Pentecostalism by advocating a theology more open to history and creation, and a Pentecostal ethic both personal and social in scope.

Black Theology USA and South Africa

Black Theology USA and South Africa
Author: Dwight N. Hopkins
Pages: 262
ISBN: 9781597524766
Available:
Release: 2005-12-01
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Black theology continually poses a challenge to Christian witness and faith. Through a critical analysis of leading religious thinkers, Dwight N. Hopkins explores the fundamental differences and similarities between black theology in the United States and black theology in South Africa and asks: What is the common denominator between the two? Part I examines the historical, political, cultural, and theological background of contemporary black theology in both countries. Hopkins delves into the distinctive situation of each country, focusing on civil rights, black power, and related political, cultural, and theological themes in the United States, and on civil disobedience, black consciousness, the unity of politics and culture, and political/cultural/theological themes in South Africa. Through interviews with leading black religious scholars, Part II explores these theologies in depth. Contrasting the cultural-theological trend with the political-theological trend in the USA, Hopkins explores the ideas of theologians Albert B. Cleage, James H. Cone, J. Deotis Roberts, William R. Jones, Gayraud S. Wilmore, Charles H. Long, Cecil W. Cone, and Vincent Harding. In Part III Hopkins examines the same two trends - cultural-theological and political-theological - in South Africa. Here the focus is on the impact of black consciousness and Soweto, and the works of Manas Buthelezi, Allan Boesak, Simon S. Maimela, Frank Chikane, Bonganjalo C. Goba, Itumeleng J. Mosala, Takatso A. Mofokeng, and Desmond M. Tutu. Part IV brings black theology USA and black theology South Africa into dialogue. Hopkins locates the common denominator between the tow theologies: that they both claim the Christian gospel as the gospel of liberation for black people struggling against racism and for a holistic humanity - physically and spiritually, politically and culturally. He concludes by looking toward future areas of development and collaboration, arguing that an effective black theology of liberation must integrate politics and culture, insuring that the two are equal and complementary, two tributaries within the same current.

Spirituality of Liberation

Spirituality of Liberation
Author: Jon Sobrino
Pages: 329
ISBN: 9781608332687
Available:
Release: 2015-03-31
Editor: Orbis Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Politics of Compassion

The Politics of Compassion
Author: Jack Nelson-Pallmeyer
Pages: 132
ISBN: UVA:X001175502
Available:
Release: 1986
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Discusses the need for social change, liberation theology, world hunger, Central America, the arms race, and political aspects of Christianity

A Theology of Liberation

A Theology of Liberation
Author: Gustavo GutiŽerrez
Pages: 264
ISBN: 9780883445426
Available:
Release: 1988-01-01
Editor: Orbis Books
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This is the credo and seminal text of the movement which was later characterized as liberation theology. The book burst upon the scene in the early seventies, and was swiftly acknowledged as a pioneering and prophetic approach to theology which famously made an option for the poor, placing the exploited, the alienated, and the economically wretched at the centre of a programme where "the oppressed and maimed and blind and lame" were prioritized at the expense of those who either maintained the status quo or who abused the structures of power for their own ends. This powerful, compassionate and radical book attracted criticism for daring to mix politics and religion in so explicit a manner, but was also welcomed by those who had the capacity to see that its agenda was nothing more nor less than to give "good news to the poor", and redeem God's people from bondage.

The Liberating Stories of Jesus

The Liberating Stories of Jesus
Author: Francis W. Vanderwall
Pages: 156
ISBN: 1603831428
Available:
Release: 2008-11-01
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This book is a detailed presentation of the liberating stories of Jesus. They are offered in the context of the cultural, societal, economic, political and religious background against which Jesus proclaimed the imminence of the coming of the Kingdom of God. The purpose of this work is to immerse readers into a hearing of Jesus' parables from the perspective of 1st century Palestine so that their radical demands for personal conversion can be heard anew, as if for the first time. Hence, it ought to leave us all rather uncomfortable for who amongst us has converted to the ways of the Kingdom? Yet, who amongst us does not want to? This book tells you how. It represents a challenge to the Christian believer to clarify his or her Christian faith in the light of the ippsissimus verbum (The very word) of Jesus. A prayer exercise is offered at the end of each Parable to help personalize its point.

Analysis of Liberation Theology

Analysis of Liberation Theology
Author: Nadiia Kudriashova
Pages: 18
ISBN: 9783668922051
Available:
Release: 2019-04-11
Editor: GRIN Verlag
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Essay from the year 2017 in the subject Theology - Comparative Religion Studies, grade: MA, Yale University, language: English, abstract: This work focuses on liberation theology. The relevance of the study is determined by the fact that the variability of Christianity in the modern period has increased and made it extremely dependent on social processes. The all-human spiritual crisis promotes the spread of so-called "religiosity without faith." In some cases, this happens not spontaneously, but through the active transformation of the traditional religious system. More and more extremist and nationalist groupings turn to Christianity as an ideological basis, while they modify Christian theology in such a way that it justifies their methods of political struggle and supports their slogans. These groups rely on the experience of building similar ideologies using the dominant Christian confession as a religious component, namely, liberation theology. Liberation theology or, otherwise, political theology is a modification of Christianity used by freedom fighters as an ideology. In fact, it is a specialized consciousness of a separate social group, and it aims to liberate members of this group from oppression. The content and characteristics of the liberation theology are determined by the characteristics and interests of one or another oppressed social group. There are several types of liberation theology, in which there are three main ones: Latin American, Black, and feminist, created, respectively, in the interests of the poor, Negroes or women. The future of liberation theology directly depends on how much its representatives can move from ideal concepts to practical conclusions. The Church must take more seriously the problems of injustice and oppression, it must take the side of the outcasts and be a pioneer in the foreshadowing of all kinds of liberation: economic, social, political, and, of course, spiritual.

The Politics of Salvation

The Politics of Salvation
Author: Paul Lakeland
Pages: 197
ISBN: UOM:39015009305692
Available:
Release: 1984
Editor: Suny Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The Politics of Salvation takes a radical stance: it focuses on the significance of the state in the Hegelian system when it is viewed as inspired and motivated by the Christian notion of God. The book thus makes connections between Hegel's political philosophy and his explicit appropriation of Christianity's incarnational mode of thinking. In unfolding the implications of this position, Lakeland shows how Hegel's thought can offer the basis for a non-dualistic account of the human being as religious and political. This conjunction allows for a theology which sees politics as the arena of salvation providing a practical religious outlook relevant to the contemporary world and, in particular, to the commitments of Latin America's liberation theology. The author writes: "If Hegel can be understood (as he frequently expressed himself) as expressing conceptually in speculative philosophy what religion expresses in the form of image and representation, then the covenantal demands of justice and freedom from oppression, the Christian struggle for a free and authentic humanity, and Christian hope in the kingdom of God, will all find their counterpart in the Hegelian system." Thus this Hegelian political theology can "illuminate the connections between the expectation of salvation and the struggle for liberation."