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God's providence and randomness in nature : scientific and theological perspectives by Robert J Russell( )

2 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Critical study of sacred texts( Book )

4 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sikh studies : comparative perspectives on a changing tradition : working papers from the Berkeley conference on Sikh studies by Mark Juergensmeyer( Book )

3 editions published in 1979 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bearing witness : wearing a broken indigene heart on the sleeve of the missio dei by Carmen Rae Lansdowne( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation constructs an indigenous theology of mission by interrogating the general differences between Western epistemological traditions influential in Christian theology and indigenous epistemologies and ways they could broaden Christian missiological discourse. By employing the pedagogical and political ethics of indigenous worldviews and an intercultural theology, the dissertation seeks to reframe three main (largely unspoken) undercurrents in missiology to date: 1) in church and society, what the global north has given to the global south has always been conditional (specifically expectations of realignment to hegemonic perspectives and practices); 2) that dialogue between the dominant and marginalized has been to solve indigenous 'problems'; and 3) that the current world economic perspective based on competition for scarce resources is not life-giving. The indigenous intercultural theology proposed offers the following three responses: 1) that the current 'dependency' model of missiology is unsustainable; 2) that dialogue between the dominant and the oppressed is the end, not a means to an end; and 3) that acknowledging differences doesn't present a challenging competition for resources, but rather changes the discourse to say that the world hold enough resources for all. The first chapter summarizes the context of indigenous peoples in Canada and sets out the methodology and states that intercultural dialogue in the objective. Chapter Two sets out some of the problematic Western epistemological traditions that have influenced Christian theology and offers counter-narratives from an indigenous epistemological perspective. Chapter Three raises questions that warrant responses from contemporary missiology. Chapter Four starts to integrate the indigenous epistemological perspectives from Chapter Two with the missiological issues outlined in Chapter Three, recognizing the risks in writing missiology from an indigenous perspective. Chapter Five addresses the heart of the constructive theological task of the dissertation by highlighting the strengths of indigenous Christian perspectives to answer: If indigenous hearts are broken by Christianity, what is it in Christian theology that is life giving at all? Chapter Six presents a conclusion and an invitation for intercultural dialogue
In Jewish pursuit of justice : using critical pedagogy and critical whiteness studies to teach Israel/Palestine in the United States by Elizabeth Tauba Ingenthron( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation accomplishes two primary goals: 1) according to the principles of critical pedagogy, articulate the Jewish position in the radically-structured world as understood through the theoretical lens of critical whiteness studies, particularly in the United States and Israel/Palestine; and 2) propose a critical pedagogical approach to teaching about this topic in a university setting in the United States. One assumption of this work is that we live in a world structured by heteropatriarchy and white supremacy and that there is no outside to these systems. I focus in particular on white supremacy and the problem of racial oppression in relationship with the Jewish people in the United States and Israel/Palestine. A second assumption is that education is one means of creating the possibility for liberation in our society. Education in itself will not effect liberation but through critical pedagogy we can become more accurately aware of the world we live in and the role that we might play in transforming this world. This is the third assumption, that is, there is no neutral position in this world. Whatever we do, we are participating in societal systems, institutions, policies and practices that either advance and maintain the status quo, or somehow challenge or alter this reality. Therefore as teachers and students we can choose whether or not to take accountability in whatever way that we can to co-create the world that we want to share with each other. A final assumption through this work is the critical pedagogical teaching that we make this world. In this dissertation, I speak from a Jewish perspective and consider the Jewish location within a world structured by white supremacy -- not just to know reality but to change it. Whatever our social location, there are actions that we can take to play a role in the transformation of the world. The classroom is one place where we can realize that this is so
Reflections of the divine : Muslim, Christian and Jewish images on luster glazed ceramics in late medieval Iberia by Nada Velimirović( )

2 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 69 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This investigation of Iberian luster glazed ceramics examines religious decorative motifs and their meaning by using a methodology that combines material culture studies and art history. Material culture studies seeks: (1) To find value and meaning in everyday objects; and (2) To introduce the understanding that visual motifs communicate in a different way than texts. Additions from art historians augment the conceptual framework: (1) Alois Riegl's concept of Kunstwollen -- that every artistic expression and artifact that is produced is a distillation of the entirety of creator's worldview; and (2) Oleg Grabar's definition of Islamic art as one that overpowers and transforms ethnic or geographical tradition. In this dissertation, religious decorative elements on Iberian luster glazed ceramics are categorized as: (1) Floral and vegetative motifs; (2) Geometric symbols; (3) Figurative images; (4) Christian family coats of arms; and (5) Calligraphic inscriptions. This dissertation will demonstrate how Muslim, Christian and Jewish artisans used and combined the visual expressions of their respective faith traditions in motifs that appear on luster glazed ceramics created in the Iberian Peninsula under both Islamic and Christian ruled territories. Investigation of objects previously deemed not worthy of scholarly attention provides a more nuanced understanding of how religious co-existence (convivencia in Spanish) was negotiated in daily life
The one, the many, and the philosophy of science : a comparison of Trinitarian and Buddhist epistemologies by John Barry King( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation compares Trinitarian and Buddhist epistemologies relative to the benchmark of scientific knowledge. To this end, it first develops a methodological framework for this comparison and then derives a comparative benchmark from the post-positivist philosophy of science. The methodological framework is developed by combining Francis Clooney's comparative theology with Robert John Russell's method for the Creative Mutual Interaction (CMI) of theology and science. The comparative benchmark is given by the Peircian triadic circuit since this circuit emerges as a methodological invariant within the post-positivist philosophy of science. Trinitarian and Buddhist epistemologies are therefore compared in terms of their respective abilities to ground the Peircian circuit. However, since the Peircian circuit involves a harmonious integration of three distinct operations within a single noetic process, the ability to ground this circuit presupposes a solution to the one-and-many problem. Thus, Trinitarian and Buddhist epistemologies are ultimately compared in terms of their respective approaches to the one-and-many problem. To this end, Theravada, Zen, and Tibetan Buddhist epistemologies are compared with Trinitarian epistemology. These Buddhist Schools have been chosen due to their active participation in the Buddhism-and-science dialogue. Prior to making this each tradition receives a detailed philosophical exposition in which its epistemology is derived from its metaphysical commitment to oneness, manyness, or some combination of the two. Finally, these systems are compared in terms of their respective abilities to solve the one-and-many problem and hence to ground the Peircian circuit. This comparison shows that Trinitarian theology can ground the Peircian circuit because it has a both/and approach to the one-and-many problem and also supports an exhaustive cosmic personalism. By contrast, Theravadin Abhidhamma fails outright because its radical pluralism dissolves the human mind and hence all three Peircian operations. Between these two extremes, Tibetan Madhyamaka and Zen provide a dialectic of oneness and manyness in which the Peircian circuit is neither grounded nor destroyed. For these last two systems, therefore, the Peircian circuit emerges as a de facto structure of conventional knowledge
Shame to hospitality : a post-holocaust biblical hermeneutic by Beringia M Zen( )

2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the study of Christian Spirituality, I examine the dynamics of shame within post-Holocaust biblical hermeneutics and demonstrate how hospitality might function as an alternative hermeneutic. Shame can serve two hermeneutical functions for those biblical scholars who strive to interpret the bible without perpetuating Christian anti-Judaism or supresessionism. First, shame can be transformative. As a biblical scholar encounters a biblical text with anti-Jewish potential, the experience of shame for this potential allows a biblical scholar a means by which the biblical text can be appropriated. Through this experience of shame, the biblical scholar's identity as a post-Holocaust Christian is reinforced and, therefore, transformed. Second, the biblical scholar who experiences shame for a biblical text's anti-Jewish potential might recast this shame through practices of interpretive shaming. These practices stigmatize the biblical text, general readers, and Christianity for their complicity in perpetuating Christian anti-Judaism. Practices of stigmatizing shaming can be problematic because, through the process of shaming, the text, its readers, and Christianity are deemed to be flawed without hope for reform. One way to end this cycle of shaming is to develop interpretive practices that transignify shame. Through such practices, a biblical scholar might still experience shame for a biblical text's anti-Jewish potential, but this shame is not recast. One option for the transignification of shame is through the use of interpretive practices of hospitality. These interpretive practices encourage a post-Holocaust biblical interpreter to approach a biblical text's anti-Jewish potential with a spirit of openness while still setting limits for acceptable interpretation. In order to demonstrate this hermeneutic of hospitality, I use the interpretive practices of hospitality to provide a post-Holocaust interpretation of Rublev's Trinity icon and Genesis 18:1-15
'Overlapping membership' and the two natures of Jesus Christ : a nonsupersessionist Christology by Susannah Kayko Driedger Hesslein( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A theological approach to healing and growth : for those affected by moral injury, operational stress, and trauma by Christopher M Hansen( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study explores issues of internal moral conflict, moral injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PDST), from the lens of a developed theological anthropology which finds its foundation in Paul Tillich, Wolfhart Pannenberg, and Karl Rahner. This dissertation tests the theory that operational and combat stress experienced by military service members strains the imago Dei by numbing the human ability for connection and transcendence and, thus, necessitates a "rehumanizing" journey of healing through reconnection with God and others. In order to better care for military service members, a new framework for sin is created which addresses issues of generalized estrangement and personal sin from the context of combat operations. This includes examining military training, killing, and issues of justice to clearly present the current psychological and spiritual challenges within the realm of morality, as experienced by service members. From this foundation, a theology of growth is constructed based on a synthesis of theological anthropologys from various traditions which better resonate with service members' experiences, and then draws connections with current psychological work in posttraumatic growth. These connections are then used to evaluate support intervention techniques for effectiveness in the process of rehumanizing, which heals and grows a person from moral injury and allows them to once again experience the transcendent connection unique to being created in the image of God. The journey of rehumanization is part of the quest for sanctification, deification, and New Being. This is fostered in non-judgmental accepting relationships that find their foundation in God's love for humanity and are experienced as sacred glimmers of the infinite
Post hoc propter hoc : the impact of martyrdom on the development of Hasidut Ashkenaz by Robert Paul Galoob( )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This dissertation explores the close literary, thematic and linguistic relationships between The Hebrew Chronicles of the First Crusade and the later pietistic text Sefer Hasidim. Despite a long-standing tendency to view the Jewish martyrdom of 1096 and the development of German pietism (Hasidut Ashkenaz) as unrelated, upon closer scrutiny, we find strong ties between the two texts. Sefer Hasidim, the most well-known pietistic text, contains dozens of martyrological stories and references that share similar language, themes and contexts as the crusade chronicles. Indeed, rather than standing alone, and unrelated to the first crusade literature, we find tales of martyrdom that closely resemble those in the first crusade narrative. Sefer Hasidim also contains numerous statements that indicate the primacy of martyrdom within the hierarchy of the pietistic belief system, while other martyrological references function as prooftext for the traditional pietistic themes distilled by Ivan Marcus and Haym Soloveitchik. The extent to which martyrological themes are integrated into the belief system articulated in Sefer Hasidim indicates that the martyrdom of the First Crusade should be viewed as formative to the development of Hasidut Ashkenaz. A close reading of Sefer Hasidim conclusively demonstrates this premise. Moreover, a similar analysis of the crusade chronicles reveals a wide range of martyrological tales described in quintessential pietistic terms; expressions of the will of God, the fear of God, and the pietistic preference for life in the hereafter, are found throughout the martyrological text. When reading these two diverse texts side by side, we find substantive elements of a common world view spanning the period of the first crusade through the appearance of Sefer Hasidim. This allows us to understand each text through a new lens; the crusade chronicles now appear to be an early articulation of pietistic thought, while the later pietistic text now reads in part as a martyrological document of great significance
Christian funeral practices in late fourth-century Antioch by Carl Bear( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study considers the ways in which the complex debates about appropriate Christian funeral practices in late fourth-century Antioch indicated some of the ways in which Christians' ritual practices embodied their theological beliefs and enacted their religious identities. Sources used to study Christian funerals include the homilies of John Chrysostom, the orations of Libanius, the church order know as Apostolic Constitutions, the historiographic and hagiographic work of Theodoret, and archaeological remains. The analysis of the sources utilizes methods of liturgical history that focus on the perspectives and experiences of ordinary worshipers, and attends to the biases and limitations inherent in the historical record. It also places Christian funeral practices in the context of larger questions surrounding religious identity and ritual in Antioch, especially within the Christian cult of the saints and Eucharistic liturgies. Ordinary Christians and church leaders in fourth-century Antioch had different ideas about how to Christianize their funerals. Criticism from church authorities that Christians' funeral practices were inconsistent with Christian faith in the resurrection were one-sided. Instead, it seems that ordinary Christians had their own ideas about appropriate ways to care for their dead ritually. Especially in the case of mourning and other contested practices, Christians were giving expression to their human emotions of bereavement, loss, and concern for the dead in culturally prescribed ways. Church leaders, such as John Chrysostom, however, desired Christian funeral practices, that exhibited fewer cultural influences and that distinctly demonstrated Christian belief in the resurrection in all aspects of the ritual
The grammar of Christian witness : hermeneutics of testimony in the texts of five nineteenth-century evangelical women by Amanda Kaminski( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 51 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bolstered by personal experiences with God in the context of evangelical revivalism, Dorothy Ripley, Jarena Lee, Phoebe Palmer, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper carried out remarkable religious careers in the public sphere. Framing their storytelling, theological interpretations, and social actions as faithful fulfillment of the Spirit's leading, these women transgressed the conventions of "true womanhood" as taught by the cult of domesticity. Their testimonies constructed new images of holiness, denounced sinful social structures, and patterned new organization of political life based on visions of radical equality. But how does one reconcile the sweeping historical evidence that nineteenth-century women strove to embody docility, contentment, domesticity, and obedience with this emerging tradition of outspoken, dissenting evangelical women who used their personal testimonies to disrupt sexist norms and challenge unjust social structures? This dissertation examines how five evangelical women, compelled by the dynamic hermeneutical process, used the practice of Christian witness to construct their identities, negotiate gendered expectations, and mobilized reform efforts. I am defining the practice of Christian witness as a social activity that involves temporal events with theological, political, and structural orientation performed in response to God's work in the world. The speech act correlates directly with the revelation of Jesus, the ultimate witness to God. As a symbolic expression, the testimony intends to mediate encounter with the Divine Presence to which the story bears witness. This interpretive process of testimony involves a dialectic between meaning and event intended both to make sense of one's personal divine encounter and also to evoke within an audience critical activity that invites participation in the revelatory and interpretive process. My research will show how five nineteenth-century evangelical women performed this hermeneutical enterprise to develop their own theological subjectivity and confront oppressive powers. Using the grammar of Christian witness these women constructed saving narratives in liminal literary space to prophetically irrupt into religious, cultural, and gender norms with a proclamation of faith that carried symbolic critical force
The way to love through hope : a virtue-based model of spiritual growth for Christian spiritual formation by Matthew. A Boswell( )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Christian spiritual formation, as it is most commonly presented and practiced in American evangelical and mainline Christianity, is misguided, aimless, and ineffective. This is in part due to a failure to make the cultivation of virtue the crux of the spiritual life and a clear, compelling definition of love its goal. I seek to remedy these shortcomings by using the resources of virtue ethics and positive psychology to construct a model of Christian spiritual development whose goal of love is realized through the increasing presence in the individual Christian of virtues of gratitude, self-care, justice, kindness, and hope. In the first part of this dissertation I critique several prominent approaches to spiritual development before presenting an alternative approach and structure that appropriates positive psychologist C.R. Snyder's model of hope. Hope provides theological substance and methodological guidance to spiritual formation. In the second part I articulate a goal for spiritual development - love, informed by the work of Jesuit ethicist and theologian Edward Vacek and social scientist Lynn Underwood - as well as a starting point: a love-facilitating understanding of human agency informed by my definition of love and the work of several other theologians, ethicists, and psychologists. In the third part I propose five cardinal virtues that constitute the path toward love, the cultivation of which ought to be the focus of Christian spirituality. I exhaustively and creatively define these virtues and highlight five relatively well-known individuals who exemplify each. I conclude by underscoring the centrality of Jesus to this model and highlighting some implications of this model for existing Christian congregations. In sum, I articulate a virtue ethic of love, provide a strong moral and spiritual foundation to guide the practices and programs of Christian congregations, extend a well-respected psychological construct (Snyder's model of hope) to a new domain (Christian spirituality), develop Vacek's and Underwood's theories of love, put character at the center of spiritual growth with a highly specific but spacious vision of this character, and demonstrate how virtue ethics can be integrated with the spirituality of mainline and evangelical Christian
Berkeley journal of religion and theology( )

in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Laicization in four Sri Lankan Buddhist temples in northern California by Natalie E. F Quli( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The formation of modern womanhood in East Asia, 1880-1920 : American evangelical gender ideology and modern nation-building by Hee-Jung Ha( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion, gender, and postcoloniality : the case of 'Ciudad Mistica de Dios' by Ofelia O Villero( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Alternative narratives in contemporary globalization : a case study of Visthar and Sebastian Kappen by Ajit Kuruvilla Abraham( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Decentering the Ordo, reclaiming the Ordo : revisiting liturgical theology through the Cane Ridge camp meeting by Jong Hwan Park( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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