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039737: Who"s Afraid of Relativism?: Community, Contingency, and CreaturehoodWho’s Afraid of Relativism?: Community, Contingency, and Creaturehood
By James K.A. Smith
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Following his successful Who’s Afraid of Postmodernism? leading Christian philosopher James K. A. Smith introduces the philosophical sources behind postliberal theology. Offering a provocative analysis of relativism, Smith provides an introduction to the key voices of pragmatism: Ludwig Wittgenstein, Richard Rorty, and Robert Brandom.

Many Christians view relativism as the antithesis of absolute truth and take it to be the antithesis of the gospel. Smith argues that this reaction is a symptom of a deeper theological problem: an inability to honor the contingency and dependence of our creaturehood. Appreciating our created finitude as the condition under which we know (and were made to know) should compel us to appreciate the contingency of our knowledge without sliding into arbitrariness. Saying “It depends” is not the equivalent of saying “It’s not true” or “I don’t know.” It is simply to recognize the conditions of our knowledge as finite, created, social beings. Pragmatism, says Smith, helps us recover a fundamental Christian appreciation of the contingency of creaturehood.

This addition to an acclaimed series engages key thinkers in modern philosophy with a view to ministry and addresses the challenge of relativism in a creative, original way.

The Church and Postmodern Culture series features high-profile theorists in continental philosophy and contemporary theology writing for a broad, nonspecialist audience interested in the impact of postmodern theory on the faith and practice of the church.

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031359: Liturgy As a Way of Life: Embodying the Arts in Christian Worship Liturgy As a Way of Life: Embodying the Arts in Christian Worship
By Bruce Ellis Benson
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In this contribution to The Church and Postmodern Culture series edited by leading cultural thinker James K.A. Smith, philosopher Bruce Ellis Benson explores how the arts inform and cultivate service to God, helping the church to not only think differently about the arts but also act differently. He contends that we are all artists, that our very lives should be seen as art, and that we should live liturgically in service to God and neighbor.

Liturgy as a Way of Life: Embodying the Arts in Christian Worship works from the biblical structure of call and response; Benson rethinks what it means to be artistic and recovers the ancient Christian idea of presenting oneself to God as a work of art.

Rather than viewing art as practiced only by the few, Benson argues that we are all called by God to be artists. He re-envisions art as the very core of our being: we are God’s own art, and God calls us to improvise as living and growing works of art. Benson also examines the nature of liturgy and connects art and liturgy in a new way.

This book will appeal to philosophy, worship/liturgy, art, music, and theology students as well as those who are interested in engaging issues of worship and aesthetics in a postmodern context.

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The Church and Postmodern Culture series features high-profile theorists in continental philosophy and contemporary theology writing for a broad, non-specialist audience interested in the impact of postmodern theory on the faith and practice of the church.

 

048982DA: With the Grain of the Universe: The Church"s Witness and Natural Theology - Slightly Imperfect
With the Grain of the Universe: The Church’s Witness and Natural Theology – Slightly Imperfect


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838349: Clouds of Witnesses: Christian Voices from Africa and Asia Clouds of Witnesses: Christian Voices from Africa and Asia
By Mark A. Noll & Carolyn Nystrom
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Meet a beloved Ugandan archbishop martyred under Idi Amin, a brilliant Chinese “pastor’s kid” who grew from a restless student into a powerful 1930s revivalist, and other contemporary saints from the new Christian heartlands of Africa and Asia. In 17 riveting, richly researched profiles, Noll and Nystrom give textured detail to the tapestry of global Christianity. 286 pages, hardcover from InterVarsity.

 
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