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Migration and Religion (Hardcover): James A. Beckford Migration and Religion (Hardcover)
James A. Beckford
R12,625 Discovery Miles 126 250 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The complex and changing relationship between religion and migration is central to many urgent questions about diversity, inequality and pluralism. This wide-ranging collection of articles explores these questions in different periods of history, regions of the world and traditions of faith. There is a particular emphasis on how religions inspire, manage and benefit from migration as well as how the experience of migration affects religious beliefs, identities and practices. These volumes examine the interface between religion and migration at levels of analysis ranging from the local to the global, and from the individual to the faith community. With an original introduction by the editor, this collection of papers will serve as an excellent reference source for scholars, practitioners and academics working in the field of migration and religion.

Theorising Religion - Classical and Contemporary Debates (Hardcover, New Ed): John Walliss Theorising Religion - Classical and Contemporary Debates (Hardcover, New Ed)
John Walliss; Edited by James A. Beckford
R2,529 Discovery Miles 25 290 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Religion is controversial and challenging. Whilst religious forces are powerful in numerous societies, they have little or no significance for wide swaths of public or private life in other places. The task of theoretical work in the sociology of religion is, therefore, to make sense of this apparently paradoxical situation in which religion is simultaneously significant and insignificant. The chapters of Part One consider the classical roots of ideas about religion that dominated sociological ways of thinking about it for most of the twentieth century. Each chapter offers sound reasons for continuing to find theoretical inspiration and challenge in the sociological classics whilst also seeking ways of enhancing and extending their relevance to religion today. Part Two contains chapters that open up fresh perspectives on aspects of modern, post-modern and ultra-modern religion without necessarily ignoring the classical legacy. The chapters of Part Three chart new directions for the sociological analysis of religion by fundamentally re-thinking its theoretical basis, by extending its disciplinary boundaries and by examining previously overlooked topics.

New Religious Movements and Counselling - Academic, Professional and Personal Perspectives (Hardcover): James A. Beckford,... New Religious Movements and Counselling - Academic, Professional and Personal Perspectives (Hardcover)
James A. Beckford, Sarah Harvey, Silke Steidinger
R2,434 R2,231 Discovery Miles 22 310 Save R203 (8%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

There are many different ways in which minority religions and counselling may interact. In some cases there can be antagonism between counselling services and minority religions, with each suspecting they are ideologically threatened by the other, but it can be argued that the most common relationship is one of ignorance - mental health professionals do not pay much attention to religion and often do not ask or consider their client's religious affiliation. To date, the understanding of this relationship has focused on the `anti-cult movement' and the perceived need for members of minority religions to undergo some form of `exit counselling'. In line with the series, this volume takes a non-judgemental approach and instead highlights the variety of issues, religious groups and counselling approaches that are relevant at the interface between minority religion and counselling. The volume is divided into four parts: Part I offers perspectives on counselling from different professions; Part II offers chapters from the field leaders directly involved in counselling former members of minority religions; Part III offers unique personal accounts by members and former members of a number of different new religions; while Part IV offers chapters on some of the most pertinent current issues in the counselling/minority religions fields, written by new and established academics. In every section, the volume seeks to explore different permutations of the counsellor-client relationship when religious identities are taken into account. This includes not only `secular' therapists counselling former members of religion, but the complexities of the former member turned counsellor, as well as counselling practised both within religious movements and by religious movements that offer counselling services to the `outside' world.

Religion in Prison - 'Equal Rites' in a Multi-Faith Society (Paperback, Revised): James A. Beckford, Sophie Gilliat Religion in Prison - 'Equal Rites' in a Multi-Faith Society (Paperback, Revised)
James A. Beckford, Sophie Gilliat
R927 Discovery Miles 9 270 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This was the first in-depth examination of relations between the Church of England and other faiths in the Prison Service Chaplaincy. It shows how the struggle for equal opportunities in a multi-faith society is politicising relations between the Church, the state and religious minorities. Drawing on a wealth of data, it considers the increasingly controversial role of Anglican chaplains in facilitating the religious and pastoral care of prisoners from non-Christian backgrounds, whose numbers among the prison population have been growing. Comparison with the United States underlines the closeness of the tie between the state and Christian churches in English prisons, and this book argues that it is time to reconsider the practice of keeping ethnic and religious minorities dependent on Anglican 'brokering' of their access to prison chaplaincy.

Social Theory and Religion (Paperback, New): James A. Beckford Social Theory and Religion (Paperback, New)
James A. Beckford
R930 Discovery Miles 9 300 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

This book looks at ways of improving our understanding of religious change by strengthening the links between social theory and the social scientific study of religion. James Beckford reviews the current state of social scientific knowledge about religion. He clarifies the social processes involved in constructing religious and non-religious environments in public and private life. Beckford reveals the importance of these boundaries by referring to studies of secularization, religious diversity, globalization, religious movements and self-identity.

Religion in Prison - 'Equal Rites' in a Multi-Faith Society (Hardcover, New): James A. Beckford, Sophie Gilliat Religion in Prison - 'Equal Rites' in a Multi-Faith Society (Hardcover, New)
James A. Beckford, Sophie Gilliat
R1,630 Discovery Miles 16 300 Out of stock

This was the first in-depth examination of relations between the Church of England and other faiths in the Prison Service Chaplaincy. It shows how the struggle for equal opportunities in a multi-faith society is politicising relations between the Church, the state and religious minorities. Drawing on a wealth of data, it considers the increasingly controversial role of Anglican chaplains in facilitating the religious and pastoral care of prisoners from non-Christian backgrounds, whose numbers among the prison population have been growing. Comparison with the United States underlines the closeness of the tie between the state and Christian churches in English prisons, and this book argues that it is time to reconsider the practice of keeping ethnic and religious minorities dependent on Anglican 'brokering' of their access to prison chaplaincy.

Metaphysics as Christology - An Odyssey of the Self from Kant and Hegel to Steiner (Hardcover, New Ed): Jonael Schickler,... Metaphysics as Christology - An Odyssey of the Self from Kant and Hegel to Steiner (Hardcover, New Ed)
Jonael Schickler, Fraser Watts; Series edited by George Pattison, James A. Beckford, Richard Brummer, …
R2,345 Discovery Miles 23 450 Out of stock

In Metaphysics as Christology, Jonael Schickler presents a major contribution to both philosophy and theology. First he examines the key philosophical problems with which Kant and Hegel grappled, and finds in the work of Rudolf Steiner the essence of a solution to them. He claims that Steiner returned to Hegel's philosophical problems but was better able to solve them. Schickler uses these philosophical debates about knowledge and truth to understand the significance of Christ. Building on the work of Hegel, Schickler argues that Christ has made possible the developments in human consciousness that restore humanity's relationship to the surrounding world. This is a bold and rigorous work that opens up new directions in both philosophy and theology. Fraser Watts contributes the Foreword and George Pattison an extensive Preface.

Muslims in Prison - Challenge and Change in Britain and France (Hardcover, 2005 ed.): James A. Beckford, Daniele Joly, Farhad... Muslims in Prison - Challenge and Change in Britain and France (Hardcover, 2005 ed.)
James A. Beckford, Daniele Joly, Farhad Khosrokhavar
R2,436 R2,161 Discovery Miles 21 610 Save R275 (11%) Out of stock

The growth of Islam in Europe is reflected in the increasing numbers of Muslims in British and French prisons, but authorities have responded differently to the challenges presented by Muslim prisoners in each country. The findings of three years of intensive research in a variety of prisons show that British prisons facilitate and control the practice d of Islam, whereas French prisons discourage it and thereby sow the seeds of extremism. The policy implications of these ironic findings are examined in detail.

New Era - New Religions - Religious Transformation in Contemporary Brazil (Hardcover, New Ed): Andrew Dawson New Era - New Religions - Religious Transformation in Contemporary Brazil (Hardcover, New Ed)
Andrew Dawson; Series edited by Jeff Astley, James A. Beckford, Richard Brummer, Vincent Brummer, …
R2,674 Discovery Miles 26 740 Out of stock

New Era - New Religions examines new forms of religion in Brazil. The largest and most vibrant country in Latin America, Brazil is home to some of the world's fastest growing religious movements and has enthusiastically greeted home-grown new religions and imported spiritual movements and new age organizations. In Brazil and beyond, these novel religious phenomena are reshaping contemporary understandings of religion and what it means to be religious. To better understand the changing face of twenty-first-century religion, New Era - New Religions situates the rise of new era religiosity within the broader context of late-modern society and its ongoing transformation.

Thomas Torrance's Mediations and Revelation (Hardcover, New Ed): Titus Chung Thomas Torrance's Mediations and Revelation (Hardcover, New Ed)
Titus Chung; Series edited by Jeff Astley, James A. Beckford, Richard Brummer, Vincent Brummer, …
R2,682 Discovery Miles 26 820 Out of stock

Could a work of revelation be justified as a viable theological project today, especially in light of some modern sceptics questioning its validity as a doctrinal discipline? Engaging with the work of theologians such as Karl Barth, Paul Tillich and Colin Gunton, Chung explores and justifies revelation and mediation in the theology of T.F.Torrance and argues that Torrance's distinctiveness is able to contribute significantly to current debate and bring a fresh perspective to the theological landscape.

Social Theory and Religion (Hardcover): James A. Beckford Social Theory and Religion (Hardcover)
James A. Beckford
R1,630 Discovery Miles 16 300 Out of stock

This book looks at ways of improving our understanding of religious change by strengthening the links between social theory and the social scientific study of religion. James Beckford reviews the current state of social scientific knowledge about religion. He clarifies the social processes involved in constructing religious and non-religious environments in public and private life. Beckford reveals the importance of these boundaries by referring to studies of secularization, religious diversity, globalization, religious movements and self-identity.

A Kryptic Model of the Incarnation (Hardcover, New Ed): Andrew Ter Ern Loke A Kryptic Model of the Incarnation (Hardcover, New Ed)
Andrew Ter Ern Loke; Series edited by Jeff Astley, James A. Beckford, Richard Brummer, Vincent Brummer, …
R2,108 Discovery Miles 21 080 Out of stock

The Incarnation, traditionally understood as the metaphysical union between true divinity and true humanity in the one person of Jesus Christ, is one of the central doctrines for Christians over the centuries. Nevertheless, many scholars have objected that the Scriptural account of the Incarnation is incoherent. Being divine seems to entail being omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent, but the New Testament portrays Jesus as having human properties such as being apparently limited in knowledge, power, and presence. It seems logically impossible that any single individual could possess such mutually exclusive sets of properties, and this leads to scepticism concerning the occurrence of the Incarnation in history. A Kryptic Model of the Incarnation aims to provide a critical reflection of various attempts to answer these challenges and to offer a compelling response integrating aspects from analytic philosophy of religion, systematic theology, and historical-critical studies. Loke develops a new Kryptic model of the Incarnation, drawing from the Greek word Krypsis meaning 'hiding', and proposing that in a certain sense Christ's supernatural properties were concealed during the Incarnation.

Naturalism and Our Knowledge of Reality - Testing Religious Truth-claims (Hardcover, New Ed): R.Scott Smith Naturalism and Our Knowledge of Reality - Testing Religious Truth-claims (Hardcover, New Ed)
R.Scott Smith; Series edited by Jeff Astley, James A. Beckford, Richard Brummer, Vincent Brummer, …
R2,682 Discovery Miles 26 820 Out of stock

Philosophical naturalism is taken to be the preferred and reigning epistemology and metaphysics that underwrites many ideas and knowledge claims. But what if we cannot know reality on that basis? What if the institution of science is threatened by its reliance on naturalism? R. Scott Smith argues in a fresh way that we cannot know reality on the basis of naturalism. Moreover, the "fact-value" split has failed to serve our interests of wanting to know reality. The author provocatively argues that since we can know reality, it must be due to a non-naturalistic ontology, best explained by the fact that human knowers are made and designed by God. The book offers fresh implications for the testing of religious truth-claims, science, ethics, education, and public policy. Consequently, naturalism and the fact-value split are shown to be false, and Christian theism is shown to be true.

New Voices in Greek Orthodox Thought - Untying the Bond between Nation and Religion (Hardcover, New Ed): Trine Stauning Willert New Voices in Greek Orthodox Thought - Untying the Bond between Nation and Religion (Hardcover, New Ed)
Trine Stauning Willert; Series edited by Jeff Astley, James A. Beckford, Richard Brummer, Vincent Brummer, …
R2,679 Discovery Miles 26 790 Out of stock

New Voices in Greek Orthodox Thought brings to the light and discusses a strand in contemporary Greek public debate that is often overlooked, namely progressive religious actors of a western orientation. International - and Greek - media tend to focus on the extreme views and to categorise positions in the public debate along well known dichotomies such as traditionalists vs. modernsers. Demonstrating that in late modernity, parallel to rising nationalisms, there is a shift towards religious communities becoming the central axis for cultural organization and progressive thinking, the book presents Greece as a case study based on empirical field data from contemporary theology and religious education, and makes a unique contribution to ongoing debates about the public role of religion in contemporary Europe.

Cassian's Conferences - Scriptural Interpretation and the Monastic Ideal (Hardcover, New Ed): Christopher J Kelly Cassian's Conferences - Scriptural Interpretation and the Monastic Ideal (Hardcover, New Ed)
Christopher J Kelly; Series edited by Jeff Astley, James A. Beckford, Richard Brummer, Vincent Brummer, …
R2,671 Discovery Miles 26 710 Out of stock

This book explores Cassian's use of scripture in the Conferences, especially its biblical models to convey his understanding of the desert ideal to the monastic communities of Gaul. Cassian intended the scriptures and, implicitly, the Conferences to be the voices of authority and orthodoxy in the Gallic environment. He interprets familiar biblical characters in unfamiliar ways that exemplify his ideal. By imitating their actions the monk enters a seamless lineage of authority stretching back to Abraham. This book demonstrates how the scriptures functioned as a dynamic force in the lives of Christian monks in the fourth and fifth centuries, emphasizes the importance of Cassian in the development of the western monastic tradition, and offers an alternative to the sometimes problematic descriptions of patristic exegesis as "allegory" or "typology". Cassian has been described as little more than a provider of information about Egyptian monasticism, but a careful reading of his work reveals a sophisticated agenda to define and institutionalize orthodox monasticism in the Latin West.

New Religious Movements and Rapid Social Change (Paperback, New edition): James A. Beckford New Religious Movements and Rapid Social Change (Paperback, New edition)
James A. Beckford
R866 Discovery Miles 8 660 Out of stock

The twentieth century has seen a considerable and unexpected proliferation of new religious movements in many parts of the world, often associated with periods of rapid social change. This volume - now available in paper - explains the development and characteristics of these movements comparatively and analyzes their outstanding features. The contributors shows how rapid social change gives rise to novel religious interpretations and how new religious movements, in turn, try to influence the process of change.

The SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Religion (Hardcover): James A. Beckford, N. Jay Demerath The SAGE Handbook of the Sociology of Religion (Hardcover)
James A. Beckford, N. Jay Demerath
R3,017 Discovery Miles 30 170 Out of stock

"Serious social scientists who care about making sense of the world can no longer ignore the fact that religious beliefs and practices are an important part of this world. Nor can scholars claim to understand religion by adding a couple of variables to their models, anymore than they could understand race, gender, or social class this way. This Handbook is a valuable resource for specialists and amateurs alike. The editors have done an exceptionally fine job of incorporating topics that illuminate the range and diversity of religion and its continuing significance throughout the world." Robert Wuthnow, Princeton University

At a time when religions are increasingly affecting, and affected by, life beyond the narrowly sacred sphere, religion everywhere seems to be caught up in change and conflict. In the midst of this contention and confusion, the sociology of religion provides a rich source of understanding and explanation. This Handbook presents an unprecedentedly comprehensive assessment of the field, both where it has been and where it is headed. Like its many distinguished contributors, its topics and their coverage are truly global in their reach.

The Handbook's 35 chapters are organized into eight sections: basic theories and debates; methods of studying religion; social forms and experiences of religion; issues of power and control in religious organizations; religion and politics; individual religious behaviour in social context; religion, self-identity and the life-course; and case studies of China, Eastern Europe, Israel, Japan, and Mexico.

Each chapter establishes benchmarks for the state of sociological thinking about religion in the 21st century and provides a rich bibliography for pursuing its subject further. Overall, the Handbook stretches the field conceptually, methodologically, comparatively, and historically. It promises to be an indispensable source of guidance and insight for both students and scholars for years to come.

Praise for this text:

"In their introduction to this Handbook, the editors affirm: 'Many sociologists have come to realise that it makes no sense now to omit religion from the repertoire of social scientific explanations of social life'. I wholeheartedly agree. I also suggest that this wide-ranging set of essays should become a starting-point for such enquiries. Each chapter is clear, comprehensive and well-structured - making the Handbook a real asset for all those engaged in the field." Grace Davie, Professor of Sociology, University of Exeter, UK

"In the last two decades the sociology of religion has experienced an intellectual renaissance. The old paradigm of secularization has been replaced with new theories and methods recognising the importance of religion in modern society. The new topics include women and spirituality, violence and power, globalization and glocalization, fundamentalism, identity and life course, spiritual markets and rational choice theory. The Handbook for the Sociology of Religion not only reflects but develops and extends this renaissance. Not so much a handbook but an intellectual feast." Bryan Turner, National University of Singapore"

Piety and Responsibility - Patterns of Unity in Karl Rahner, Karl Barth, and Vedanta Desika (Hardcover, New Ed): John N.... Piety and Responsibility - Patterns of Unity in Karl Rahner, Karl Barth, and Vedanta Desika (Hardcover, New Ed)
John N. Sheveland; Series edited by Jeff Astley, James A. Beckford, Richard Brummer, Vincent Brummer, …
R2,682 Discovery Miles 26 820 Out of stock

This book analyzes the writings of Karl Rahner, Karl Barth, and Vedanta Desika to disclose how each construes "piety" and "responsibility" as integral to each other. Each theologian expresses a fundamental unity of love of God and love of neighbour. Sheveland explores this unity in ecumenical and interreligious frameworks, showing how these authors privilege theology as practice, enactment, or simply as ethical. He uses the Renaissance genre of musical polyphony as a methodological tool by which to explore the aesthetic quality and the similarity-in-difference of the theological voices being compared. Polyphony's application to comparative theology includes the avoidance of caricature, domestication, and antagonism. In place of these is offered a fundamentally aesthetic paradigm by which to hear theological voices in terms of their unity-in-distinction.

Divine Power and Evil - A Reply to Process Theodicy (Hardcover, New Ed): Kenneth K. Pak, Jeff Astley Divine Power and Evil - A Reply to Process Theodicy (Hardcover, New Ed)
Kenneth K. Pak, Jeff Astley; Series edited by James A. Beckford, Richard Brummer, Vincent Brummer, …
R2,671 Discovery Miles 26 710 Out of stock

Evil perplexes us all and threatens to undermine the meaningfulness of our existence. How can we reconcile the reality of evil with the notion of a God who is perfectly good and powerful? Process theodicy, whose foremost proponent is David Griffin, suggests one answer: because every being possesses its own power of self-determination in order for God to attain the divine aim of higher goodness for the world, God must take the risk of the possibility of evil. Divine Power and Evil responds to Griffin's criticisms against traditional theodicy, assesses the merits of process theodicy, and points out ways in which traditional theism could incorporate a number of Griffin's valuable insights in progressing toward a philosophically and theologically satisfactory theodicy. It provides a new and important contribution to a long-standing debate within philosophy of religion and theology.

The Politics of Praise - Naming God and Friendship in Aquinas and Derrida (Hardcover, New Ed): William W Young The Politics of Praise - Naming God and Friendship in Aquinas and Derrida (Hardcover, New Ed)
William W Young; Series edited by Jeff Astley, James A. Beckford, Richard Brummer, Vincent Brummer, …
R2,676 Discovery Miles 26 760 Out of stock

While the revelation of God's name is a central theological topic, its ethical and political significance are often overlooked. In a world filled with violence committed 'in the name of God', how might invoking God's name enable peace, community, and hope? The Politics of Praise argues that the redemptive potential of naming God lies in how this event transforms friendship. It breaks new ground by tracing the connections between naming God and friendship in the work of Thomas Aquinas and Jacques Derrida. Advancing an innovative reading of Aquinas on the divine names, the book explores how Dionysius' mysticism shapes Aquinas' appropriation of Aristotle's ethics, then retraces how Derrida's reading of religion renders possible an alternative conception of friendship. These explorations lead to a surprising convergence between Aquinas and Derrida on the conditions of friendship.

Ernan McMullin and Critical Realism in the Science-Theology Dialogue (Hardcover, New Ed): Paul L. Allen Ernan McMullin and Critical Realism in the Science-Theology Dialogue (Hardcover, New Ed)
Paul L. Allen; Series edited by Jeff Astley, James A. Beckford, Richard Brummer, Vincent Brummer, …
R2,675 Discovery Miles 26 750 Out of stock

Scientists, philosophers and theologians have wrestled repeatedly with the question of whether knowledge is similar or different in their various understandings of the world and God. Although agreement is still elusive, the epistemology of critical realism, associated with Ian Barbour, John Polkinghorne and Arthur Peacocke, remains widely credible. Relying on the lifetime work of philosopher Ernan McMullin, this book expands our understanding of critical realism beyond a permanent stand off between the subjective and objective, whether in science or theology. Critical realism illuminates the subject and the objectively known simultaneously. Responding to criticisms made against it, this book defends critical realism in science and theology with a specific role to play in our understanding of God.

Challenging Religion (Hardcover, New): James A. Beckford, James T Richardson Challenging Religion (Hardcover, New)
James A. Beckford, James T Richardson
R2,681 Discovery Miles 26 810 Out of stock


In the last half century new religious movements or cults of one sort and another have mushroomed throughout the US and Europe. Increasingly these groups have been met with attempts to monitor and control them on the part of the state, and concerns about the protection of religious 'consumers' have been set against the democratic right to religious freedom. In this collection, leading sociologists of religion from the UK, US, Western and Eastern Europe debate the political, practical and ethical issues which arise from these changes in the religious landscape.

The Pragmatics of Defining Religion - Contexts, Concepts and Contests (Hardcover): Jan G. Platvoet, Arie L. Molendijk The Pragmatics of Defining Religion - Contexts, Concepts and Contests (Hardcover)
Jan G. Platvoet, Arie L. Molendijk; Contributions by W.Wouter Belier, Peter Byrne, Han Adriaanse, …
R6,251 Discovery Miles 62 510 Out of stock

This volume promotes a pragmatic, anti-essentialist and anti-hegemonic approach to the problem of the definition of religion. It argues that definitions of religion are context-bound strategies for pursuing a variety of purposes, extra-academic as well as academic. Religions being immensely varied, complex and multi-functional phenomena, they need to be studied by several academic disciplines from many different perspectives. It is, therefore, legitimate and useful that many definitions of religions are developed. The volume has contributions from scholars in Philosophy of Religion, the Comparative Study of Religions, Anthropology of Religion, Sociology of Religion and Psychology of Religion. It has chapters on the polemics of defining religion in modern contexts, the history of the concept of religion, and the methodology of its definition; it includes several definition proposals.

What's Right with the Trinity? - Conversations in Feminist Theology (Hardcover, New edition): Hannah Bacon, Jeff Astley What's Right with the Trinity? - Conversations in Feminist Theology (Hardcover, New edition)
Hannah Bacon, Jeff Astley; Series edited by James A. Beckford, Richard Brummer, Vincent Brummer, …
R2,683 Discovery Miles 26 830 Out of stock

The doctrine of the Trinity poses a series of problems for feminist theology. At a basic level, the androcentric nature of trinitarian language serves to promote the male as more fully in the image of God and as the archetype of humanity, pushing women to the margins of personhood. It is no surprise then that feminist scholarship on this doctrine has often focused on what's wrong with the Trinity, setting out the problems raised by the use of traditional androcentric trinitarian language. This book brings together a discussion of feminist theological methodology with a critical exploration of the doctrine of the Trinity. Focussing on what's right with the Trinity as opposed to what's wrong with the Trinity, it considers the usefulness of this doctrine for feminist theology today. It replaces a stress on trinitarian language with an emphasis on trinitarian thought, exploring how we might effectively think rather than speak God in light of feminist concerns. In particular, it asks how a trinitarian understanding of God might support, and be supported by, key values which underpin a feminist way of doing theology, specifically values which underpin the methodological use of women's experience in feminist theology. The central argument is that thinking God as Trinity need not serve to reinforce patriarchal values and ideals but may in fact promote the subjectivity and personhood of women.

John's Gospel as Witness - The Development of the Early Christian Language of Faith (Hardcover, New Ed): Alexander S Jensen John's Gospel as Witness - The Development of the Early Christian Language of Faith (Hardcover, New Ed)
Alexander S Jensen; Series edited by Jeff Astley, James A. Beckford, Richard Brummer, Vincent Brummer, …
R2,344 Discovery Miles 23 440 Out of stock

This book defends the claims of historical-critical research into the New Testament as necessary for theological interpretation. Presenting an interdisciplinary study about the nature of theological language, this book considers the modern debate in theological hermeneutics beginning with the Barth-Bultmann debate and moving towards a theory of language which brings together historical-critical and theological interpretation. These insights are then applied to the exegesis of theologically significant texts of the Gospel of John in the light of the hermeneutical discussion. Drawing together the German and Anglo-American hermeneutical traditions, and discussing issues related to postmodern hermeneutical theories, this book develops a view of the New Testament as the reflection of a struggle for language in which the early Church worked to bring about a language through which the new faith could be understood.

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