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In response to a variety of critical intellectual currents (post-colonial, post-modern, and post-liberal) scholars in Christian theology and ethics are increasingly taking up the tools of ethnography as a means to ask fundamental moral questions and to make more compelling and credible moral claims. Privileging particularity, rather than the more traditional effort to achieve universal or at least generalizable norms in making claims regarding the Christian life, echoes the most fundamental insight of the ...
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Ethnography as Christian Theology and Ethics

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Overview

In response to a variety of critical intellectual currents (post-colonial, post-modern, and post-liberal) scholars in Christian theology and ethics are increasingly taking up the tools of ethnography as a means to ask fundamental moral questions and to make more compelling and credible moral claims. Privileging particularity, rather than the more traditional effort to achieve universal or at least generalizable norms in making claims regarding the Christian life, echoes the most fundamental insight of the Christian traditionGÇöthat God is known most fully in Jesus of Nazareth. Echoing this scandal of particularity at the heart of the Christian tradition, theologians and ethicists involved in ethnographic research draw on the particular to seek out answers to core questions of their discipline: who God is and how we become the people we are, how to conceptualize moral agency in relation to God and the world, and how to flesh out the content of conceptual categories such as justice that help direct us in our daily decisions and guiding institutions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441126269
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,172,162
  • File size: 2 MB

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Dr. Christian Scharen is Assistant Professor at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, USA where he teaches worship and practical theology. A leading scholar working at the intersection of ethnography and theology, he writes in the areas of worship, ethics, ecclesiology and popular culture. He is the author of several books and scholarly articles, including the forthcoming Broken Hallelujahs (Brazos 2011).




Dr. Aana Marie Vigen is Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Loyola University Chicago. Her areas of expertise bring ethnographic methods into conversation with medical ethics, feminist ethics, Protestant ethics, and white-anti racism commitments. She is the author of Women, Ethics, and Inequality in U.S. Healthcare: "To Count among the Living"(2006; new edition forthcoming in 2011) and co-editor of God, Science, Sex, Gender: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Christian Ethics (2010) along with several articles.
Dr. Christian Scharen is Assistant Professor at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, MN, USA where he teaches worship and practical theology. A leading scholar working at the intersection of ethnography and theology, he writes in the areas of worship, ethics, ecclesiology and popular culture. He is the author of several books and scholarly articles, including the forthcoming Broken Hallelujahs (Brazos 2011).




Dr. Aana Marie Vigen is Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Loyola University Chicago. Her areas of expertise bring ethnographic methods into conversation with medical ethics, feminist ethics, Protestant ethics, and white-anti racism commitments. She is the author of Women, Ethics, and Inequality in U.S. Healthcare: "To Count among the Living"(2006; new edition forthcoming in 2011) and co-editor of God, Science, Sex, Gender: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Christian Ethics (2010) along with several articles.

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Table of Contents

About the ContributorsForeword by Mary McClintock FulkersonPreface: Blurring Boundaries Part One: Prolegomena1. What is Ethnography?2. The Ethnographic Turn in Theology and Ethics 3. Critiques of the Use of Social Science in Theology and Ethics 4. Theological Justifications for Turning to Ethnography Part Two: Exemplars5. Jeffery Tribble, Sr. 'Ethnographic Research on African American Pastoral Leadership and Congregations'6. Emily Reimer-Barry, 'The Listening Church: How Ethnography Can Transform Catholic Ethics'7. Robert P. Jones, 'Ethnography as Revelation: Witnessing in History, Faith and Sin&'8. Melissa Browning, 'Theology and Morality on the Streets: An Examination of the Beliefs and Moral Formation of Street Children in Light of Christianity and African Traditional Religions'9. Andrea Vicini, S. J., 'Living with Indigenous Communities in Chiapas, Mexico: The Transformative Power of Poverty and Suffering'10. Todd Whitmore, 'Whiteness Made Visible: A Theo-Critical Ethnography in Acoliland'11. Peter R. Gathje, 'The Cost of Virtue: What Power in the Open Door Community Might Speak to Virtue Ethics'Part Three: Method 12.Benedictions: For Those Willing to Give Ethnography a TryBibliography Index
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