Fragments of the Spirit: Nature, Violence, and the Renewal of Creation / Edition 1

Fragments of the Spirit: Nature, Violence, and the Renewal of Creation / Edition 1

by Mark I. Wallace
     
 

ISBN-10: 1563383829

ISBN-13: 9781563383823

Pub. Date: 01/01/2002

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

Arguing that the Holy Spirit is best understood not as a metaphysical entity but as a healing life-force, Mark Wallace offers a powerful vision of the Spirit as an agent of transformation in a world racked by interhuman violence and ecological abuse.  See more details below

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Arguing that the Holy Spirit is best understood not as a metaphysical entity but as a healing life-force, Mark Wallace offers a powerful vision of the Spirit as an agent of transformation in a world racked by interhuman violence and ecological abuse.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563383823
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.05(w) x 9.03(h) x 0.71(d)

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Introduction1
Ecological Penumatology2
Outline of the Project8
Part 1Methodological Overtures
Chapter 1Theology, Rhetoric, and Postmodernism15
Writing the Spirit15
Postmodern Presuppositions20
Erasure of Self22
Deprivileging of Metaphysics25
Breakdown of Metanarratives27
Revalorization of Nature30
Failure of Theodicy32
Conclusion34
Chapter 2Metaphysics, Neoempiricism, and the Possibility of Religious Belief36
Should Theology Seek to Overcome Its Affinities with Metaphysics?40
Transcendental Theology and the Quest for Certainty: Schubert Ogden43
A Rhetorical Response48
Private Truth and Strong Poets: Richard Rorty54
A False Alternative58
Conclusion62
Chapter 3Performative Truth and the Witness of the Spirit63
The Spirit Is the Lamp of the Truth: I66
Wittgenstein and Basic Beliefs68
The Face in Levinas76
The Spirit Is the Lamp of the Truth: II80
A Kierkegaardian Caveat82
Conclusion86
Part 2Toward a Life-Centered Theology of the Spirit
Chapter 4The Spirit and Desire: Sacrificial Violence and Moral Insurgency91
The Servile Will92
Mimesis, Difference, Violence: Rene Girard's Analysis of Desire95
Mediated Desire96
Loss of Differences97
Scapegoats, Racism, and AIDS99
Double Valence of the Victim104
Questions Concerning the Victimage Hypothesis108
Alternative Theories of Interpretation: Paul Ricoeur and Jacques Derrida111
Traces of the Spirit118
A Corollary Notion of Difference: Michel Foucault's Analysis of Power129
Conclusion131
Chapter 5The Spirit and Nature: The Wild Bird Who Heals133
The Spirit as Life-Form134
Sallie McFague and Christian Paganism139
The Vinculum Caritatis in Creation144
Composting Religion: Jusia Kristeva and Mary Douglas148
"Spirit Is But Thinly and Plainly Clothed": John Muir's Wilderness Pneumatology154
Job, Genesis, and the Promise of Biocentrism158
Pilgrims or Stewards162
Conclusion168
Chapter 6The Spirit and Evil: Eyeless in Gaza (Again)171
Three Genres: Speculation, Narrative, Wisdom173
Richard Swinburne and the Value of Moral Responsibility176
The Problem of Gratuitous Evil179
Ronald Thiemann and the God of Promise182
The Other Face of God187
Paul Ricoeur's Theodicy in a Practical Register189
Is the Spirit Friend or Enemy?198
Conclusion206
Chapter 7Prospects for Renewal209
Biblical Portraiture211
Final Suggestions213
Truth as Inner Testimony213
The Spirit and Boundary Crossing214
Sojourner Ethic220
Aporia of Biblical Faith223
The Green Face of God225
Index229

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