Reconciling All Things

Overview

Our world is broken and cries out for reconciliation. But mere conflict resolution and peacemaking are not enough. What makes real reconciliation possible? How is it that some people are able to forgive the most horrendous of evils? And what role does God play in these stories? Does reconciliation make any sense apart from the biblical story of redemption? Secular models of peacemaking are insufficient. And the church has not always fulfilled its call to be agents of reconciliation in the world. In Reconciling ...
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Overview

Our world is broken and cries out for reconciliation. But mere conflict resolution and peacemaking are not enough. What makes real reconciliation possible? How is it that some people are able to forgive the most horrendous of evils? And what role does God play in these stories? Does reconciliation make any sense apart from the biblical story of redemption? Secular models of peacemaking are insufficient. And the church has not always fulfilled its call to be agents of reconciliation in the world. In Reconciling All Things Emmanuel Katongole and Chris Rice, codirectors of the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School, cast a comprehensive vision for reconciliation that is biblical, transformative, holistic and global. They draw on the resources of the Christian story, including their own individual experiences in Uganda and Mississippi, to bring solid, theological reflection to bear on the work of reconciling individuals, groups and societies. They recover distinctively Christian practices that will help the church be both a sign and an agent of God's reconciling love in the fragmented world of the twenty-first century. This powerful, concise book lays the philosophical foundations for the Resources for Reconciliation, a new series from InterVarsity Press and the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School which explores what it means to pursue hope in areas of brokenness in theory and practice.
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This book inaugurates the Resources for Reconciliation series, a joint venture of the publisher and Duke Divinity Schoola's Center for Reconciliation. The two authors, codirectors of the center, bring perspectives that pair perfectly: Catholic and evangelical Protestant, African and American, academic and practitioner, ordained and lay. Each also brings powerful life experience in confronting oppression and injustice: Katongole grew up under Ugandan dictator Idi Amin and lived near the Rwandan genocide. After growing up a missionary kid in South Korea, Rice worked for 17 years in an urban ministry in Jackson, Miss. Against a background of difference, the two argue for a vision of reconciliation that is neither trendy nor pragmatically diplomatic, neither cheaply inclusive nor heedless of the past. The reconciliation they explain and hold out hope for is distinctively Christian: a God-ordained transformation of the consequences of the fall into the new creation spoken about by the apostle Paul. Deeply theological, this short book needs slow reading by anyone interested in harnessing the power of the spirit for social change. (Nov.)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781458753953
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant, LLC
  • Publication date: 6/21/2010
  • Edition number: 16
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents


Series Preface 9 Introduction 11
1 Prevailing Visions of Reconciliation 21
2 Stepping Back: Reconciliation as the Goal of God's Story 39
3 Reconciliation Is a Journey with God 47
4 How Scripture Reshapes Us 57
5 The Discipline of Lament 75
6 Hope in a Broken World 95
7 Why Reconciliation Needs the Church 109
8 The Heart, Spirit and Life of Leadership 123 Epilogue: Going the Long Haul 143 Recovering Reconciliation as the Mission of God: Ten Theses 147 Acknowledgments 153 Recommended Resources 155 Notes 159 About the authors 161 About the Duke Divinity School Center for Reconciliation 163 About Resources for Reconciliation 167
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