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Self and Salvation: Being Transformed

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Overview

David F. Ford makes a unique contribution to the debate about the Christian doctrine of salvation. Using the pivotal image of the face, Professor Ford offers a constructive and contemporary account of the self being transformed. He engages with three modern thinkers (Levinas, Jungel and Ricoeur) in order to rethink and reimagine the meaning of self. Developing the concept of a worshipping self, he goes on to explore the dimensions of salvation through the lenses of scripture, worship practices, the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and the lives of contemporary saints. He uses different genres and traditions to show how the self flourishes through engagement with God, other people, and the responsibilities and joys of ordinary living. The result is a habitable theology of salvation which is immersed in Christian faith, thought and practice while also being deeply involved with modern life in a pluralist world.
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"[Ford] has given us a challenging and thoughtful book, and one that anyone interested in the conversation between theology and 'postmodern' philosophy ought to read." William Placher, Christian Century

"a detailing and the virtues that a religious awakening" Anglican Theological Review

"...one of the most provocative theological explorations of "self and salvation" in a post-modern key." Pro Ecclesia

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
I Dialogues: Levinas, Jungel, Ricoeur
1 Facing 17
2 Enjoyment, responsibility and desire: a hospitable self 30
3 God, others and substitution: a self without idols 45
4 Language, love and testimony: a worshipping self 73
II Flourishings
5 Communicating God's abundance: a singing self 107
6 'Do this': a eucharistic self 137
7 Facing Jesus Christ 167
8 The face on the cross and the worship of God 191
9 Love as vocation: Therese of Lisieux 216
10 Polyphonic living: Dietrich Bonhoeffer 241
11 Feasting 266
Bibliography 281
Index of scriptural references 287
Index 291
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