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Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality
     

Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality

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by Richard Beck
 

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I desire mercy, not sacrifice. Echoing Hosea, Jesus defends his embrace of the unclean in the Gospel of Matthew, seeming to privilege the prophetic call to justice over the Levitical pursuit of purity. And yet, as missional faith communities are well aware, the tensions and conflicts between holiness and mercy are not so easily resolved. In an unprecedented fusion of

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I desire mercy, not sacrifice. Echoing Hosea, Jesus defends his embrace of the unclean in the Gospel of Matthew, seeming to privilege the prophetic call to justice over the Levitical pursuit of purity. And yet, as missional faith communities are well aware, the tensions and conflicts between holiness and mercy are not so easily resolved. In an unprecedented fusion of psychological science and theological scholarship, Richard Beck describes the pernicious (and largely unnoticed) effects of the psychology of purity upon the life and mission of the church.

Editorial Reviews

Psychology of Religion, Vol.24, No 2, 2012 - David Jimenez-Cardenas
"...Noteworthy and full of insights, Unclean is a recommended reading for anyone interested in the psychological- and theological- aspects of purity in the church..."
The Expository Times, Vol. 124, No. 8, May 2013 - Marion Chatterley
...The value of this book is that it begins a conversation that needs to be explored. Many of the discussions to date about human sexuality have ignored the impact of a disgust reaction on the ways that people respond to those discussions. A more honest recognition of personal response will allow a more honest conversation. For that reason, I am grateful for the contribution this book makes...
Reviews in Religion & Theology, Volume 20, Issue 4, September 2013 - Sue Dickinson
“Beck’s skillful writing and psychological wisdom make this book a thought-provoking read.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608992423
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
03/04/2011
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
212
Sales rank:
605,817
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Richard Beck is Professor of Psychology at Abilene Christian University. This is his first book but he has published extensively in the empirical literature concerning the intersection of Christian faith and psychology.

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Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
LUVWA-LocalBks More than 1 year ago
My pastor recommended this to me. He has excellent taste. It is a skillful blend of theology and psychology. The writing style is easy to understand for a lay person like me but deep enough to encourage depth of thought for my pastor.