Theology and Human Flourishing: Essays in Honor of Timothy J. Gorringe

Theology and Human Flourishing: Essays in Honor of Timothy J. Gorringe

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Synopsis:
This collection of essays is a celebration of the work of Timothy Gorringe. Like his theology, it is animated by a delighted and critical engagement with the diverse facets of human social life, and by a passionate concern to wrestle with the Bible and the Christian tradition in pursuit of human flourishing. The built environment, politics, education, art: these essays by leading Christian theologians ask what it means for Christian theology to concern itself with, to immerse itself in, and to risk critical commentary on, each of these and more. The collection follows the same rhythm that animates Gorringe's work: insistent attention to the Christian tradition in the light of the particular contexts where human flourishing is imagined, fought for, embodied and betrayed; and a critical, constructive and celebratory examination of those contexts in the light of the Christian tradition. The contributions are very diverse, touching on everything from city life to human curiosity, poverty to genocide--but they are united by a passion to make theological sense of human flourishing.

Endorsements:
"How do you respond to one of the liveliest, most daring, and most practically engaged of contemporary British theologians? Inspired by Tim Gorringe's work, the distinguished international group of senior and younger contributors to this volume rise superbly to the challenge. They cover an impressive range of major topics and show that theology can be more powerful when, as here, it is taken in distilled form. Time and again these concentrated essays grip the reader not only intellectually and imaginatively but also through challenges to act ethically and politically."
-David F. Ford
Regius Professor of Divinity and Director, Cambridge Inter-faith Programme
University of Cambridge

Editor Biography:
Mike Higton is Academic Co-Director of the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme and Senior Lecturer in Theology at the University of Exeter.

Christopher Rowland is Dean Ireland's Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford.

Jeremy Law is Dean of Chapel and Reader in Christian Theology at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608997558
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 11/04/2011
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Mike Higton is Academic Co-Director of the Cambridge Inter-faith Programme and Senior Lecturer in Theology at the University of Exeter.

Christopher Rowland is Dean Ireland's Professor of the Exegesis of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford.

Jeremy Law is Dean of Chapel and Reader in Christian Theology at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Table of Contents

Contributors vii

Preface ix

1 The Theology of Tim Gorringe Mike Higton 1

2 Prophetic imagination toward Social Flourishing Walter Brueggemann 16

3 Being Planted: Prophetic Visions of Human Sustainability Rachel Muers 31

4 Tree-Hogging in Eden: Divine Restriction and Royai Rejection in Genesis 2-3 Francesca Stavrakopoulou 41

5 Nonhuman Flourishing? The Liberation of Creation and an Ecological Reading of Paul David G. Horrell 54

6 Reading Matthew's Gospel with Deaf Culture Louise J. Lawrence 71

7 Gerrard Winstanley: Radical Interpreter of the Bible Christopher Rowland 93

8 The Emergence of Schleiermacher's Theology and the City of Berlin Graham Ward 108

9 "There Is No Wealth but Life": John Ruskin and Public Theology Zoë Bennett 127

10 Not Anarchy but Covenant: A Nonconformist Response to Matthew Arnold's View of Religion and Culture Paul S. Fiddes 141

11 Redefining Sainthood and Martyrdom: The Case of Dietrich Bonhoeffer John W. de Gruchy 157

12 Reformation, Renaissance, and Enlightenment: Christian Ideas of Nationalism and Equality in India Duncan B. Forrester 169

13 Does God Care? Dhyanchand Carr 185

14 More, Or, A Taxonomy of Greed Stanley Hauerwas 199

15 Curiosity John Webster 212

16 Charity and Human Flourishing: Some Reflections Drawn from Thomas Aquinas Mark Wynn 224

17 What Are Universities For? A Christian View Nigel Biggar 238

18 Theology, Happiness, and Public Policy Adrian Thatcher 251

19 On Finding Ourselves: Theology, Place, and Human Flourishing Elaine Graham 265

20 Theological imagination and Human Flourishing Jeremy Law 280

Select Bibliography of the Works of Timothy J. Gorringe 299

Index 305

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