Where Mortals Dwell: A Christian View of Place for Today

Where Mortals Dwell: A Christian View of Place for Today

by Craig G. Bartholomew

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A Hopeful Christian Vision of Placemaking

"A unique book. It takes the deeply biblical identification with place and maps it onto our homogenized world to see what possibilities we have for new depth, new beauty, new meaning. I found it unrelentingly fascinating."
--Bill McKibben, author, Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet

"Drawing on scholarship in biblical studies, theology, philosophy, and cultural studies, Bartholomew advances distinctly Christian thinking about place in a significant way."
--Norman Wirzba, Duke Divinity School

"A stunning achievement. The book masterfully surveys the role of place in the Bible, helpfully looks at the role place has played in the Western philosophical tradition, and concludes with satisfying advice, both theoretical and practical, as to how contemporary Christians should think about place as they engage in the crucial work of placemaking."
--C. Stephen Evans, Baylor University

"Ever since Walter Brueggemann's groundbreaking study The Land in 1977 we have been waiting for a comprehensive Christian theology of place. Where Mortals Dwell represents a significant step in that direction."
--Eric O. Jacobsen, senior pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Tacoma, Washington; author, Sidewalks in the Kingdom

"This is a major work of theological rediscovery in which Bartholomew imaginatively reconstructs a Christian view of human implacement. An erudite, readable, original, and fascinating invitation to a theology and spirituality of place."
--Gordon McConville, University of Gloucestershire

"This study in theology that builds from a biblical base and moves to discussions of urban planning, biotic community, and pilgrimage--and even includes maps--may well be unprecedented."
--Ellen F. Davis, Duke Divinity School

"The entire teaching of the Bible about place is represented here in one fascinating overview followed by an intriguing confrontation with Western philosophical thought on matters of place. A brilliant survey of the liberating Christian concept of placemaking."
--Bob Goudzwaard, Free University of Amsterdam

"This book will be an important interdisciplinary resource wherever academic consideration is given to the art of human dwelling or implacement. It is set to become the standard work in this emerging field."
--Peter Manley Scott, Lincoln Theological Institute, University of Manchester, UK

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ISBN-13: 9781441231963
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Craig G. Bartholomew (PhD, University of Bristol) is professor of philosophy, religion, and theology at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario, where he holds the H. Evan Runner Chair. He is the author of Ecclesiastes in the Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms series, an associate editor of Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible, and the coauthor, with Michael W. Goheen, of The Drama of Scripture and Living at the Crossroads.

Table of Contents

Part I: Place in the Bible
1. The Theology of Place in Genesis 1-3
2. Outside Eden: Building Cities
3. The Nations, Abraham, and Journeying to the Land
4. Place, Law, and Ritual
5. Place in the Historical Books, the Prophets, and the Wisdom Literature
6. Place in the Gospels
7. Place in Paul
8. Place in the General Epistles
Part II: Place in the Western Philosophical and Christian Traditions
9. Place in the Western Philosophical Tradition
10. Place in the Christian Tradition: Introduction
11. Early Church Fathers
12. The Middle Ages, The Reformers, and the Protestant Tradition
13. The Modern Period
14. Contemporary Theologies of Place
Part III: A Christian View of Place for Today
15. Contours of a Christian View of Place
16. Placemaking and the City
17. Placemaking in Garden and Home
18. Placemaking and Various Facets of Life
Epilogue: Spirituality and/of Place

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