Words Made Flesh

Words Made Flesh

by Elaine Graham


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Words Made Flesh by Elaine Graham

Words Made Flesh draws together a number of Elaine Graham's shorter writings and essays and thereby maps out the work of a pioneer theological thinker and the development of pastoral and practical theology in the last twenty years. Elaine Graham considers the theological significance of topics as diverse as nativity plays, science fiction, gender, consumerism, cyberspace and urban regeneration. They all share a concern with the way the sources and norms of the Christian tradition can enter into a creative and critical conversation with contemporary experience in order to generate the 'practical wisdom' by which the life of the Church can be directed. They reflect Elaine Graham's fundamental conviction that theology as 'talk about God-in-the-world' is always practical and public—and that it begins and ends in the complexities of the human condition: where words become flesh.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780334041948
Publisher: Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd
Publication date: 06/27/2011
Pages: 386
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword v

Introduction ix

A Note on Terminology xvii

Part 1 Feminist Theology and Pastoral Care

1 The Pastoral Needs of Women 3

2 Pastoral Theology, Feminism and the Future 6

3 The Sexual Politics of Pastoral Care 15

4 From Space to Woman-Space 27

5 A View from a Room: Feminist Practical Theology from Academy, Kitchen or Sanctuary? 45

Part 2 Religion, Culture and Gender

6 Gender, Personhood and Theology 65

7 Words Made Flesh: Women, Embodiment and Practical Theology 79

8 From 'Terrible Silence' to 'Transforming Hope': The Impact of Feminist Theory on Practical Theology 90

9 'Only Bodies Suffer': Embodiment, Representation and the Practice of Ethics 115

Part 3 Theology and Practice

10 Pastoral Theology: 'Therapy', 'Mission' or 'Liberation'? 135

11 Pastoral Theology as Transforming Practice 153

12 'The Story' and 'Our Stories': Narrative Theology, Vernacular Religion and the Birth of Jesus 162

13 'What We Make of the World': The Turn to Culture in Theology and the Study of Religion 169

Part 4 Public Theology

14 Theology in the City: Ten Years after Faith in the City 189

15 Public Theology in an Age of 'Voter Apathy' 207

16 Power, Knowledge and Authority in Public Theology 223

17 'What Makes a Good City?' Reflections on the Commission on Urban Life and Faith 241

Part 5 New Technologies and Post/Human Futures

18 Post/Human Conditions 261

19 'Big Brother' or 'New Jerusalem'? Anti-Utopia and Utopia in a Virtual Age 279

20 Bioethics after Posthumanism: Natural Law, Communicative Ethics and the Problem of Self-Design 296

21 In Whose Image? Representations of Technology and the 'Ends' of Humanity310


22 Words of Encouragement from One Pilgrim to Another 331

Bibliography 335

List of Publications by Elaine L. Graham 360

Sources and Acknowledgements 365

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