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Sociology continues to rest upon anti-spiritual positivistic base that blinded sociologists to understanding orthodox religious believer. After exploring the nature of the Christian sociological perspective, an attempt is made to demonstrate value to theoreticians and researchers alike.
Hidden Threads: A Christian Critique of Sociological Theory, provides a framework for making sense of the social world. Hidden Threads is an examination and Christian critique of sociological theory, demonstrating appreciation for the richness of social life and holding in tension those theories that attempt to explain it.
These essays are geared for a wide range of readers from undergraduates to professional sociologists who bring faith commitments to the sociological task. The editors' goal is to provide an understanding of societal forces that is informed by a Christian conscience.
Brings together two disciplines, now considered being conjuncted. Both sociology and theology give an account of the human condition, a majority of sociologists and theologians have dismissed each others views as irrelevant.
In Sociology, A Christian Approach for Changing the World, Christian sociologists from North America share insights into sociological perspective, establishing a framework to critically analyze the current state of the world. The principles experts elucidate help us see ourselves within social context, broaden our vision, and see our world as never before.
Ben Witherington carefully unpacks the concept of work, considering its relationship to rest, play, worship, the normal cycle of human life, and coming Kingdom of God. Work as calling, work as ministry, work as a way to make a living, and notably unbiblical notion of retirement. Witherington's Work engages subjects combining scholarly acumen with good humor, common sense, cultural awareness, and biblically based insights from Genesis to Revelation.
Intersectional Theology: An Introductory Guide offers a pathway for reflective Christians, pastors, and theologians to apply the concepts and questions of intersectionality to theology. Intersectionality is a tool for analysis, developed primarily by black feminists, to examine the causes and consequences of converging social identities (gender, race, class, sexual identity, age, ability, nation, religion) within interlocking systems of power and privilege (sexism, racism, classism, heterosexism, ableism, ageism, nativism) and to foster engaged, activist work toward social justice. Applied to theology, intersectionality demands attention to the Christian thinker's own identities and location within systems of power and the value of deep consideration of complementary, competing, and even conflicting points of view that arise from the experiences and understandings of diverse people.This book provides an overview of theories of intersectionality and suggests questions of intersectionality for theology, challenging readers to imagine an intersectional church, a practice of welcome and inclusion rooted in an ecclesiology that embraces difference and centers social justice.
Evangelicals are increasingly turning their attention toward issues such as the environment, international human rights, economic development, racial reconciliation, and urban renewal. This marks an expansion of the social agenda advanced by the Religious Right over the past few decades. Foroutsiders to evangelical culture, this trend complicates simplistic stereotypes. For insiders, it brings contention over what "true" evangelicalism means today. The New Evangelical Social Engagement brings together an impressive interdisciplinary team of scholars to map this new religious terrainand spell out its significance.The volume's introduction describes the broad outlines of this "new evangelicalism." The editors identify its key elements, trace its historical lineage, account for the recent changes taking place within evangelicalism, and highlight the implications of these changes for politics, civic engagement,and American religion.
The lived theology movement is built on the work of an emerging generation of theologians and scholars who pursue research, teaching, and writing as a form of public discipleship, motivated by the conviction that theology can enhance lived experience. This volume - based on a two-yearcollaboration with the Project on Lived Theology at the University of Virginia - offers a series of illustrations and styles of lived theology, in conversation with other major approaches to the religious interpretation of embodied life. Lived theology begins with a modest proposal: How might theological writing, research, and teaching be re-imagined to engage with lived experience, while still contributing to academic scholarship? The contributors consider this question in a variety of contexts, including towns in Mississippi struggling with histories of racist violence; a homeless shelter in Atlanta; students volunteering with faith based organizations in Columbus, Ohio; churches in the Democratic Republic of Congo; and a college classroom in the Midwest. Answers to, and explorations of this question form the narrative framework of this book. Behind this question is the theological conviction that within the lived experience of faith communities lies a wealth of insight on themes that have long occupied the attention of scholars--morality, justice,grace, reconciliation, and redemption.
A revision of Social Analysis: Linking Faith and Justice (Holland/Henriot, 1983), an Orbis classic that has sold over 40,000 copies, this book fills the ongoing need for the tools of social analysis and the "pastoral circle" approach of see/judge/act, but with updated language and areas of concern. Like its predecessor, it will be a valuable resource for seminaries, divinity schools, college classrooms, and immersion groups.The book presents the basic tools of social analysis before moving on to four specific case studies: the environment, immigration, homelessness, and HIV/AIDS. Reproducible worksheets (of the type used everywhere in Theological Reflection courses) will be included for group work. Includes a foreword by Peter Henriot, which will establish continuity with the classic Holland/Henriot text.
People worldwide find themselves part of overlapping communities of identity and belonging--racial, political, cultural, sexual, ideological. Some identities, like brand loyalties, are chosen; some, like class identity, are imposed. As followers of Jesus Christ, those called to live iln between the age that is and the age to come, Christians ask what it means to be part of the body of Christ, God's new creation from among the nations, in a world filled with other nations. Who--and whose--are we? There is no easy answer, no time at which Christians got it completely right. Yet such questions must be addressed, and the stakes are high. Matters of war and peace, exclusion and inclusion, who starves and who does not, the credibility of the gospel itself--all are caught up in the whirl of identities, allegiances imposed or refused, and questions about what the church might possibly mean in such circumstances.
Sociologist Anthony Blasi analyzes early Christianity using multiple social scientific theories, including those of Max Weber, Georg Simmel, Karl Marx, Antonio Gramsci, Max Scheler, Alfred Schutz, and contemporary theorists. He investigates the canonical New Testament books as representative of early Christianity, a sample based on usage, and he takes the books in the chronological order in which they were written. The result is a series of stills that depict the movement at different stages in its development. His approaches, often neglected in New Testament studies, include such sociological subfields as sect theory, the routinization of charisma, conflict, stratification theory, stigma, the sociology of knowledge, new religions, the sociology of secrecy, marginality, liminality, syncretism, the social role of intellectuals, the poor person as a type, the sick role, degradation ceremonies, populism, the sociology of migration, the sociology of time, mergers, the sociology of law, and the sociology of written communication. Needing to treat the New Testament text as social data, Blasi uses his background in biblical studies and a review of a vast literature to establish the chronology of the compositions of the New Testament books and to present the data in a new translation that is accessible to non-specialists.
Colorfully written by popular and respected sociologists, this shows how sociology evolved, how it became divided from Christian faith, and how Christian sociologists can make sense of this branch of social science.
Intended to help anyone facing the challenge of sociology. Aims to show how the subject itself is based on certain assumptions, how Christians can learn from challenges and deal with them and how they might contribute usefully as sociologists.
David Lyon is a scholar who has done-much over the past decade to advance the case for the resurgence of a sophisticated "Christian sociology" or, as he puts it, less ostentatiously, of "a Christian perspective in sociology".