Discipleship and Imagination: Christian Tradition and Truth

Paperback | September 19, 2004

byDavid Brown

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How have the arrangement of biblical narratives over the centuries had an impact on the understanding and practice of discipleship?David Brown's Tradition and Imagination was described on its publication as 'an achievement unmatched by any British theologian for a long time' (Maurice Wiles). In this controversial sequel Professor Brown tackles questions about the presentation of biblical narratives over the centuries, and askswhether it has had an impact on our understanding of discipleship. He explores presentations of Job, the biblical Marys, heaven, and the saints to argue that the Church went beyond purely scriptural ideas to keep the life of Christ continually relevant to a changing society. This book includes newattitudes to suffering and sexual equality, and concludes with arguments for a new way of understanding Bible and Tradition. Professor Brown shows in his consistently open and sensitive way that not only does conflict exercise a creative role in the search for truth, but that the most important typeof truth, far from being narrowly historical, is in fact imaginative.

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How have the arrangement of biblical narratives over the centuries had an impact on the understanding and practice of discipleship?David Brown's Tradition and Imagination was described on its publication as 'an achievement unmatched by any British theologian for a long time' (Maurice Wiles). In this controversial sequel Professor Brown...

David Brown is Van Mildert Professor of Divinity in the University of Durham.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1 inPublished:September 19, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199275904

ISBN - 13:9780199275908

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Table of Contents

One: Appropriating Christ for the Present1. Valuing and Prostituting Women: Equality and Mary Magdalene2. Pattern and Particular: Saint and Novel3. Heaven and the Defeat of the Beast: Social Aspects of DiscipleshipTwo: The Impact of Changing Experience4. Job and Innocent Suffering5. Mary and Virgin PromiseThree: Truth and Authority6. Apostolicity and Conflict: Peter and Paul7. Posing Pilate's Question: Truth and Fiction

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`Brown has undertaken a Herculean task in both Tradition and Imagination and Discipleship and Imagination and rendered wonderful results. His encouragement of the Church to engage fully in ever-developing imaginative traditions is a worthy call and one to be applauded. These volumes arehighly recommended'Literature and Theology