Places of Redemption: Theology for a Worldly Church by Mary McClintock Fulkerson

Places of Redemption: Theology for a Worldly Church

byMary McClintock Fulkerson

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The primary aim of this book is to explore the contradiction between widely shared beliefs in the USA about racial inclusiveness and equal opportunity for all and the fact that most churches are racially homogeneous and do not include people with disabilities. To address the problem MaryMcClintock Fulkerson explores the practices of an interracial church (United Methodist) that includes people with disabilities. The analysis focuses on those activities which create opportunities for people to experience those who are `different' as equal in ways that diminish both obliviousness tothe other and fear of the other. In contrast with theology's typical focus on the beliefs of Christians, this project offers a theory of practices and place that foregrounds the instinctual reactions and communications that shape all groups. The effect is to broaden the academic field of theologythrough the benefits of ethnographic research and postmodern place theory.

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Mary McClintock Fulkerson is Associate Professor of Theology at Duke Divinity School.
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Title:Places of Redemption: Theology for a Worldly ChurchFormat:PaperbackDimensions:268 pagesPublished:September 19, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199591504

ISBN - 13:9780199591503

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Table of Contents

I. Theology from a place1. Introduction2. Postmodern place: a frame for appearingII. The practices that make place3. Placing Good Samaritan: formation practices4. Performing gospel: worship practices5. Working it out: homemaking practices6. Being biblical: interpretive practicesIII. What kind of place?7. Good Samaritan Church: the unity of the place8. A theological reading of place

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"This is a profound contribution to the field of practical theology, with a rich and nuanced discussion of congregational studies and contemporary ecclesiology. Behind the descriptive passages, readers will find depth and density. The reflections on post-modern place theory are refreshing andilluminating, calling into question the identity of the local church...It deserves to be widely read and attentively studied." --Martyn Percy, Church Times 19/12/07