Vital Christianity: Spirituality, Justice, and Christian Practice

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David L. Weaver-Zercher, William H. Willimon
A&C Black, Aug 23, 2005 - Religion - 248 pages
In theory and in practice, Christians often sever spirituality from social justice. As a counterbalance, this collection of essays explores ways to connect these two spheres of corporate and individual faithfulness. The contributors recognize that even the very definition of these terms can sharply divide one from the other. For instance, some Christians assume that spirituality refers to the "inner life" whereas social justice refers to the "outer life," perhaps further equating the former with passive Christianity and the latter with active Christianity. Similarly, some define spirituality as the maintenance of one's "vertical relationship" with God, contrasting it to the notion of nurturing compassionate "horizontal relationships" with the people one encounters in life. Vital Christianity seeks to challenge these debilitating distinctions by exploring the numerous threads that can and should connect these two components of holistic Christian living. This volume provides both a critique of the persistent division between spirit and body in the contemporary church and constructive, theologically responsible suggestions for overcoming that bifurcation. While a number of fine books rooted in the Roman Catholic tradition have addressed this issue, to our knowledge no companion work exists that is written largely from a Protestant perspective. Employing sensitivity to the sources of the Christian tradition as well as the practice of discipleship in the real world, the contributors to this volume seek solid ground on which to build bridges between spirituality and social justice. Organized to highlight both significant conceptual and theological issues, as well as applications to various dimensions of the Christian life, these essays offer penetrating insights from different vantage points into how contemporary believers can connect spirituality and social justice>
 

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Contents

CONCEPTUALIZED
7
Reclaiming Biblical Transcendence
23
The Love of God as the Source of Spirituality and Social Justice
36
THEOLOGICAL RESOURCES
47
Ecclesial Discipleship and the Unity of Spirituality and Social Justice
59
Holistic Spirituality as Witness
72
HISTORICAL RESOURCES FOR CONNECTING
89
Deconstruction Messianic Hope and Just Action
126
Learning to See The Sacralized Vision
154
Lukes Songs as Melodies of the Marginalized
167
Food for the Journey
177
The Spirituality of Eating Together
188
Christian SabbathKeeping and the Desire
201
Challenging Legacies of Economic Oppression and Religious
213
Cura Personalis The Matrix for Social Justice
225
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CONNECTING SPIRITUALITY AND SOCIAL
139

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About the author (2005)

David Weaver-Zercher is Associate Professor of Religious History at Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania. He is the author of The Amish in the American Imagination and the editor of Minding the Church: Scholarship in the Anabaptist Tradition. The Reverend Dr. William Willimon is Bishop of the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church and the author of fifty books, including Worship as Pastoral Care.

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