Christian Faith in Our Time
Overview - Jersild responds to a fundamental issue in the theology of the church: what is the nature of our language in addressing the mysteries of our faith, such as speaking of God, or of the incarnation? Advocating a ""modest"" theology in facing the mystery of God, and acknowledging the impact of postmodern sensibilities, he lifts up the metaphorical language of Jesus as the key to a responsible theology. Read more...
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Jersild responds to a fundamental issue in the theology of the church: what is the nature of our language in addressing the mysteries of our faith, such as speaking of God, or of the incarnation? Advocating a ""modest"" theology in facing the mystery of God, and acknowledging the impact of postmodern sensibilities, he lifts up the metaphorical language of Jesus as the key to a responsible theology. Jersild makes his case for a ""faith-based imagination"" centering on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus as God's man who brings a divine, redemptive love to the human story. Theology does not give us a line in the sand that divides the saved from the lost, nor is it the truth that makes all other religions false. This is a book for seekers as well as many church members who harbor questions and doubts about the church's theology. ""Christian Faith in Our Time is one of those rare, wide-ranging, bold, and provocative books that one immediately wants to read again. Paul Jersild is a theological adventurer, taking on all key aspects of the faith, challenging us to think again, to see Christianity as a broad, evolving, and complex set of ideas that can shape, even transform, a life. It's a work of deep scholarship that reflects a lifetime of reading and thinking, yet it remains wonderfully accessible to general readers."" --Jay Parini, D. E. Axinn Professor of English and Creative Writing, Middlebury College; author of Jesus: The Human Face of God ""It is a privilege to read this book. Jersild's work is scholarly but readable, radical, and inspiring. He strikes me as a modern-day Luther, grounded in the church's tradition but not afraid to level an honest critique. Many objections raised against the church's theology are effectively met, and secular humanists receive an interpretation of the faith that is sorely needed today."" --Arthur Diers, Psychotherapist; recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers ""Toward the end of his distinguished theological career, Paul Jersild could have written a two-volume study addressing the challenges of faith in this our postmodern world. Instead, he has given us this short, tightly argued but lucid testament of faith--and we can see all the more. Both seekers and experienced students of the Christian faith will benefit from an encounter with Jersild's deeply probing but consistently accessible explorations."" --H. Paul Santmire, author of Before Nature: A Christian Spirituality Paul Jersild is Professor Emeritus of Theology and Ethics at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, South Carolina. Among his published works are Spirit Ethics: Scripture and the Moral Life (2000) and The Nature of Our Humanity (2010).
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