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What is Christian wisdom for living in the twenty-first century? Where is it to be found? How can it be learnt? In the midst of diverse religions and worldviews and the demands and complexities of our world, David Ford explores a Christian way of uniting love of wisdom with wisdom in love. Core elements are the 'discernment of cries', the love of God for God's sake, interpretation of scripture, and the shaping of desire in faith. Case studies deal with inter-faith wisdom among Jews, Christians and Muslims, universities as centres of wisdom as well as knowledge and know-how and the challenge of learning disabilities. Throughout, there is an attempt to do justice to the premodern, modern and postmodern while grappling with scripture, tradition and the cries of the world today. Ford opens up the rich resources of Christianity in engaging with the issues and urgencies of contemporary life.Read more
- Provides a creative contemporary understanding of the Bible, integrating Christian worship, thought and life
- Includes case studies exploring inter-faith wisdom among Jews, Christians and Muslims
- Brings theology to life in the practical realm, focusing on disability and trauma as well as education and human flourishing
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Recommended by the editors of The Christian Century... The wisdom tradition in theology has made a comeback. Ford devotes a chapter each to the scriptures, Jesus, the Spirit and God, and two chapters on Job and post-Holocaust wisdom. The book ends with studies of three contemporary issues: interfaith relationships, interdisciplinary study in the university and the place of the disabled—the latter drawing on the work of Jean Vanier and the L'Arche communities. Christian Wisdom is delightful to read, resplendent with wisdom ancient and new.
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- Date Published: July 2007
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521875455
- length: 428 pages
- dimensions: 233 x 167 x 30 mm
- weight: 0.74kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: theology as wisdom
1. Wisdom cries
2. A wisdom interpretation of scripture
4. Job and post-holocaust wisdom
5. Jesus, the spirit and desire: wisdom Christology
6. Learning to live in the spirit: tradition and worship
7. Loving the God of wisdom
8. Inter-faith wisdom: scriptural reasoning between Jews, Christians and Muslims
9. Interdisciplinary wisdom: knowledge and formation in the negotiable university
10. Interpersonal wisdom: L'Arche, learning disability and the Gospel of John
Conclusion: love's wisdom.
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