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A House for Hope: The Promise of Progressive Religion for the Twenty-First Century

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Review:

"Coauthors Buehrens (A Chosen Faith) and Parker (Saving Paradise), both progressive clergy, engage in conversation with each other and with theologians ancient and modern (Origen, Barth, Buber, J.L. Adams). Using the metaphors of garden, walls, roof, foundation, threshold, they construct a theological 'framework' that faith communities can apply to stimulate reflection and reform, which will develop communal hope, discipline, and activism. To educate contemporary faithful about progressive theology's deep roots, the authors offer complementary chapters within thematic sections, reviewing historical ecumenical and universalist movements and illustrating their arguments with personal anecdotes. Exploring such religious themes as eschatology, salvation, and sin, the authors provide credible alternatives to traditional biblical interpretations, arguing, for example, that apocalyptic scriptures don't predict Earth's ultimate destruction but a future when God's will is done on Earth, and that humanity needs salvation not from God's wrath, but from the consequences of sin. Closing chapters introduce 'process theology,' which argues that God both abides and changes. This accessible, engaging book may inspire religious progressives to claim their proud history and vital role in contemporary theological conversation." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

John A. Buehrens was president of the Unitarian Universalist Association from 1993 to 2001 and is now minister of the First Parish Church in Needham, Massachusetts. He is coauthor, with Forrest Church, of A Chosen Faith and author of Understanding the Bible.

Rebecca Ann Parker is president of and professor of theology at Starr King School for the Ministry in Berkeley, California, and coauthor, with Rita Nakashima Brock, of Saving Paradise and Proverbs of Ashes. An ordained United Methodist minister, Parker has dual fellowship with the United Methodist Church and the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Table of Contents

Introduction

John Buehrens and Rebecca Parker

 

Part One

The Garden

 

Chapter One: This Holy Ground

Rebecca Parker

 

Chapter Two: Last Things First

John Buehrens

 

Part Two

The Sheltering Walls

 

Chapter Three: Life Together

Rebecca Parker

 

Chapter Four: Restoring Heartwood

John Buehrens

 

Part Three

The Roof

 

Chapter Five: Deliver Us from Evil

Rebecca Parker

 

Chapter Six: Taking Refuge

John Buehrens

 

Part Four

The Foundations

 

Chapter Seven: The Rocks Will Cry Out

Rebecca Parker

 

Chapter Eight: The Changing of the Foundations

John Buehrens

 

Part Five

The Welcoming Rooms

 

Chapter Nine: A Home for Love

Rebecca Parker

 

Chapter Ten: The Welcome Table

John Buehrens

 

Chapter Eleven: A Sanctuary for the Spirit

John Buehrens and Rebecca Parker

 

Part Six

The Threshold

 

Chapter Twelve: No Caravan of Despair

Rebecca Parker

 

Chapter Thirteen: A Call to Partnership

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807077382
Publisher:
Beacon Press (MA)
Subject:
Non-Classifiable
Author:
Parker, Rebecca Ann
Author:
Buehrens, John A.
Author:
Buehrens, John
Author:
John Beuhrens
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
General
Subject:
United States Religion.
Subject:
Liberalism (Religion) -- United States.
Subject:
Unitarian Universalism
Subject:
Christian Theology - Systematic
Subject:
Christianity-Social Issues
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20100531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
9.2 x 6 x .84 in .98 lb

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Product details 208 pages Beacon Press - English 9780807077382 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Coauthors Buehrens (A Chosen Faith) and Parker (Saving Paradise), both progressive clergy, engage in conversation with each other and with theologians ancient and modern (Origen, Barth, Buber, J.L. Adams). Using the metaphors of garden, walls, roof, foundation, threshold, they construct a theological 'framework' that faith communities can apply to stimulate reflection and reform, which will develop communal hope, discipline, and activism. To educate contemporary faithful about progressive theology's deep roots, the authors offer complementary chapters within thematic sections, reviewing historical ecumenical and universalist movements and illustrating their arguments with personal anecdotes. Exploring such religious themes as eschatology, salvation, and sin, the authors provide credible alternatives to traditional biblical interpretations, arguing, for example, that apocalyptic scriptures don't predict Earth's ultimate destruction but a future when God's will is done on Earth, and that humanity needs salvation not from God's wrath, but from the consequences of sin. Closing chapters introduce 'process theology,' which argues that God both abides and changes. This accessible, engaging book may inspire religious progressives to claim their proud history and vital role in contemporary theological conversation." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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