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The Songs of the Mothers: Messages of Promise for the Future Church [Paperback]

By Joe Morris Doss (Author)
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"The Songs of the Mothers is a powerful restatement of the church's mission in terms of the biblical witness of two women, two mothers. The songs they sang (1 Samuel 2:1-10a and Luke 1:46-55), so similar and yet so different, provide the background for this author's fresh and challenging evaluation of classical theological material. Joe Doss writes from a radical (but not secular) viewpoint, and from this stance he offers a new vision of the church's future that is firmly based in scriptural and catholic orthodoxy. He calls us to move beyond the competitive individualism that is still the legacy of the late Middle Ages and the Enlightenment and to recover a corporate understanding of reality that even has traces of sacramentalism and transcendence. Here he shows us deeper Christian dimensions of such themes as justice, mission, ministry, and community. The Songs of the Mothers speaks to a church that is always dying and always in the process of reformation and rebirth." --J. Robert Wright, D.Phil. St. Mark's Professor of Ecclesiastical History General Theological Seminary New York, New York

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In The Songs of the Mothers Joe Morris Doss gives us a deeply personal reading of Early Church history even as he cautions us about such readings, too many of which pursue not knowledge per se, but precedents for--and therefore justifications of--one theological predisposition or another. There are many such contemporary misapplications of our Christian heritage. Two of the most conspicuous have managed to polarize much of Christendom into a false duality between the upholders of "kingdom" (individualist salvation) and defenders of "creation" (social justice and action).

In this tragic divide, Doss insinuates the mitigating wisdom of the "Song of Mary" and the "Song of Hannah," two voices from the Early Church that urge us ever toward reconciliation, as perhaps only the voices of mothers can. Doss, a bishop of the Episcopal Church, sees ample evidence that the church is heeding maternal voices more and more (and the patriarchal voices of hierarchy, dogma, and factionalism less and less). The success of ecumenism is one indication, but there are many others, enough in fact, to convince the author that we may be entering a major era of transformation of our faith. Doss urges us to cleave to the reminders from our past that we belong to one another and to God; that we are fully empowered by baptism to serve as ministers of God and as inheritors of all God's creation, earthly and heavenly. Listen rightly--the author believes--and we usher in a joyous Christian reformation; listen wrongly and we risk a Christian deformation.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Church Publishing
Pages   230
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.42" Width: 6.2" Height: 0.93"
Weight:   1.34 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 2002
Publisher   Church Publishing
ISBN  0898693802  
ISBN13  9780898693805  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! retired Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, was rector of Grace Episcopal Church in New Orleans from 1971 to 1985. The author of The Death Penalty, The Songs of the Mothers, and the play Earnest, he lives in Mandeville, Louisiana.

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A Significant New Book for the Church  Feb 11, 2003
This very readable new book is one of importance for active lay people as well as clergy. It honestly confronts the issues facing the church in our time and puts them in the context of the church's long history of reform and struggle to respond to the new reality presented to each generation. Although written by an Episcopalian, it is written for the whole church. Don't miss it! We will be discussing "The Songs of the Mothers" for years to come.
Dr. McCarty's Review of The Songs of the Mothers  Jan 20, 2003
I have recently had the pleasure of reading Bishop Joe Morris Doss's book The Songs of the Mothers. Rarely have I had such an interesting and enlightening experience. Bishop Doss writes in the Southern style of a Faulkner or a Morris and has the flow of a novel. He presents a clear and concise view of theology without being tedious. A thoroughly enjoyable read, and destined to be required reading for all those studying for holy orders; I regret that The Songs of the Mothers wasn't available to me during my studies for the Episcopal priesthood.

The Venerable Charles G. McCarty, D.D.
Anglican Archdeacon of Louisiana


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