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God And The Gift: An Ecumenical Theology Of Giving (Unitas Books) [Paperback]

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The observation that contemporary theological and philosophical discussions about ecumenism center on the issues of reception and the gift but neglect the basic act of giving is the starting point of God and the Gift. Risto Saarinen asks if we can approach these discussions from the perspective of giver? In God and the Gift Saarinen demonstrates that we do have theological resources that enable us to outline a theology of giving. He deals with basic philosophical and theological resources and outlines some specific modes of giving, in particular forgiveness, sacrifice and thanksgiving, and living by example. God and the Gift outlines a brief theology of giving by employing both classical theology and contemporary discussions. It also points out the ecumenical relevance of the theology of giving. For those who are more interested in particular theological and philosophical topics, some new interpretations are offered for further discussion. Among these are an interpretation of forgiveness as negative giving, a discussion on the relationship between sacrifice and divine non-violence, and a new proposal to conceptualize various types of Christian imitation. These aims are connected with the overall claim that instead of looking at reception and the gift itself we should focus on giving. Saarinen illustrates this shift of perspective with observations and examples. Though not discussed exhaustively, they serve as preliminary signposts showing us the way to proceed.

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The observation that contemporary theological and philosophical discussions about ecumenism center on the issues of reception and the gift but neglect the basic act of giving is the starting point of "God and the Gift." Risto Saarinen asks if we can approach these discussions from the perspective of giver?

In "God and the Gift" Saarinen demonstrates that we do have theological resources that enable us to outline a theology of giving. He deals with basic philosophical and theological resources and outlines some specific modes of giving, in particular forgiveness, sacrifice and thanksgiving, and living by example.

"God and the Gift "outlines a brief theology of giving by employing both classical theology and contemporary discussions. It also points out the ecumenical relevance of the theology of giving. For those who are more interested in particular theological and philosophical topics, some new interpretations are offered for further discussion. Among these are an interpretation of forgiveness as negative giving, a discussion on the relationship between sacrifice and divine non-violence, and a new proposal to conceptualize various types of Christian imitation.

These aims are connected with the overall claim that instead of looking at reception and the gift itself we should focus on giving. Saarinen illustrates this shift of perspective with observations and examples. Though not discussed exhaustively, they serve as preliminary signposts showing us the way to proceed.

Chapters are Introduction: Giving and Receiving," *The Gift: Contemporary Approaches, - *New Testament and Martin Luther, - *Forgiveness and Negative Giving, - *Sacrifice and Thanksgiving, - *Giving an Example - Being Gifted, - and *Ecumenical Sharing. -

"Risto Saarinen, ThD, PhD, is professor of ecumenical theology at the University of Helsinki and a member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. He served as research professor at the Centre d'Etudes Oecumeniques in Strasbourg from 1994 to 1999.""

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Studio: Liturgical Press
Pages   149
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.34"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2005
Publisher   Liturgical Press
Series  Unitas Books  
ISBN  0814630138  
ISBN13  9780814630136  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Risto Saarinen (Dr. theol., Dr. phil., University of Helsinki) is professor of ecumenical theology at the University of Helsinki in Helskinki, Finland, and an honorary professor at the University of Aarhus. He is also an ordained pastor of the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church and an editorial board member for "Dialog: A Journal of Theology" and "Pro Ecclesia."

Risto Saarinen has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Helsinki.

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Top Theology of 2005  Jan 22, 2006
Risto Saarinen is a member of that small group of Finnish theologians who, together, have made a major impact on the international theological conversation. This book will serve to increase Saarinen's reputation as a great and thoughtful theologian. The concept of "the gift" and the possibility of gift-giving has been discussed by many philosophers (especially French) in recent years. Saarinen brings this philosophical conversation into the mix, then moves on to look at gift-giving in the NT and in Martin Luther.

Then things get really interesting. Of course, giving is part of "for-giving", but I hadn't thought of that until he made the connection. Furthermore, Eucharist and sacrifice are part of "thanks-giving". One can "give an example", be gifted, and in ecumenical circles, speak of the gifts we share between communions.

Saarinen gets brief recommendations from two other theologians- Oswald Bayer and Robert Jenson-all three of whom are worth reading because they are thoughtful and pithy. Most of their books are short, but you're glad they are short, because each page packs in so much.

This book is very highly recommended.
 

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