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Lift Every Voice: Constructing Christian Theologies from the Underside [Paperback]

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This updated edition of the classroom favorite confirms its place as the most important systematic theology reader available with a liberationist perspective. Global in its outlook, Lift Every Voice incorporates the voices of North American men and women: Native Americans, Anglos, Hispanics, Blacks, and Asians.

Part 1, on theological method, includes a new chapter by Ada Maria Isasi Diaz on love of neighbor in the twenty-first century. Part 2 centers on God and has a new chapter by Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite. Part 3 includes Rosemary Radford Ruether's classic essay on eschatology and feminism. Andy Smith contributes an exciting new essay, "The Spirituality-Liberation Praxis of Native Women" to Part 4, which also includes Mary Potter Engel's much-quoted essay on "Evil, Sin, and Violation of the Vulnerable."

Part 5 opens with Mary D. Pellauer's and Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite's classic essay on grace and healing from the perspective of the movement to end violence against women. Part 5 also includes pieces by Carter Heywood and Jacquelyn Grant on christology, and concludes with Sharon Ringe and Kwok Pui Lan's essays on reading the Bible.

The careful organization and choice of essays makes Lift Every Voice a valuable book for a wide variety of courses. Its breadth and timeliness makes it possible to show the liberationist implications of the classic theological curriculum.

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Studio: Orbis Books
Pages   339
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.24" Width: 6" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2000
Publisher   Orbis Books
Edition  Expanded  
ISBN  1570751633  
ISBN13  9781570751639  

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More About Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite & Mary Potter Engel

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite is a Professor of Theology and former President of Chicago Theological Seminary. An ordained minister of the United Church of Christ for over 30 years, she has authored and edited numerous works including Dreaming of Eden: American Religion and Politics in a Wired World, Sex, Race and God: Christian Feminism in Black and White, Lift Every Voice: Constructing Christian Theologies from the Underside (co-editor) and Interfaith Just Peacemaking: Alternatives to War (co-editor). Dr. Thistlethwaite is a frequent media commentator on religion and public events. She is a Fellow of the Center for American Progress Faith and Progressive Policy Initiative, and serves as a trustee of Faith in Public Life, and the Interfaith Youth Core.

Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite was born in 1948.

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Voices that needs to be heard  Jan 9, 2007
This book gives you a different perspective of God's relation with the human being and how different people understand that relation. Help you open your mind eventhough you disagree with some writers.
A good chorus  Jan 17, 2004
I first read 'Lift Every Voice: Constructing Christian Theologies from the Underside' for my first theology class in seminary, and it has remained a book I've returned to again and again throughout my seminary career. One of the most impressive features of this text, articulated in the very title, is the diversity of voices contributing to the collection. The contributors include men and women, Asians, Africans, African-Americans, Caucasians, Hispanics and Native Americans. The contributors list reads like a who's who of modern liberation theology.

The contributors are Steven Charleston, James Cone, Mary Potter Engel, Robert Fukada, Bonganjalo Goba, Jacquelyn Grant, Carter Heyward, Anita Hill, Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Kwok Pui-lan, Mercy Amba Oduyoye, Mary Pellauer, Sharon Ringe, Young-chan Ro, Rosemary Radford Ruether, Andrea Smith, C.S. Song, Susan Brooke Thistlethwaite, Leo Treadway, and Victor Westhelle. Just a reading of this list should compel most persons interested in modern theology to want to explore this volume. One of the key elements in the approach to theology from these writers is that they intentionally seek not to speak to or for particular communities (or, even less, the whole of humanity) but rather with and on behalf, clearly identifying their own specific and eccentric starting points.

The theologies herein presented are very contextual, as indeed all are, whether they admit to that or not. They are intentionally communal and praxis oriented, intended not for 'mere' thought and speculation, but to be put into concrete action in the world. The theologies are prophetic and constructive, viewing any and all sources with a critical suspicion that lessens the likelihood of oppression. They are open for revision and growth, and frequently not afraid to admit to not knowing.

One thing obvious from this text is that there is no monolithic liberation theology -- rather, there are many theologies that fall under the heading of liberation, that look for the preferential option for the poor and oppressed of different character. However, all have significant elements in common, such that they can fit well together into the overall systematic framework Thistlethwaite and Engel provide here. The 'classic' categories of traditional systematics are employed, but with new emphasis. The doctrine of God is not a metaphysical examination, but rather a questioning in a more practical sense of who God is for us. The editors move the section on eschatology, traditionally consider 'end things', forward, to show that we are always living in the midst of eschatology, and that we must concentrate on things now, not just a distant, ambiguous future.

The editors combine the rest of the sections under the broader heading of 'Grace' -- creation, sin, Christology, community, healing, scripture. All these fall under the broad definition or influence of grace from God. There are more chapters devoted to dealing with scripture than any other topic; looking at the biblical texts from particular contexts (both the mujerista and the feminist perspectives) as well as the approach by Kwok Pui-lan of the Bible in non-biblical worlds. We in the Western world seem to forget how intrinsic the biblical text is to us, and how foreign it can be to non-Western readers.

This is an important volume, an accessible and interesting collection of essays that provide a good introduction and a good overview of liberation theology for beginners and for more advanced readers.


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