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Holiness and Liberation

Melissa Raphael

in Rudolf Otto and the Concept of Holiness

Published in print September 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269328
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683602 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269328.003.0017
Holiness and Liberation

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One of the dominant themes in twentieth-century holiness discourse involves establishing the distinction between natural or mundane value and holy value. The focus of contemporary theology and religious studies have shifted from looking into the value of the holy in abstraction to theorizing instead in the context of historical application. The earth is viewed to be the venue wherein we are able to conduct holiness discourse and the numinous disvaluation of the natural is found to be associated with threats of nuclear devastation. Several emancipatory theologians have arrived at a consensus about how the Western Graeco-Christian heritage of transcendental theology and the devaluation of matter veer away from nature and the bodies of sacrality. In this chapter, we explore the elements required for a liberative theology while suggesting how numinous consciousness may be perceived as the dynamic of criticism of modern desacralization.

Keywords: sacrality; nature; modern desacralization; liberative theology; mundane value

Chapter.  10078 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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