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Overview page. Subjects: Social Sciences — Arts and Humanities.

Many sociological and anthropological definitions exist, but most tend to privilege some combination of small-scale, relative boundedness, strong affective ties, traditionalism, and...

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Community as Centering Category

Anthony B. Pinn.

in The End of God-Talk

January 2012; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Theology. 7817 words.

Moving beyond the idea of God as the core of theological inquiry, this chapter advocates for a sense of community as the center of humanist theology. Community here is a reference to more...

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Companionship and Community

Peter Dula.

in Cavell, Companionship, and Christian Theology

November 2010; p ublished online January 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Theology. 11068 words.

This chapter compares Stanley Cavell's moral philosophy to Alasdair MacIntyre's influential variety of communitarianism. It argues that Cavell shares with MacIntyre a vigorous critique of...

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The Eleuthero Community

Jennifer M. McBride.

in The Church for the World

December 2011; p ublished online May 2012 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Theology. 13496 words.

Part III offers two ethnographic case studies that provide detailed pictures of how church-communities conformed to Christ may witness to Christ in a non-triumphal manner. Chapter six...

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Spontaneous Ecclesial Communities

Gerd-Rainer Horn.

in The Spirit of Vatican II

August 2015; p ublished online August 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Christianity; Christian Theology. 26063 words.

Another major innovation of second wave Left Catholicism in Western Europe was the sudden emergence of countless base communities. First in Italy, then in Spain and France, then literally...

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The Ethic We Need: Community Matrix

Larry L. Rasmussen.

in Earth-honoring Faith

November 2012; p ublished online January 2013 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Theology. 13251 words.

Humans are bio-social and eco-social creatures by birth. But morality as learning to live together well is not innate. There is no “app” for good moral judgment. Communities of various...

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The Gospel in Evangelical Communities

Ted A. Campbell.

in The Gospel in Christian Traditions

February 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Theology. 9352 words.

Chapter 4 discusses how the gospel message has been transmitted in Evangelical churches and communities, which the chapter defines as churches that emphasize the unmediated authority of the...

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Theologizing for the Yoga Community?

Stephanie Corigliano.

in How to Do Comparative Theology

December 2017; p ublished online May 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Theology. 11011 words.

Stephanie Corigliano addresses the issues of religious belonging and commitment by comparing and contrasting “rooted” and “aerial” modes of comparative theology. Corigliano first examines...

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Messianic Ethics and Diaspora Communities

P. Travis Kroeker.

in Religious Voices in Public Places

October 2009; p ublished online September 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Theology. 9962 words.

This chapter argues that most forms of political liberalism — including those of theorists such as Jeffrey Stout who are receptive to the consideration of religious reasons and theological...

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The Gospel in Proto-Orthodox Christian Communities

Ted A. Campbell.

in The Gospel in Christian Traditions

February 2009; p ublished online January 2009 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Theology. 6880 words.

This chapter discusses the gospel message as it was transmitted in “proto-orthodox” Christian communities in the first through fourth centuries CE “Proto-Orthodox” communities were those...

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Narrative Expresses Being: An Ontology of the Self in Community

John L. Meech.

in Paul in Israel's Story

September 2006; p ublished online September 2006 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Theology. 13044 words.

Narrative articulates the self, yet the self is not its narrative. Is there a discourse that is not just another narrative but that can articulate the being of the self? At the end of his...

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Justice, Community, and Solidarity in the American Battle over Affirmative Action

Vincent D. Rougeau.

in Christians in the American Empire

November 2008; p ublished online October 2011 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Theology. 10368 words.

This chapter suggests that the way U.S. law approaches race and affirmative action is deeply flawed. This “misrepresentation” has made it impossible for the law to deal honestly and...

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All God’s Creatures Are Communities Like You (Qur’an 6:38)

Sarah E. Robinson-Bertoni.

in That All May Flourish

August 2018; p ublished online June 2018 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Theology. 10706 words.

This chapter builds a careful case for eco-halal meat, using analysis of key traditional sources, the Quran and hadith, other Muslim literature, and contemporary perspectives and practices....

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Love, Bodies, and Others

Michelle Voss Roberts.

in Tastes of the Divine

June 2014; p ublished online January 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Theology. 7438 words.

Bernard of Clairvaux and Rūpa Gosvāmin are both ambivalent about the relation of the devotee's body to the eroticism of scripture; and this ambivalence is directed against “others” of their...

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Public Theology: A Feminist View of Political Subjectivity and Praxis

Rosemary P. Carbine.

in Questioning the Human

August 2014; p ublished online January 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Theology. 6511 words.

This chapter takes up the challenge of non-Western voices for theology’s political relevance, more specifically for elaborating a constructive feminist public theology. Rosemary P. Carbine...

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Fury as a Religious Sentiment

Michelle Voss Roberts.

in Tastes of the Divine

June 2014; p ublished online January 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Theology. 7808 words.

This chapter widens the scope of inquiry to an emotion that is not ordinarily treated as religious: anger or fury (raudra rasa). Anger, a sentiment often discouraged in religions oriented...

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Desire, Mimetic Theory, and Original Sin

Wilhelm Guggenberger.

in Questioning the Human

August 2014; p ublished online January 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Theology. 7770 words.

Relationality and culture are themselves highly ambiguous phenomena as theological ethicist Wilhelm Guggenberger reminds us in this chapter. Drawing on René Girard’s attempt to reveal the...

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The Perfection of Habit

David Decosimo.

in Ethics as a Work of Charity

June 2014; p ublished online January 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Theology. 15797 words.

This chapter reconstructs Thomas’s account of habit demonstrating its philosophical plausibility, tracing its textual origins, and displaying its capacity to bring distinctively human...

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Freedom, Community, and Language

Oliver Davies.

in The Testimony of the Spirit

June 2017; p ublished online April 2017 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Theology; Philosophy of Religion. 8474 words.

An understanding of the Spirit of God often suffers from lack of clarity concerning the relation between the material world and immateriality, including such things as nous, pneuma, and...

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Joachim Wach between the George Circle and Weber’s Typology of Religious Communities

Hans G. Kippenberg.

in Hermeneutics, Politics, and the History of Religions

February 2010; p ublished online May 2010 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Theology. 8265 words.

Kippenberg explores the differing contexts within which Joachim Wach’s thought has been situated: those of Max Weber and the George Circle. Kippenberg demonstrates the ambiguous...

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The Church as Countercommunity

Stephen Charles Mott.

in Biblical Ethics and Social Change

August 2011; p ublished online March 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Christian Theology. 5055 words.

This chapter examines the importance of Christian community in providing necessary support for the individual in mission and as a visible sign of the new community God is creating. It first...

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