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A christianity as distinct practices : a complicated relationship

Author: Jan-Olav Henriksen
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.
Series: Rethinking theologies: constructing alternatives in history and doctrine, v. 2.
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Jan-Olav Henriksen reconstructs and analyzes Christianity as a cluster of practices that manifest a distinct historically and contextually shaped mode of being in the world. Henriksen suggests that these practices imply a complicated relationship between the tradition in which they originate, the community that emerges from and is constituted by that tradition, and the individuals who appropriate the tradition that  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jan-Olav Henriksen
ISBN: 9780567683311 0567683311
OCLC Number: 1079055285
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Series; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part I Theory for Understanding Christianity as Practice; Chapter 1 Religion as Orientation, Transformation, and Legitimization of Human Practices in Everyday.Life; Chapter 2 Lived Religion instead of Religion as Belief; Chapter 3 Practices of Orientation and Transformation Are Social Practices; Chapter 4 How Focus on Practices May Reshape Philosophy of Religion; Chapter 5 To Access the World as World: Semiosis; Chapter 6 Ritual Practices as Cognitive Prosthetics; Chapter 7 In Conclusion Part II Christianity Reconstructed: Clusters of Practices Shaped by a StoryChapter 8 (Hi-)Story as Resource for Orientation and Transformation; Chapter 9 The Content of the Story: What Jesus Practiced as the Basis for (Ecclesiological) Practice; Chapter 10 A Moral Community That Stewards the Abundant Gifts of God; Chapter 11 Prayer as Means of Transformation and Orientation: The Example of the Lord's Prayer; Chapter 12 A Reinterpretation of the Scriptures and the Concrete Use of Scripture in the Church Chapter 13 Preaching as a Contemporary Practice: Between Communicative and Strategic ActionChapter 14 Commemoration of Jesus's Practices: Openness toward Both Past and Future; Chapter 15 Puzzles for Orientation: Suffering, Death, and Resurrection; Chapter 16 A Theological Conclusion: How to Practice "God"?; Chapter 17 Is Christianity a Religion? Are Belief and Doctrine Opposed to Practice?; Chapter 18 Conclusion; Bibliography; Name Index; Subject Index
Series Title: Rethinking theologies: constructing alternatives in history and doctrine, v. 2.
Responsibility: Jan-Olav Henriksen.

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Jan-Olav Henriksen reconstructs and analyzes Christianity as a cluster of practices that manifest a distinct historically and contextually shaped mode of being in the world. Henriksen suggests that these practices imply a complicated relationship between the tradition in which they originate, the community that emerges from and is constituted by that tradition, and the individuals who appropriate the tradition that these communities mediate through their practices. Thus, to think of Christianity simply in terms of belief is misleading and represents an underdetermination of its distinct character. Henriksen further argues this relationship needs to be described primarily as practices aimed at orientation and transformation. His analysis points to Christianity's similarity to other religions in regard to the functional or pragmatic dimensions it displays. Examining facets such as prayer, the use of scripture, preaching and doctrine, Henriksen emphasizes that the element that makes a practice distinctively Christian is how it relates to and is informed by the Jesus story.

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Using `practices' as its focus, this book explores the nature of Christian religion in new ways, such as its embodied, material, social and everyday character. Above all it convincingly argues how a Read more...

 
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