Cultural Transformation and Religious Practice by Graham Ward

By Graham Ward

What's the courting among Christian theology as a suite of practices (liturgies, Bible readings, educational study, doctrinal commissions) and "culture" extra regularly? Graham Ward examines how cultural transformation occurs and the way the practices of theology can impact that transformation in particular. This essay in theological procedure bargains a brand new method of the character of cultural task interpretation.

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In his own reflection on the difficulties of writing the biography of a Christian, particularly a Christian whose work has become so influential, Eduard Busch writes significantly about how Barth himself insisted on the distinction between the person and the theological work: ‘Selbstversta¨ndlich steht fu¨r Barth auch hinter der Befolgung des Rufs zur Sache jeweils ein Mensch. ’31 Illustrating his argument with examples that Barth himself acknowledged, Busch goes on to show how the person and the work are profoundly interconnected (‘verfilzt’) and that the person works within ‘ihrer sozialpsychologischen Bedingheit und Standortgebundenheit’.

173. Philosophy and the Human Sciences: Philosophical Papers 2 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985), p. 27. From what place does theology speak? 34 As such, each agent is situated in what Bourdieu calls a ‘space of social possibles’35 that establish what it is possible to know, do, or think. This historical, material and cultural embeddedness Bourdieu examines in terms of the different fields of cultural production that compose this space of possibilities. 36 What do I mean by ‘field’?

86 Barth’s writing is attuned to the violent reaction against a bourgeois cultural optimism. His prophetic and apocalyptic voice is attuned to a wider cultural iconoclasm. , p. 119. Busch, Karl Barth: His Life, p. 138. , p. 144. See Stephen H. : State University of New York Press, 1991); Richard H. Roberts, A Theology on its Way: Essays on Karl Barth (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1992), pp. 164–200; McCormack, Karl Barth’s Critically Realistic Dialectical Theology; Gorringe, Karl Barth: Against Hegemony, pp.

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