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Anri Morimoto

This chapter considers the role of tradition in the formation and reformation of Christian identity in twenty-first century Asia. After reviewing the recent publications of East Asian theologians, Robert Schreiter’s argument is introduced to show the relevance of Noam Chomsky’s theory of grammar in understanding the function of orthodoxy. By using a linguistic model, Schreiter explains well the intrinsic relation between faith expressions of a particular local community (lex orandi) and the doctrinal orthodoxy that prevails there (lex credendi). The chapter then takes up the postmodern critiques of tradition, especially as articulated by Kathryn Tanner in her recent book on theories of culture, and finds them unconvincing in contrast to a more traditionalist approach represented by Hans Georg Gadamer. The chapter concludes with the reaffirmation that historical awareness is the essential signature of what is human. Because of the essentially historical nature of human existence, tradition is the only basis on which its reinterpretation and reformation is possible. Tradition thus reconstitutes itself in a fundamentally cumulative manner. The divergent and experimental forms of Asian theology can be viewed as testimony to the breath and vigor of the living Christian tradition.

Calvin's Salvation in Writing:

A Confessional Academic Theology


William A. Wright

Academic writing is not a neutral medium for conveying truth; its powers and faults must be exposed before theology entrusts its mysteries to the academic text. To that end, William Wright, en route to putting Calvin’s Salvation in Writing, institutes a new theological genre, “theography”: theology that “confesses” its academic parameters--with both gratitude and repentance. He delineates those parameters by contrasting the philosophical rationales for writing found in Hegel and Derrida. Drawing on their insights into dialectic and difference, Wright sets out Calvin’s doctrine of justification and sanctification across a shifting written terrain. Observing Calvin’s doctrinal structure thus becomes a path to save academic writing from claiming for itself either too much or too little.

Calvin's Salvation in Writing: A Confessional Academic Theology is the philosophically boldest employment of Calvin to date. Through innovatively mining Calvin’s theology, William Wright designs a new method of theology that will enliven the field.

Unconditional Responsibility in the Face of Disastrous Violence

Thoughts on religio and the History of Human Mortality

Burkhard Liebsch

Carthage, the Inquisition and Counter-Reformation, the terreur of the French Revolution, as well as the colonialist genocides. 16 These fairly heterogeneous examples, according to his analysis, have one commonality: in each of those cases, violence went hand in hand with a state of war or civilian

Martin Kavka

Max Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism , where he uses it to translate the Reformation concept of certitudo salutis . See Max Weber, “Die protestantische Ethik und der ‘Geist’ des Kapitalismus,” in Gesammelte Aufsätze zur Religionssoziologie , 3 vols. (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck

Kelly Oliver

ghetto, and that ghetto aesthetic has become the new art form. Either way, she suggests that there is a crisis of meaning caused by the society of the spectacle that can be addressed through the reformation of intimate revolt – that is to say, reforming a meaningful life through questioning and analysis

Michael J. DeMoor

it very simply, an activity is embedded if it is something you do while you are doing something else. To put it in terms derived from the Reformational philosophy of Herman Dooyeweerd: an embedded activity is a subsidiary activity—which could be an activity with its own individuality structure (i

Roel Jongeneel

than focusing on the relationship between business and ethics, a more differentiated approach is necessary. It draws on the idea, emanating from Reformational philosophy, that there is a multiplicity of norms which need to be taken account of and simultaneously realized (Van der Kooy 1975

Andrew Basden and Sina Joneidy

1 Introduction Meaning is very important in Dooyeweerd’s philosophy, yet Reformational philosophy has seldom discussed it, and even Dooyeweerd did not clearly elaborate what meaning means. He used the terms meaning , meaningful , etc., 3,077 times in his A New Critique of Theoretical Thought

Menno R. Kamminga

up and express an unambiguous “No!” against the current global economic system. A merely ethical debate has become obsolete, and superficial reforms must fail; this “greedy” capitalist system— the cause of global hunger and poverty—conflicts with the creed of the Reformation. In the 1930s, Nazism

Avihu Zakai

Seventeenth Centuries This essay is dedicated to the memory of Sir Geoffrey Elton, 1921-1994 Avihu Zakai Department of History, Department of American Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem I. The reconstruction of the Jews' image within Protestant apocalypse and eschatology The Protestant Reformation