Witness Is Presence

Reading Stanley Hauerwas in a Nordic Setting

By Miika Tolonen

Witness Is Presence

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  • Publication Date: 1/7/2014
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Witness Is Presence

Reading Stanley Hauerwas in a Nordic Setting

By Miika Tolonen

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  • ISBN: 9781625640734
  • Pages: 200
  • Publication Date: 1/7/2014
  • Retail Price: $25.00
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  • ISBN: 9781625640734
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  • Publication Date: 1/7/2014
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About-

In a postsecular cultural situation the conditions for understanding and communicating a Christian tradition have changed. None of the established religions can any longer claim monopoly in the "marketplace of religions." A claim of this study is that a postsecular situation characterized, among other things, by dwindling memberships in established churches as well as a new visibility of alternative religious expressions, opens up a need to reflect on alternative ways of understanding Christianity in its context. This study focuses on the question, how can a Christian tradition be communicated understandably in a postsecular context? In traditional terms: how can Christian witness be understood in our situation? It is to this need, according to this study, that the ecclesiology of Stanley Hauerwas provides a meaningful perspective. This perspective becomes relevant because in a postsecular context a Christian church, even a folk church, cannot assume to be in a position of majority or power. There is, therefore, a need to ask how to understand Christianity as a community of witness that is neither in power nor a majority. The study suggests that embodiment of Christian convictions becomes a central factor in a meaningful postsecular notion of witness.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"This book is a wonderful indication of not only the great relevance of Hauerwas' theological-ethical vision for the wider church of Christ in general, but also with regard to particular contexts such as the Nordic lands. Thoroughly knowledgable of the intricacies of the post-secular European ecclesiastical context and the theological nuances of the leading American ethicist, Miika Tolonen's patient and insightful investigation is a call for the church to live up to its message. Indeed, having read this inspiring text convinced me that whatever else it might be, primarily witness is presence."
--Veli-Matti Karkkainen, Fuller Theological Seminary

Contributors-

Miika Tolonen

Bio(s)-

Miika Tolonen (BA, MA, DrTheol) is lecturer at Iso Kirja College in Keuruu, Finland.

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