Theology as Autobiography

The Centrality of Confession, Relationship, and Prayer to the Life of Faith

By Colby Dickinson

Theology as Autobiography

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  • ISBN: 9781532688829
  • Pages: 276
  • Publication Date: 3/17/2020
  • Retail Price: $33.00
Web Price: $26.40
Web Price: $26.40

Theology as Autobiography

The Centrality of Confession, Relationship, and Prayer to the Life of Faith

By Colby Dickinson

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781532688829
  • Pages: 276
  • Publication Date: 3/17/2020
  • Retail Price: $33.00
Web Price: $26.40

About-

Autobiographical writings on faith frequently come from the lives of ordinary persons whose struggles with faith are often lived at the margins of the church, academy, and society. Yet these voices have the potential to reshape the ways in which each of these fields function. To find out what it means to stand before God with all of one’s humanity on display is to engage in not only the act of confession, but to demonstrate a bold theological reflection that needs to be more explicitly understood. By turning to spiritual autobiographies as theological source texts, we learn to place our emphasis where it matters most, on the people whose lives of faith move us deeply and cause us to re-examine our own lives in light of their witness. Moving through a range of ancient, early modern, and contemporary spiritual writers in order to demonstrate a profound connection that unites them all, this book portrays how a critical self-examination of one’s most personal, internal fractures (our “poverty” as it were) is the only way to develop a life of faith—the dual meaning of the word “confession,” which expresses both a revealing of one’s sins, or brokenness, and the articulation of what one believes.

Endorsements & Reviews-

“Dickinson describes powerfully how theological meaning needs to be translated from and into modern experiences of brokenness, alienation, hope, and redemption in fresh, relevant, and profound ways. He succeeds admirably with sensitivity and nuance in showing the complexity of how autobiography can vivify theological reflection, inviting a radical generosity toward the ‘other.’”

—Brian W. Hughes, University of Saint Mary, KS



“Theologically rich while gently and lucidly composed, this is a work attuned to our pluralist age, which still yearns for meaning and connection, even if awash in many false hopes and expectations. Highly recommended!”

—Peter Admirand, Dublin City University



“In Theology as Autobiography, Dickinson brings his intellectual acumen to bear in a carefully woven, textured exploration of what it means to seek and live faith. . . . A must-read for anyone who cares about the truth of faith that is catholic, incarnational, and embodied in real relationships.”

—Phyllis H. Kaminski, Saint Mary’s College, IN



“The consummate facility with Continental philosophy and theology found in Colby’s other works is here pressed into service to interpret the dance between theology and the embodied struggle to live life—between faith and doubt. . . . We need this grounded, practical—but theoretically rich—reflection like a desert needs water.”

—Christopher A. Haw, University of Scranton

Contributors-

Colby Dickinson

Bio(s)-

Colby Dickinson is Associate Professor of Theology at Loyola University Chicago. He is the author of Agamben and Theology, Between the Canon and the Messiah: The Structure of Faith in Contemporary Continental Thought, Words Fail: Theology, Poetry, and the Challenge of Representation, and, most recently, Theology and Contemporary Continental Philosophy: The Centrality of a Negative Dialectics.

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