In this book, a rising young scholar critiques contemporary theological theory, asking what makes a Christian in the global century? Volpe looks at the main strands of theology in a clear and well-organised way, expanding and challenging accepted ideas of identity formation in Christianity, updating it with a new global focus. The author also reveals how sin affects the development of Christian identity in ways that have been largely unexplored. Rethinking Christian Identity engages contemporary Christian life in lively and clear prose that will appeal to both scholars and interested lay people.
Medi Ann Volpe is Lecturer in Theology and Ethics at Cranmer Hall, Durham University. She has published in Modern Theology, amongst other journals, and is co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Catholic Theology (forthcoming, with L. Ayres).
Giving Thanks viii
List of Abbreviations xi
Introduction: Rethinking Christian Identity 1
1 Between the Postliberal and the Postmodern: "True Discipleship" as Cultural Style 12
2 Stories of Identity: Rowan Williams on Being a Christian 52
3 "It is no longer I who live": Receiving the Identity of Christ 105
4 The Body's Reason: Gregory and Macrina on the Soul 145
5 The Nature of Doctrine Revisited: Gregory of Nyssa on the Formation of Christian Imagination 183
6 Doctrine, Discipleship, and Christian Identity 222