Other: Loving Self, God and Neighbour in a World of Fractures

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  • Copyright: 2011-05-01
  • Publisher: Abingdon Pr
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International terrorism, racism, youth violence and religious fundamentalism ... our willingness to engage "the other" is at the heart of the majority of contemporary challenges today. Beginning with Jesus' instruction to love God and to love our neighbor as we love ourselves, Kester Brewin explores how we might better engage "the other" within the Self, within God and within the worlds we inhabit. Drawing on the author's work as theologian, church founder, poet and teacher, this accessible and highly original work prompts us to reconsider the key question, "What kind of selves do we need to be in order to live in harmony with others?" and lays out a fresh vision for Christian practice and community in the 21st century.

Author Biography

Kester Brewin is the author of the popular book Signs of Emergence (published in the UK as The Complex Christ) and a founding member of Vaux-London, a collective of artists and faithful urban dwellers that served as an early model of fresh expressions of church. He teaches public school and lives with his family in London.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Dividing Wallp. 1
Bethlehem, Palestinep. 2
London, Englandp. 10
Here, therep. 15
Loving the Other Within the Selfp. 19
The reflective self: desert, bad faith, beingp. 25
The liquid self: technology, Facebook, liquidityp. 32
Small screen communionp. 45
The narrated self: story, infantilism, heroismp. 46
The maturing self: initiation, Pharisees, excursionp. 54
Stonesp. 61
The obscured self: darkness, mundanity, blindnessp. 62
The fantastic self: neophilia, cycles, springp. 66
Conclusion: the differentiated self: separation, binding, centresp. 70
Post-Partump. 78
Loving the Other Within Godp. 79
Embracing death and forgetting resurrectionp. 81
Nailing itp. 83
Embracing uncertainty and forgetting metaphorp. 87
Multiversep. 90
Embracing transcendence and forgetting immanencep. 93
Embracing immanence and forgetting transcendencep. 103
Embracing a separate and bound Trinityp. 104
Embracing the stranger and forgetting the nativep. 106
Conclusion: embracing the dangerous placep. 109
Quarryingp. 111
Loving the Other Within Societyp. 113
Snow and strangersp. 115
Loving and livingp. 120
Unblocking and adjustingp. 121
Vectorsp. 125
Giftp. 126
Redemption Songp. 134
The Sun risesp. 142
Temporalityp. 151
Face to face with the otherp. 167
Losing our livesp. 172
Loving the Other in Praxisp. 177
Engaging the other within the selfp. 179
Fruitp. 183
Engaging the Other within our faithp. 191
Engaging the other within our communitiesp. 200
Just a thoughtp. 205
Conclusion: Living Symbolically in a Many-Bodied Worldp. 221
Notesp. 229
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