Theology Remixed: Christianity As Story, Game, Language, Culture

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  • Copyright: 2010-11-01
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Jesus didn't give his followers a fixed set of statements defining everything they needed to know about the kingdom of God in a neat package. Rather he told stories, made comparisons, drew contrasts. He talked of a mustard seed, of yeast and of a hidden treasure to communicate some of the most important truths of the faith.Jesus didn't fall back on parables because he lacked the right words. Parables were the exact way Jesus intended to communicate. What pictures or analogies today can give us greater understanding of the Christian faith? Adam English finds fresh insight in four: Christianity as story, game, language, culture.Christianity is like a story with scenery, characters and plots. It's like a language with vocabulary, grammar and conversation. It's like a game with rules and players, goals and equipment. It's like a culture with a distinct way of living, working, playing and loving. No one analogy is complete, but all offer new windows of appreciation for the faith.English gives us a fresh representation of Christian theology that is neither modern nor postmodern, but in dialogue with both in order to articulate what we believe. Here is a book for those who want to grasp Christianity more fully and authentically in a way that illuminates our contemporary cultural context and enables us to make a compelling response.

Author Biography

Adam C. English (Ph.D., Baylor University) is associate professor in the department of religion and philosophy at Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. He is a minister in the Baptist tradition and the author of The Possibility of Christian Philosophy.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 9
To What Shall I Compare It?p. 13
Christianity as Story
Christianity as Storyp. 27
Christianity as Story: Creations and Catastrophesp. 31
Christianity as Story: Reconciliationp. 49
Christianity as Story: Endings and Beginningsp. 65
Christianity as Language
Christianity as Language: Language Trainingp. 79
Christianity as Language: Learning a New Tonguep. 86
Christianity as Language: Making Substitutionsp. 106
Christianity as Game
Christianity as Gamep. 123
Christianity as Game: Playersp. 132
Christianity as Game: Equipmentp. 145
Christianity as Game: Reading Rulesp. 153
Christianity as Culture
Christianity as Culturep. 179
Christianity as Culture: The Worshiping Colonyp. 187
Christianity as Culture: Cultivating the Harvestp. 194
On Behalf of New Thingsp. 200
Name Indexp. 205
Scripture Indexp. 207
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