Vulnerability and Glory: A Theological Account
Disasters indicate the complex peril of earthy existence. Suffering and risk are global realities. Yet the biblical depiction of persons and communities as "earthen vessels" also suggests that vulnerable creatures can be strengthened to receive and bear the grace and glory of God. This theological account considers how vulnerability to devastation and transformation is the very basis for life before God. The glory of God may be witnessed in resistance to inhumanity and idolatry and expressed in delight and gratitude for the good gifts of life.
Westminster John Knox Press, 2010. www.wjk.com
Kristine A. Culp is Dean of the Disciples Divinity House of the University of Chicago and Associate Professor of Theology, The Divinity School, The University of Chicago. She is the editor of "The Responsibility of the Church for Society" and Other Essays by H. Richard Niebuhr.
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Introduction: Vulnerable to Devastation and
Part 1 Vulnerability and Community
chapter 1 From Paul’s Earthen Vessel
to Augustine’s Mixed Body
chapter 2 Assembled under the Cross:
chapter 3 Calvin on Corruption and Transformation
chapter 4 Modern Treasure?
Part 2 Transformation and Devastation
chapter 5 A Field of Tensions and Conversions
chapter 6 Vulnerability in a World Marked by Suffering
Part 3 Living before God
chapter 7 Always Reforming, Always Resisting
chapter 8 An Itinerary of Delight and Gratitude