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Charles Marsh, Peter Slade, and Sarah Azaransky

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190630720

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190630720.001.0001

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Eschatological Memories of Everyday Life

Eschatological Memories of Everyday Life

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(p.23) 1 Eschatological Memories of Everyday Life
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Lived Theology
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Ted A. Smith

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190630720.003.0001

Smith reflects on both the bountiful “gifts” and the difficult “temptations” of lived theology through the lens of his experience working as a pastor in two small-membership churches in rural, upstate New York. He discusses both the necessity and the difficulty of what Frederic Jameson calls “the turn to culture,” by which he means the grounding of abstract, scholarly, theological norms in real, representative, religious communities. Smith discusses “eschatological memory,” the term he has coined to represent the contradictory movement of God simultaneously both toward human failure, and in human shortcoming. Finally, he offers several genres that might serve as models for the writing of lived theology.

Keywords:   lived theology, churches, eschatology, memory, community, writing

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