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Lived TheologyNew Perspectives on Method, Style, and Pedagogy$
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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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Lived Theology as Witness

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Lived Theology
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David Dark

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190630720.003.0009

Drawing on Ralph Ellison, James Joyce, and W. E. B. Du Bois, David Dark considers lived theology as a way of being more radically attentive to, and appreciative of, the stories and songs that direct our everyday lives. Religion, in his account, names the scripts, symbols, and walking orders that direct our existence, whether they tie us up or set us free. Religion is the name of the confidence game, and if to be conned is human, waking up to the way we’ve been conned is an act of religious consciousness. Practicing this awareness and testifying enthusiastically concerning the voices, historical or contemporary, who call us out of ourselves is essential to writing lived theology, bearing witness by saying what we have seen.

Keywords:   lived theology, theology, religion, writing, pop culture, culture

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