Earth, Empire and Sacred Text - Muslims and Christians as Trustees of Creation - David L. Johnston

Earth, Empire and Sacred Text - Muslims and Christians as Trustees of Creation - David L. Johnston

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Earth, Empire and Sacred Text - Muslims and Christians as Trustees of Creation - David L. Johnston

David L. Johnston [+-]
Saint Joseph’s University
David L. Johnston is Visiting Scholar at the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania and an adjunct lecturer at the Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia. He lived for fifteen years in Algeria, Egypt and the West Bank, where he served as a pastor and teacher. He then completed his PhD work at Fuller Theological Seminary (Pasadena, California) in theology and Islamic Studies; continued his research and taught part-time at the Religious Studies Department at Yale University. His published articles and essays have mostly focused on the intersection of theology and law in contemporary Islam (Islamochristiana, Islamic Law and Society, The Maghreb Review, Die Welt des Islams and Journal of the American Academy of Religion). His blogs can be found on his website, www.humantrustees.org

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Muslims, Jews and Christians construct their vision of reality—as it is and how it ought to be—based on their understanding, sifting out and prioritizing of the material in their sacred texts. Naturally, this theologi- cal effort is fed and often constrained by the weight of inherited tradition, yet it can sometimes break out of the received mold to exhibit the radical tones and buoyant colors of the kingdom of God in fresh and compelling ways. Nevertheless, as Omid Safi indicates, any new burst of “progressive” thinking must also represent “a serious engagement with tradition.”   The book before you takes these strategies seriously with the convic- tion that the task of theology has to be undertaken anew in each age and in each locale. Core religious beliefs and values remain, but the vision that results from their application to speci¿c historical con¿gurations necessarily changes from period to period and from context to context. 

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Johnston, David L.. Introduction. Earth, Empire and Sacred Text - Muslims and Christians as Trustees of Creation. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 1 - 24 Apr 2010. ISBN 9781781790359. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=19274. Date accessed: 21 Nov 2017 doi: 10.1558/equinox.19274. Apr 2010

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