Author: Joerg Rieger
Unified We are a Force

Unified We are a Force

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In this practical and theological handbook for justice, renowned theologian Joerg Rieger and his wife, community and labor activist Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger, help the working majority (the 99% of us) understand what is happening and how we can make a difference. Discover how our faith is deeply connected with our work. Find out how to organize people and build power and what our different faith traditions can contribute. Learn from case studies where these principles have been used successfully—and how we can use them. Develop “deep solidarity” as a way to forge unity while employing our differences for the common good. More info →
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Religion, Theology, and Class: Fresh Engagements After Long Silence

Religion, Theology, and Class: Fresh Engagements After Long Silence

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Unlike notions of gender, ethnicity, and race, the notion of class has rarely been reflected in religious and theological studies in recent decades. The few who currently use the term "class" think 'poor people,' 'social stratification,' or 'income differentials.' Commonly overlooked are power differentials, the tensions between classes, and the question of production. The essays in this volume discuss what new discourses on class in religious and theological studies might add to cutting-edge developments in these fields. Religion, Theology, and Class demonstrates that just like the lack of the study of class distorts the study of religion and theology, renewed engagement leads to new insights and broader horizons. The audience for this work includes students and scholars of religion and theology with various research interests, as well as students and scholars of other fields like economics, sociology, political studies, and cultural studies. Widespread classroom use is anticipated as this text is written in an accessible and engaging style. More info →
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Across Borders: Latin Perspectives in the Americas Reshaping Religion, Theology, and Life

Across Borders: Latin Perspectives in the Americas Reshaping Religion, Theology, and Life

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While work in theology and religious studies by scholars in Latin America and by Latino/a scholars in the United States has made substantial contributions to the current scholarship in the field, there are few projects where scholars from these various contexts are working together. Across Borders: Latin Perspectives in the Americas Reshaping Religion, Theology, and Life is unique, as it brings leading scholars from both worlds into the conversation. The chapters of this book deal with the complexities of solidarity, the intersections of the popular and the religious, the example of Afro-Cubanisms, the meaning of popular liberation struggles, Hispanic identity formation at the U.S. border, and the unique promise of studying religion and theology in the tensions between North and South in the Americas. More info →
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Occupy Religion: Theology of the Multitude (Religion in the Modern World)

Occupy Religion: Theology of the Multitude (Religion in the Modern World)

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Occupy Religion introduces readers to the growing role of religion in the Occupy Movement and asks provocative questions about how people of faith can work for social justice. From the temperance movement to the Civil Rights movement, churches have played key roles in important social movements, and Occupy Religion shows this role is no less critical today. More info →
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Traveling

Traveling

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From the journey of Abraham to the travels of Jesus and Paul, from medieval pilgrims to today's global trekkers, travel has held deep religious significance. In fact, says Joerg Rieger, traveling can be seen as a metaphor for the whole Christian life, especially pertinent in an age of global connectedness, widespread international travel, and religious encounter. Rieger's historical and theological reflections offer concrete ways in which travel can open up fresh encounters with meaning and, ultimately, the divine. More info →
Beyond the Spirit of Empire

Beyond the Spirit of Empire

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In Beyond the Spirit of Empire, the authors analyze the global empire not only in its political and economic dimensions, but also in its symbolic constructions of power and in its general assumptions often taken for granted. How does empire mould human subjectivity, for instance, and how does it affect the understanding of humans within the whole of creation? What are the religious dimensions of empire, its claims to divine attributes like omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, eternity, and what about its alleged exclusiveness and pervasiveness that destroys human life and freedom, which turns politics into a banal matter? The authors propose to look beyond empire to the possibility of politics and freedom, to the recovery of the notion of people, to the importance of ongoing concern for the oppressed and excluded, and to a messianic faith that allows us to live in anticipation, though ambiguously, of the promise of new times to come. More info →
Grace Under Pressure

Grace Under Pressure

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Distancing himself from liberals and conservatives but also pointing to the uselessness of a middle way, Rieger explores the theology of grace in situations of human pressure. Following John Wesley in his move to consider the 'works of mercy' as part of the means of grace, the author proposes to us a relational concept of grace that will prosper in dialogue and solidarity with those in distress, the oppressed 'other' who make present the gracious 'Other.' More info →
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Globalization and Theology

Globalization and Theology

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Globalization is a catchword of our time, referring to the interdependence that affects us all. But we often meet globalization with extreme ambivalence, recognizing that it has both positive and negative consequences for economics, politics, and culture. Joerg Rieger makes the point that even theology, itself, can be a manifestation of globalization. At its worst, theology can reflect Western intellectual imperialism and at its best, theology can encourage a compelling vision of diversity within unity. The author articulates a theology of globalization as a diverse phenomenon that respects different ways of seeing and knowing, thus encouraging harmony rather than homogeny. More info →
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No Rising Tide

No Rising Tide

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Even though economic downturns are still followed by upturns, fewer people benefit from them. As a result, economic crisis is an everyday reality that permanently affects all levels of our lives. The logic of downturn, developed in this book, helps make sense of what is going on, as the economy shapes us more deeply than we had ever realized, not only our finances and our work, but also our relationships, our thinking, and even our hopes and desires. Religion is one arena shaped by economics and thus part of the problem but, as Joerg Rieger shows, it might also hold one of the keys for providing alternatives, since it points to energies for transformation and justice. Rieger's hopeful perspective unfolds in stark contrast to an economy and a religion that thrive on mounting inequality and differences of class. More info →
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Empire and the Christian Tradition: New Readings of Classical Theologians

Empire and the Christian Tradition: New Readings of Classical Theologians

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Distinguished theologians assess the achievements and legacies of thirty- one theological giants in light of Christianity's engagement with imperial power, conquest, colonization, and post colonial themes. A unique textbook anthology ideal for classroom use. More info →
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Christ and Empire

Christ and Empire

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Although we loathe admitting it, Christians have often, through crusade, conquest, and commerce, used the name and power of Christ to promote and justify political, economic, and even military gain.Rieger's ambitious and faith-filled project chips away at the colonial legacy of Christology to find the authentic Christ - or rather the many authentic depictions of Christ in history and theology that survive our self-serving domestications. Against the seeming inevitability of globalized unfairness, Rieger holds up a stumbling block that confounds even empire. More info →
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Methodist and Radical: Rejuvenating a Tradition

Methodist and Radical: Rejuvenating a Tradition

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The thoughts and beliefs of John Wesley and the Early Methodist traditions are frequently related to recent progressive tendencies in theology. There are numerous parallels between contemporary interests in people at the margins and Wesley's concern for poor people and his commitments to the sick and imprisoned. In this volume, contributors from diverse backgrounds in the United States and around the globe reflect on radical and liberation traditions in Methodism in their own context. In conversation with contemporary Methodism and the Wesleyan heritage, each chapter focuses on the question of how radical and liberation traditions provide new visions for the present and future of the church. Contributors: Jose Miguez Bonino, Rebecca S. Chopp, Stephen G. Hatcher, Jione Havea, Theodore Jennings, Jr., Cedric Mayson, Mercy Amba Oduyoye, Andrew Sung Park, Jong Chun Park, Harold J. Recinos, Joerg Rieger, John J. Vincent, and Josiah U. Young, III. More info →
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Opting for the Margins: Postmodernity and Liberation in Christian Theology

Opting for the Margins: Postmodernity and Liberation in Christian Theology

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Ideas like the "preferential option for the poor"-arguing that people marginalized by the economy have a claim to "special consideration"-have been among the most significant insights in twentieth-century Christian theology. Arising out of various theologies of liberation, options for the poor and for people at the margins of society have provided major new impulses for biblical studies, systematic theology, church history, ecclesial practice, and the academic study of religion. Opting for the margins continues to be an important issue at a time when the gap between rich and poor is growing at an alarming rate both in the United States and in many other parts of the world, and when other gaps (based, for example, on differences in gender or race) continue to linger. Recently, however, options for the margins have been challenged by postmodern shifts in intellectual, social, political, and economic realities that often replace preferential options with other emphases, such as general concerns for pluralism, otherness, and difference. Options for the margins are therefore (at best) reduced to the special interests of certain minority groups, or (at worst) rejected as antiquated and irrelevant for the twenty-first century. The essays in this volume show how some forms of postmodern thought and theology can mask patterns of oppression and provide an excuse for deafness to voices from the margins. The authors, writing from a wide variety of national, ethnic, and theological perspectives, seek to revive the preferential option for the poor for the postmodern world, showing how options for the margins can engage postmodernity in new ways and break new ground in religious, theological, and ethical, as well as social, political, and economic thinking. The essays connect philosophical and theological arguments to the concrete realities of the postmodern world and to uncover new sources of energy in the life and death struggles of people across the globe. More info →
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God and the Excluded: Visions and Blindspots in Contemporary Theology

God and the Excluded: Visions and Blindspots in Contemporary Theology

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Rieger offers an enlightening way to understand the chief strands or options in theology today and a valuable proposal for resituating theology around the crucial issue of inclusion. He sees four competing vectors at work in Christian today's theology: Theology of Identity, Theology of Difference, Theology and the Postmodern and Theology and the Underside. More info →
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Theology from the Belly of the Whale (Frederick Herzog Reader)

Theology from the Belly of the Whale (Frederick Herzog Reader)

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The late Frederick Herzog never stopped reminding the church and theology to listen to those who had been left out of their influential ranks. This reminder is the thread that holds together Herzog's work, which has been brought together here in a single volume for the first time. More info →
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Remember the Poor: The Challenge to Theology in the Twenty-First Century

Remember the Poor: The Challenge to Theology in the Twenty-First Century

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Even as capitalism claims victory, the reality of poverty, suffering, and pain continues to grow throughout the world, including the "first world." This book explores the challenge to theology of the increasingly emphatic cries of people at the margins.The first part of the book rereads the theological spectrum from a position that includes the poor. Liberal Protestant theologies in North American and Roman Catholic variations of modern theology in Latin America are examined from the perspective of the underside of history framed by Jacques Lacan’s notion of imaginary and symbolic orders.The second part introduces the Lacanian notion of the real, setting the stage for the role the marginalized might play in the future of theology. The progressive integration of the voice of those at the margins is then traced in the theological works of Frederick Herzog (North America) and Gustavo Gutiérrez (Latin America).The final part draws together the most important elements of a new theological paradigm that grow out an encounter with the underside of history and its implications for a new theology and new theologians.Jeorg Rieger teaches systematic theology at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX. More info →
Liberating the Future

Liberating the Future

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What are the prospects for liberation theology and the social change it espouses? What can liberation theologies learn from each other?Writing from a variety of social locations the African American community, the feminist struggle, and tensions within Europe, North America, and Latin America these exciting and enlightening thinkers reflect on the vastly changed context of and challenges to liberation. Yet they find common concerns and cause. They espouse religious reflection that attends closely to those pushed to the margins (even though on the surface things seem to be improving), to shifting structures of oppression, and especially to global economic structures as they affect specific locales.For all those interested in the survival and growth of justice-oriented religious commitment, this volume signals concrete and exciting new directions for thought and action.Participants include: John B. Cobb, Jr., Claremont School of TheologyGustavo Gutierrez, Instituto Bartalome de Las Casas, Rimac, PeruM. Douglas Meeks, Wesley Theological SeminaryJurgen Moltmann, University of TubingenJoerg M. Rieger, Perkins School of TheologySusan Brooks Thistlethwaite, Chicago Theological SeminaryGayraud S. Wilmore, Interdenominational Theological Center, Atlanta More info →
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Unified We are a Force

Unified We are a Force

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In this practical and theological handbook for justice, renowned theologian Joerg Rieger and his wife, community and labor activist Rosemarie Henkel-Rieger, help the working majority (the 99% of us) understand what is happening and how we can make a difference. Discover how our faith is deeply connected with our work. Find out how to organize people and build power and what our different faith traditions can contribute. Learn from case studies where these principles have been used successfully—and how we can use them. Develop “deep solidarity” as a way to forge unity while employing our differences for the common good. More info →
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Religion, Theology, and Class: Fresh Engagements After Long Silence

Religion, Theology, and Class: Fresh Engagements After Long Silence

Author:
Unlike notions of gender, ethnicity, and race, the notion of class has rarely been reflected in religious and theological studies in recent decades. The few who currently use the term "class" think 'poor people,' 'social stratification,' or 'income differentials.' Commonly overlooked are power differentials, the tensions between classes, and the question of production. The essays in this volume discuss what new discourses on class in religious and theological studies might add to cutting-edge developments in these fields. Religion, Theology, and Class demonstrates that just like the lack of the study of class distorts the study of religion and theology, renewed engagement leads to new insights and broader horizons. The audience for this work includes students and scholars of religion and theology with various research interests, as well as students and scholars of other fields like economics, sociology, political studies, and cultural studies. Widespread classroom use is anticipated as this text is written in an accessible and engaging style. More info →
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Across Borders: Latin Perspectives in the Americas Reshaping Religion, Theology, and Life

Across Borders: Latin Perspectives in the Americas Reshaping Religion, Theology, and Life

Author:
While work in theology and religious studies by scholars in Latin America and by Latino/a scholars in the United States has made substantial contributions to the current scholarship in the field, there are few projects where scholars from these various contexts are working together. Across Borders: Latin Perspectives in the Americas Reshaping Religion, Theology, and Life is unique, as it brings leading scholars from both worlds into the conversation. The chapters of this book deal with the complexities of solidarity, the intersections of the popular and the religious, the example of Afro-Cubanisms, the meaning of popular liberation struggles, Hispanic identity formation at the U.S. border, and the unique promise of studying religion and theology in the tensions between North and South in the Americas. More info →
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Occupy Religion: Theology of the Multitude (Religion in the Modern World)

Occupy Religion: Theology of the Multitude (Religion in the Modern World)

Author:
Occupy Religion introduces readers to the growing role of religion in the Occupy Movement and asks provocative questions about how people of faith can work for social justice. From the temperance movement to the Civil Rights movement, churches have played key roles in important social movements, and Occupy Religion shows this role is no less critical today. More info →
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Traveling

Traveling

Author:
From the journey of Abraham to the travels of Jesus and Paul, from medieval pilgrims to today's global trekkers, travel has held deep religious significance. In fact, says Joerg Rieger, traveling can be seen as a metaphor for the whole Christian life, especially pertinent in an age of global connectedness, widespread international travel, and religious encounter. Rieger's historical and theological reflections offer concrete ways in which travel can open up fresh encounters with meaning and, ultimately, the divine. More info →
Beyond the Spirit of Empire

Beyond the Spirit of Empire

Author:
In Beyond the Spirit of Empire, the authors analyze the global empire not only in its political and economic dimensions, but also in its symbolic constructions of power and in its general assumptions often taken for granted. How does empire mould human subjectivity, for instance, and how does it affect the understanding of humans within the whole of creation? What are the religious dimensions of empire, its claims to divine attributes like omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, eternity, and what about its alleged exclusiveness and pervasiveness that destroys human life and freedom, which turns politics into a banal matter? The authors propose to look beyond empire to the possibility of politics and freedom, to the recovery of the notion of people, to the importance of ongoing concern for the oppressed and excluded, and to a messianic faith that allows us to live in anticipation, though ambiguously, of the promise of new times to come. More info →
Grace Under Pressure

Grace Under Pressure

Author:
Distancing himself from liberals and conservatives but also pointing to the uselessness of a middle way, Rieger explores the theology of grace in situations of human pressure. Following John Wesley in his move to consider the 'works of mercy' as part of the means of grace, the author proposes to us a relational concept of grace that will prosper in dialogue and solidarity with those in distress, the oppressed 'other' who make present the gracious 'Other.' More info →
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Globalization and Theology

Globalization and Theology

Author:
Globalization is a catchword of our time, referring to the interdependence that affects us all. But we often meet globalization with extreme ambivalence, recognizing that it has both positive and negative consequences for economics, politics, and culture. Joerg Rieger makes the point that even theology, itself, can be a manifestation of globalization. At its worst, theology can reflect Western intellectual imperialism and at its best, theology can encourage a compelling vision of diversity within unity. The author articulates a theology of globalization as a diverse phenomenon that respects different ways of seeing and knowing, thus encouraging harmony rather than homogeny. More info →
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No Rising Tide

No Rising Tide

Author:
Even though economic downturns are still followed by upturns, fewer people benefit from them. As a result, economic crisis is an everyday reality that permanently affects all levels of our lives. The logic of downturn, developed in this book, helps make sense of what is going on, as the economy shapes us more deeply than we had ever realized, not only our finances and our work, but also our relationships, our thinking, and even our hopes and desires. Religion is one arena shaped by economics and thus part of the problem but, as Joerg Rieger shows, it might also hold one of the keys for providing alternatives, since it points to energies for transformation and justice. Rieger's hopeful perspective unfolds in stark contrast to an economy and a religion that thrive on mounting inequality and differences of class. More info →
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Empire and the Christian Tradition: New Readings of Classical Theologians

Empire and the Christian Tradition: New Readings of Classical Theologians

Author:
Distinguished theologians assess the achievements and legacies of thirty- one theological giants in light of Christianity's engagement with imperial power, conquest, colonization, and post colonial themes. A unique textbook anthology ideal for classroom use. More info →
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