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"Reinhold Niebuhr argued that one of many primary demanding situations to human lifestyles is the nervousness brought on by our wish to be ideal and godlike whereas figuring out we're constrained and mortal. This booklet explores how human adornment practices negotiate anxieties approximately our finitude. via our garments, we regularly protect ourselves from feeling our human frailty and from having others discover our emotional, actual, and Read more...

summary: "Reinhold Niebuhr argued that one of many basic demanding situations to human life is the nervousness because of our wish to be ideal and godlike whereas understanding we're restricted and mortal. This ebook explores how human adornment practices negotiate anxieties approximately our finitude. via our garments, we frequently protect ourselves from feeling our human frailty and from having others realize our emotional, actual, and non secular vulnerabilities. the incarnation as a sort of 'dress, ' Saracino claims that obtaining bare with Jesus or embracing our vulnerability is our merely wish at developing life-giving relationships with God and others within the international world."--Publisher description

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Reflecting on the creation narratives in Genesis 1 and 2, I elaborate on how each of us in our everyday practice of dress has the option of transforming stress about human existence into a catalyst for creating life-giving relationships with God and others. Then, referring to Genesis 3 and the fall of Adam and Eve, I focus on the downside of our anxiety. I illustrate how vulnerability and mortality are dimensions of human existence that have become distorted into something negative and perverse—shameful signs of our powerlessness.

The books may be used in seminary and undergraduate courses, including introductions to theology, ethics, and Christian spirituality. Clergy will also find them useful as they seek brief, yet substantive, books on Christian life that will inform their work of preaching, counseling, and teaching. We also imagine that each text could be used in churches for adult education classes. Many Christians seek guides for how faith is lived but are disenchanted with conservative approaches that shun dialogue with the wider culture of religious diversity.

3) The books offer a constructive restatement of each practice and explore how ordinary practices might reshape or sharpen beliefs and themes of Christian faith. How does attention to practice affect the way we understand Christian theology, and how does attention to theology affect the way we understand everyday practice? Each book shares the conviction that Christian life is best encountered (and often best understood) in the midst of the ordinary. Many of the authors of each volume are members of the Workgroup in Constructive Theology, an ecumenical group of teachers and scholars that writes and teaches theology in dialogue with contemporary critiques of Christian traditions.

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