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The Bonds of Freedom: Vows, Sacraments and the Formation of the Christian Self

Deverell, Garry J. (2008) The Bonds of Freedom: Vows, Sacraments and the Formation of the Christian Self. Paternoster Theological Monographs . Paternoster Press, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. 214pp. ISBN 9781842275276

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Abstract

This book proposes that Christian worship is a key source for any theology seeking to understand the covenant between God and human beings in the Christian tradition. Through a detailed examination of phenomenological, biblical and theological sources, the author seeks to write a theology in which the selfhood of both God and human beings is seen as essentially ‘vowed’ or ‘covenantal’. This claim is then explored through a detailed examination of Eucharistic and baptismal practices within the worship life of the church. Eucharistic worship is understood as a ‘non-identical performance’ of the covenant established between God and human beings in baptism. Here, then, is a theology that understands Christian worship not simply as ‘form’ or ‘event’ but, more radically, as a mutual act of promising and commitment between God and human beings.

Item Type: Books / Monographs
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: sacraments, baptism, eucharist, selfhood, liturgy, continental philosophy, theology
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950405 Religious Structures and Ritual
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950407 Social Ethics
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - Philosophy
D - Liturgy
C - Systematic Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-UCTC: United Faculty of Theology - Uniting Church Theological College
Depositing User: Prof. Garry Deverell
Date Deposited: 10 May 2010 05:13
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2012 22:09
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/346

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