Grace Jantzen: Redeeming the Present

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Elaine L. Graham
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2009 - Religion - 269 pages
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Grace Jantzen was an internationally-renowned feminist philosopher of religion whose work has transformed the way we think about the interactions between religion, culture and gender in Western culture. Jantzen's aim was to 'redeem the present' via a critique and reconstruction of staple concepts of Western imaginary.This unique book brings together many of Grace Jantzen's colleagues and former students in a wide-ranging exploration of her enduring influence, ranging across philosophy of religion, to literature, psychoanalysis, theology, ethics and politics.Part I assesses the ramifications of Jantzen's affirmation that Western culture must 'choose life' in preference to a prevailing symbolic of violence and death. Part II explores some of the key voices which contributed to Jantzen's understanding of a culture of flourishing and natality: Quaker thought and practice, medieval mysticism and feminist spirituality. Further essays apply elements of Jantzen's work to the politics of disability, development and environmentalism, extending her range of influence into new and innovative areas.
 

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Contents

Preamble
23
The Urgent Wish To Be More LifeGiving
41
An Appraisal of Grace Jantzens
55
In the Name of Life Psychoanalysis and Grace Jantzens Critique
69
Choose LifeQuaker Metaphor and Modernity
91
Searching a Feminine Mystical Way for the TwentyFirst Century
111
a Conversation with William Desmond
129
The Metaphysics of the Body
159
Power For Building Justice and Peace
181
Natality and Flourishing in Contexts of Disability and Impairment
197
The Postnatural as AntiHuman? Resurrection Natality
213
The Implications of a Politics of Natality for Transnational Feminist
227
Bibliography
247
Index of Names
263
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Research interests include: Religion, culture and gender; the relationship between social theory and Christian social thought, especially 'public' theology; the nature of theological method in Practical and Contextual Theology; ethical, philosophical and theological implications of new technologies. Publications include: Life-Cycles: Women and Pastoral Care (SPCK, 1993, co-edited with Margaret Halsey), Making the Difference: Gender, Personhood and Theology (Fortress, 1995), Transforming Practice (1996, 2nd Edition, Wipf and Stock 2002), Representations of the Post/human (Rutgers University Press, 2002) and Words Made Flesh: writings in pastoral and practical theology (SCM, 2009). With Heather Walton and Frances Ward, Theological Reflection: Methods (SCM Press, 2005) and Theological Reflection: Sources (2007).

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