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Zygmunt Bauman

 

A fascinating thinker died this week, the man who left us the term ‘Liquid Modernity’

” things which are plural in the postmodern world cannot be arranged in an evolutionary sequence, or be seen as each other’s inferior or superior stages; neither can they be classified as “right” or “wrong” solutions to common problems. No knowledge can be assessed outside the context of the culture, tradition, language game, etc. which makes it possible and endows it with meaning. ”

Bauman, Intimations of Postmodernity, p. 102.

 

Quite how we learn to hold this ‘Liquidity’ in an era now cynically known as ‘Post-Truth’ might be the next big challenge for both church and society.

NEW PATHS FOR CHRISTIANS: Four innovative voices (in ten papers)

NEW PATHS FOR CHRISTIANS 

Introduction

 During all the years when Reading Jubilee Debt Campaign was operating, I have had at the back of my mind a vision of Jesus – inspirational, charismatic, a leader with a clear message, central to which was a care for the poor. A message signalled by St Luke at the start of his gospel account:

 He has put down the mighty from their seat and exalted those of low degree; he has filled the hungry with good things and the rich he has sent empty away.

 I assumed that folks in our churches would be similarly inspired, But, although we have been so fortunate in the untiring commitment of a few people and a few churches, the picture that emerges ten years after we started is one of tiredness and a general  lack of enthusiasm.  Why should this be?  It might be due to normal human frailty amongst our Christian fellows but my reading indicates something more specific. (more…)

THEN THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY – NOW FACE TO FACE. Hamish Preston

PAPER 1

 THEN THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY – NOW FACE TO FACE

(Apologies to St Paul. 1 Cor; 13.12)

 Based on

 THE NEW TESTAMENT AND THE PEOPLE OF GOD  (SPCK 1992)

and JESUS AND THE VICTORY OF GOD  (SPCK 1996)

by N T Wright

               This is the story of  how Jesus and his Ministry have come to the centre stage in the world of the scholars. The story is told in  the opening chapters of both  the texts referred to above, beginning with JESUS AND THE VICTORY OF GOD.

 Chapter 1

Jesus Then and Now

 Most scholars in the twentieth century have shied away from attempting a full-face portrait of Jesus; they have felt the need to distance themselves from a whole body of earlier commentaries which had portrayed Jesus in loving, but spurious detail, based on the imagination of the writers rather than on historical data. Instead, scholars have preferred to attend to the rise of the early church a generation or more after the time of the ministry of Jesus. This is because the gospel texts have been held to reflect the concerns of the evangelists themselves as they wrote for the later generations of Christians. The texts were not to be relied on, the scholars judged, as historical data concerning Jesus himself.       (more…)