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Title:Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Richard Beck
Publisher:Cascade
ISBN:160899242X
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:201
Category:Theology, Non fiction, Religion, Psychology, Christian, Spirituality, Christianity, Faith, Philosophy, Research

Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality by Richard Beck

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality I desire mercy not sacrifice Echoing Hosea Jesus defends his embrace of the unclean in the Gospel of Matthew seeming to privilege the prophetic call to justice over the Levitical pursuit of purity And yet as missional faith communities are well aware the tensions and conflicts between holiness and mercy are not so easily resolved At every turn it seems that the psychological pull of purity and holiness tempts the church into practices of social exclusion and a Gnostic flight from the world into a too spiritual spirituality Moreover the psychology of purity often lures the church into what psychologists call The Macbeth Effect the psychological trap that tempts us into believing that ritual acts of cleansing can replace moral and missional engagement Finally time after time wherever we see churches regulating their common life with the idiom of dirt disgust and defilement we find a predictable wake of dysfunction ruined self images social stigma and communal conflict In an unprecedented fusion of psychological science and theological scholarship Richard Beck describes the pernicious and largely unnoticed effects of the psychology of purity upon the life and mission of the church

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