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Telling God's Story

Telling God's Story
Bible, Church and Narrative Theology

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  • Date Published: October 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521665155

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  • Narrative theology emphasizes the priority of the story of Jesus Christ because the story precedes categorizing or conceptualizing. An exercise in postmodern narrative theology, this book shows how the distinction between narrative and story enables one to read the Bible as a single story that finds its focus in Christ. Loughlin sees the Church as the telling and continuation of Christ's story, with the Bible and the community as the context in which Christ makes himself known and available for faith.

    • An introduction to narrative theology and a demonstration of how this theology is both orthodox and radical
    • Uses developments in contemporary philosophy and literary theory, in particular the work of Lyotard and Derrida, to further its arguments
    • Lively and imaginative writing style
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "...offers some unique insights into the problem of approaching the Bible as a very worthwhile venture that expands and offers challenging philosophical views of excellent resource for serious students of theology." Christianity and Literature

    "The work is well-written and moves briskly..." Thomas Guarino, First Things

    "Gerard Loughlin's prefatory promise to present a theology centered on the story of Jesus is fulfilled in this book....To those looking for a postmodern theology firmly rooted in Christian tradition, or in search of an excellent source of intellectual nourishment...I recommend Telling God's Story." Annette Ahern, The Canadian Catholic Review

    "This is a book for persons who are serious in examining the story of Jesus and, thus, the story of the Church." Sherri Ayn Chapin, Lexington Theological Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521665155
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 217 x 138 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.335kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the paperback edition
    Prologue: at the end of the book:
    1. Future now
    Part I. Consuming Text:
    2. Around Christ
    3. Character/circumstance/community
    Part II. Reading and Writing:
    4. Making it plain
    5. True stories
    Part III. Linkages:
    6. The event of God
    7. Only love
    Epilogue: in the middle of the story
    8. Eating the word

  • Author

    Gerard Loughlin, University of Durham

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