God Loves Diversity and Justice

God Loves Diversity and Justice : Progressive Scholars Speak About Faith, Politics, and the World

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This book interrogates the theological statement of God loving diversity and justice from the multi-religious, multi-ethnic, multi-disciplinary, and multi-gendered identities of the contributors. They engage selectively the various sources of their diverse traditions, including the Sikh scriptures, the Bible, the Qur'an, the movies, the Declaration of Human Rights, and the transgender movement. The result is a serious historical, literary, cultural, and religious discourse that fends against intellectually rigid thought and simplistic belief systems.show more

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  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 476.27g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
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  • 0739173189
  • 9780739173183

About Susanne Scholz

Susanne Scholz is associate professor of Old Testament at Perkins School of Theology of Southern Methodist University. Among her publications are Sacred Witness: Rape in the Hebrew Bible (2010), "Lederhosen Hermeneutics: Toward a Feminist Sociology of White Male German Old Testament Studies" (2010), and "Bible and Yoga: Toward an Esoteric Reading of the Bible" (2005). She also blogs for Feminist Studies of Religion, Inc., at http://www.fsrinc.org/users/susanne-scholz.show more

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Fourteen scholars from a diversity of backgrounds, Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Sikh, white, African-American, Asian, believers and non-believers, struggle with this affirmation about God, love, diversity and justice and all agree that together we must work for a world that affirms diversity with justice. A book well worth pondering. -- Rosemary Radford Ruether, Claremont School of Theology The title of this collection of provocative essays makes a bold statement, which most of the authors support with arguments from religious texts and skillful critical analysis, while others dispute or regard as beside the point. An underlying question here is the role religion plays in upholding justice and celebrating diversity, toward healing the wounds of our fragmented and ailing global community. Religious believer or not, the reader is challenged to think, and to take a stand for oneself. -- Ruben L.F. Habito, Southern Methodist Universityshow more

Table of contents

Introduction: From Progressive Theological Discourse to Changing the World Susanne Scholz PART I. ABOUT GOD Chapter 1: God Is Diversity and Justice: A Feminist Sikh Perspective Nikky-Guninder K. Singh Chapter 2: As Long As You Are Doing Something: A Secular Feminist Perspective from Canada Pamela J. Milne Chapter 3: I AM, Who Loves the Prophets, Loves You: Meditations on the Progressive/Prophetic at the End of Jewish History Marc H. Ellis PART II. ABOUT LOVE Chapter 4: A World without Tags: A Progressive Palestinian Muslim Scholar Speaks Isam Shihada Chapter 5: Class Matters in an Age of Empire: A White Feminist Working-Class American Speaks Susanne Johnson PART III. ABOUT DIVERSITY Chapter 6: Celebrating Diversity Is Not What It's All About: A Progressive White Male German-American Theologian Speaks Joerg Rieger Chapter 7: Does God Really Love Diversity? Biblical Counter-Examples from a Chinese-American Perspective Sze-Kar Wan PART IV. ABOUT JUSTICE Chapter 8: Diversity, Justice, and the Bible for Grown-Ups: A Jewish Russian-Israeli-American Hebrew Bible Scholar Speaks Serge Frolov Chapter 9: The Exiled Native: The Paradox of the Black Scholar Maria Dixon Chapter 10: Justice Is at the Core: The Law, Justice, and Gender Equality in Islamic Feminism Qudsia Mirza Chapter 11: Transgender Spirituality: Finding Justice through Activism and Love Gordene McKenzie and Nancy Nangeroni PART V. TWO RESPONSES Chapter 12: Reflections on "God Loves Diversity and Justice": A (Modern) Human Rights Perspective Pat Davis Chapter 13: Should God Remain? A Response from the Perspective of Peace and Conflict Studies Victoria Fontanshow more

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