Godly Love : Impediments and Possibilities
This book offers new theological and social scientific perspectives on impediments to the experience and expression of the Christian Great Commandment (to love God and love neighbor as self), as well as possible solutions for overcoming these barriers. Drawing on scholarship that has emerged from a unique interdisciplinary research project focused on this issue, Godly Love offers a fresh look at a perennial problem.
- Hardback | 246 pages
- 154.94 x 228.6 x 22.86mm | 521.63g
- 16 Mar 2012
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
Preface Introduction: Godly Love - What It Is and Why There Is Not More of It Around? An Interdisciplinary Study by Amos Yong Chapter 1: Ambiguity in the Signs as an Antidote to Impediments of Godly Love among Primitive and Progressive Pentecostals by Ralph W. Hood, Jr. & W. Paul Williamson Chapter 2: The Capital Vices as Obstacles to Godly Love by Craig A. Boyd Chapter 3: The Flame of Love as a Refining Fire: Gifts of Spiritual Struggle by Julie J. Exline Chapter 4: Limited and Unlimited: Two Sources of Love in Tension and Synergy by Stephen G. Post Chapter 5: Restorative Justice, Godly Love, and Solutions to the Problem of Crime by Matthew T. Lee Chapter 6: Deidelogizing Dominance: Power and Privilege as Impediments to Godly Love by Robert K. Welsh with Michelle Owaka Chapter 7: Race and Gender Equality in a Classical Pentecostal Denomination: How Godly Love Flourished and Foundered by Kimberly Ervin Alexander & James P. Bowers Chapter 8: The Institutionalization of Religion: Impediment or Impetus for Godly Love by Michael Wilkinson Chapter 9: Universal Processes as Natural Impediments to and Facilitators of Godly Love by Martin J. Rice Chapter 10: Christian Mysticism-Help or Hindrance to Godly Love? A Case Study of Madame Guyon (1648-1717) by Michael J. McClymond Contributors Index
The diversity of perspectives integrate theology and science like hikers ascending a mountain from different paths, which offer unique challenges but eventually lead to an appreciation of the same phenomena, godly love. Pneuma This collection of essays advances the academic study of Godly Love by addressing the thorny issue of impediments. As such, it is a bold, sophisticated and much needed contribution to the study of religion and benevolence. It is a 'must-read' text for scholars and students interested in this field of study. -- Mark J. Cartledge, University of Birmingham, UK the book is highly informative and should interest religious leaders and sociologists who do sociology from a Christian perspective. Religious Studies Review Jesus said that we are to love both God and neighbor but the connection between these two commands has not always been cultivated among those who regard themselves as his followers. This volume brings science and religion together in constructive dialogue to take a candid look at how Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians have managed to move from faith to altruistic behavior. The results grant numerous insights into both the advantages and ambiguities of faith as a force for the larger formation of a compassionate society. -- Frank D. Macchia
About Matthew T. Lee
Matthew T. Lee is associate professor of sociology and conflict management fellow at the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. Amos Yong is the J. Rodman Williams Professor of Theology and the director of the PhD program in Renewal Studies at Regent University School of Divinity in Virginia Beach, Virginia.