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Crossing Thresholds: A Practical Theology of Liminality

Crossing Thresholds: A Practical Theology of Liminality

Publisher James Clarke & Co Ltd
Year 28/01/2021
Pages 271
Version paperback
Readership level General/trade
ISBN 9780718893460
Categories Christian theology, Christian life & practice
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We live in an age of enormous and rapid change, but how do people, organisations, even whole cultures and societies change? And where is God in such transformations? For more than a hundred years, anthropology has taught us that entering a chaotic, awesome and fraught 'threshold' - or liminal space - is fundamental to our renewal as human beings. Yet none of us goes willingly into such places. We need to be 'held' in liminal movement so that it is safe enough to change. Crossing Thresholds is the first inter-disciplinary theological treatment of the universal phenomenon of liminality. Developing practical wisdom from foundations in the work of Victor Turner, Donald Winnicott and Bruce Reed, the authors explore the place of liminality in the worship, mission and hermeneutics of the Church and reflect on its usefulness to a wide range of Christian practice. For all those who strive to think theologically about the great transitions of life, this comprehensive work offers unique insight into what it is to safely cross the threshold of chaos and embrace the future with courage.

Crossing Thresholds: A Practical Theology of Liminality

Table of contents

List of Figures
The Authors


Part I: Origins, Phenomenology, and Primary Texts
1. The Origins and Content of Liminal Theory in Social Anthropology
2. Winnicott and His Interpreters-Transitional Space and the Liminal
3. Liminality in Religion, Discipleship, Organizations, and Society

Part II: Liminality and the Christian Movement: Hermeneutics, Scripture, Worship and Mission
4. Toward a Hermeneutic of Liminality: Engaging with the Bible
5. Liturgy, Ritual, and Worship through the Liminal Lens
6. Missiology and Ecclesiology through the Liminal Lens

Part III: Liminality in Action: At the Boundaries of Church and World
7. Liminal Leadership at Church: Systems Thinking and Theological Reflection via Role Analysis
8. Liminality and Learning
9. Spiritual and Faith Formation through Liminality
10. Liminality in Faith and Work
11. Pastoral Theology and the Whirlwind
12. God in the Gaps: A Theology of Liminality

Appendix: The Process of Role Analysis
Briefing Notes on Developing Working Hypotheses
Color Figures 2 and 3

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