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The borders of subculture : resistance and the mainstream
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ISBN: 9781138853546 9781315722733 1138853542 Year: 2015 Volume: 35 Publisher: New York : Routledge,


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Religion and Volunteering : Complex, contested and ambiguous relationships
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ISBN: 9783319045849 9783319045856 3319045849 3319045857 Year: 2015 Publisher: Cham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer,

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Religion is considered a key predictor of volunteering: the more religious people are, the more likely they are to volunteer. This positive association enjoys significant support in current research; in fact, it could be considered the ‘default perspective’ on the relationship between both phenomena. In this book, the authors claim that, although the dominant approach is legitimate and essential, it nonetheless falls short in grasping the full complexity of the interaction between religion and volunteering. It needs to be recognized that there are tensions between religion and volunteering, and that these tensions are intensifying as a result of the changing meaning and role of religion in society. Therefore, the central aim and contribution of this book is to demonstrate that the relationship between religion and volunteering is not univocal but differentiated, ambiguous and sometimes provocative. By introducing the reader to a much wider landscape of perspectives, this volume offers a richer, more complex and variable understanding. Apart from the established positive causality, the authors examine tensions between religion and volunteering from the perspective of religious obligation, religious change, processes of secularization and notions of post-secularity. They further explore how actions that are considered altruistic, politically neutral and motivated by religious beliefs can be used for political reasons. This volume opens up the field to new perspectives on religious actors and on how religion and volunteering are enacted outside Western liberal and Christian societies. It emphasizes interdisciplinary perspectives, including theology, philosophy, sociology, political science, anthropology and architecture.


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De toekomst begint nu! : uit de memoria van de basisgemeenschappen 1977 tot nu: een inspirerend boek voor al wie aan gemeenschap wil bouwen
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Year: 2015 Publisher: [Sint-Andries] [Secretariaat basisgroepen]

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Meer dan 60 auteurs vertellen daarin openhartig over hun grondervaringen in basisgemeenschappen, met als rode draad ‘dat er altijd toekomst mogelijk is’ zolang mensen, hoe divers qua afkomst of overtuigingook, maar bereid zijn om gemeenschap te maken rond de échte vragen en noden van mensen, dichtbij of ver weg. Dan komt er échte verandering, dan krijgt een nieuwe samenleving stilaan vorm. Is dit een wensdroom? Helemaal niet. Lees straks maar de 128 verhalen, 13 brieven en 10 gedichten –netjes geordend in tien delen –samen met het stevige inleiding door professor J. Haers sj (KUL) over ‘De waarde van de memoria’. Deze memoria wileen stimulans zijn om voort te doen! Of, wie weet, iets nieuws te beginnen samen met anderen.


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Decolonial love as a source for theological reflection : a response to colonial modernity

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Christian theology provides one way of critically reflecting on—and in doing so, responding to—particular historical situations. In understanding of the contemporary historical context, I take seriously decolonial theorists’ claim that the logics that legitimized European colonialism beginning in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries remain as a colonial underside to western modernity. Recognizing that Christian theology in large part uses modern western thought frameworks, as well as the logics that informed them, I question how Christian theology can respond to the sorts of lived experiences that expose the colonial underside of western modernity. Critically engaging the theological perspectives of J. Kameron Carter and Willie James Jennings, Clodovis Boff, and Ignacio Ellacuría and Jon Sobrino, as well as the religious studies perspective of Africana religious studies, I argue for a move beyond the logic of colonial modernity within theological reflection. I unearth orientations of decolonial love in the work of Frantz Fanon and James Baldwin as two paradigmatic responses to colonial modernity. Drawing on contemporary theological articulations, I propose a style of theological reflection that works inductively from orientations emerging in historical decolonial struggles. Within this approach, I claim that one way to understand decolonial love is as presenting itself in the contemporary historical situation as informing salvation. Concrete iterations of decolonial love inform the way we imagine and name divinity, and open up encounters with divinity. I ultimately argue that, in responding to the contemporary historical situation of colonial modernity, theological reflection has to integrate an inductive movement from concrete responses to historical experiences of the colonial underside of western modernity with Christian faith claims of divinity as incarnate in the flesh and partial toward those struggling under the weight of oppressive socio-historical configurations.

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