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Read online Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality I desire mercy not sacrifice Echoing Hosea Jesus defends his embrace of the unclean in the Gospel of Matthew seeming to privilege the prophetic call to justice over the Levitical pursuit of purity And yet as missional faith communities are well aware the tensions and conflicts between holiness and mercy are not so easily resolved At every turn it seems that the psychological pull of purity and holiness tempts the church into practices of social exclusion and a Gnostic flight from the world into a too spiritual spirituality Moreover the psychology of purity often lures the church into what psychologists call The Macbeth Effect the psychological trap that tempts us into believing that ritual acts of cleansing can replace moral and missional engagement Finally time after time wherever we see churches regulating their common life with the idiom of dirt disgust and defilement we find a predictable wake of dysfunction ruined self images social stigma and communal conflict In an unprecedented fusion of psychological science and theological scholarship Richard Beck describes the pernicious and largely unnoticed effects of the psychology of purity upon the life and mission of the church by Richard Beck

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Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality
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The Slavery of Death, Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality, Reviving Old Scratch: Demons and the Devil for Doubters and the Disenchanted, The Authenticity of Faith : The Varieties and Illusions of Religious Experience
b A psychologist tests Freud s claims that faith is a form of wishful thinking and belief in God a consoling illusion b br br Is faith simply a form of wishful thinking Is belief in God merely a consoling illusion So argued Sigmund Freud in The Future of an Illusion And the force of Freud s argument continues to be felt as it features prominently among critics of religion such as the New Atheists br br But was Freud right Until now few have directly examined the plausibility of Freud s argument But here in a groundbreaking analysis inspired by the religious types described by William James in his seminal The Varieties of Religious Experience Richard Beck explores the motivational dynamics among summer Christians and winter Christians Further across a variety of laboratory studies Beck examines how Christians variously engage with art exploring what Beck has dubbed The Thomas Kinkade Effect doctrine from the Incarnation to beliefs regarding the activity of the devil and religious difference in a pluralistic world In each instance Beck analyzes the underlying motivations of the religious types sifting through the varieties and illusions of religious experience br br The Authenticity of Faith presents a radical New Apologetics an attempt to move beyond contentious philosophical and theological disputes to examine the scientific merits of Freud s critique of faith Here is an unlikely journey the scientific search for an authentic faith the outcome is sure to inspire reflection conversation and debate among believers and skeptics alike, I desire mercy not sacrifice Echoing Hosea Jesus defends his embrace of the unclean in the Gospel of Matthew seeming to privilege the prophetic call to justice over the Levitical pursuit of purity And yet as missional faith communities are well aware the tensions and conflicts between holiness and mercy are not so easily resolved At every turn it seems that the psychological pull of purity and holiness tempts the church into practices of social exclusion and a Gnostic flight from the world into a too spiritual spirituality Moreover the psychology of purity often lures the church into what psychologists call The Macbeth Effect the psychological trap that tempts us into believing that ritual acts of cleansing can replace moral and missional engagement Finally time after time wherever we see churches regulating their common life with the idiom of dirt disgust and defilement we find a predictable wake of dysfunction ruined self images social stigma and communal conflict In an unprecedented fusion of psychological science and theological scholarship Richard Beck describes the pernicious and largely unnoticed effects of the psychology of purity upon the life and mission of the church, According to Hebrews the Son of God appeared to break the power of him who holds the power of death that is the devil and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death What does it mean to be enslaved all our lives to the fear of death And why is this fear described as the power of the devil And most importantly how are we as individuals and as faith communities to be set free from this slavery to death br br In another creative interdisciplinary fusion Richard Beck blends Eastern Orthodox perspectives biblical text existential psychology and contemporary theology to describe our slavery to the fear of death a slavery rooted in the basic anxieties of self preservation and the neurotic anxieties at the root of our self esteem Driven by anxiety enslaved to the fear of death we are revealed to be morally and spiritually vulnerable as the sting of death is sin Beck argues that in the face of this predicament resurrection is experienced as liberation from the slavery of death in the martyrological eccentric cruciform and communal capacity to overcome fear in living fully and sacrificially for others br br br Richard Beck s new book seamlessly integrates deep theological reflection with sound psychological insight while never compromising either discipline Liberating ideas about fear sin and death from the mire of abstraction The Slavery of Death invites believers to discover and embrace true freedom together at the far side of the cross a freedom reflected in and essential to the very nature of God This book is a gift to the church br Jamie Arpin Ricci author The Cost of Community br br With Eastern Orthodox tradition and the work of modern theologians like McGill Stringfellow and Kelsey in one hand and social science texts in the other Richard Beck analyzes our culture of death in this compelling book What can liberate us from this demonic power that is feared and fetishized institutionalized and internalized and reconfigure our self enclosed identities The kenotic love of the risen Christ With the colloquial skills of a gifted teacher Beck has written a prophetic practical and urgent manifesto br Kim Fabricius minister the United Reformed Church UK br br It s an age old Faustian tale We conspire with demonic principalities and powers to cheat death and save ourselves Such idols Richard Beck warns inexorably enslave and damn us He follows this indictment however with a prophetic analysis that is nothing short of an emancipation proclamation Christ s resurrection not only burst the gates of hell and destroyed death s sting but also freed us from the enslaving addiction of self empowerment resurrecting us for self expenditure and sacrificial love br Richard Goode co editor And the Criminals With Him br br Beck is like the rabbi trained for the kingdom of heaven that Jesus talked about a master pulling out things old and new weaving together ancient theology and contemporary psychology in a way altogether provocative and compelling rightfully re orienting us with regard to some of our most basic convictions Good good good work br Lee C Camp author Mere Discipleship, The devil has fallen on hard times Surveys say that even the majority of Christians doubt Satan s existence Burdened by doubts skeptical believers find themselves divorced from Jesus dramatic confrontation with Satan in the Gospels and from the struggle that galvanized the early church br br In Reviving Old Scratch popular blogger and theologian Richard Beck reintroduces the devil to the modern world with a biblical bold and urgent vision of spiritual warfare we must resist the devil by joining the kingdom of God s subversive campaign to interrupt the world with love br br Beck shows how conservative Christians too often overspiritualize the devil and demons and progressive Christians reduce these forces to social justice issues By understanding evil as a very real force in the world we are better able to name it for what it is and thus to combat it as Jesus did br br Beck s own work in a prison Bible study and at a church for recovering addicts convinced him to take Satan more seriously and they provide compelling illustrations as he challenges the contemporary and strangely safe versions of evil forces The beliefs of liberals and conservatives alike will be tested by Beck s groundbreaking ideas fascinating stories and clear thinking Because if Jesus took Satan seriously says Beck then so should we