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Keeping God's Silence : Towards a Theological Ethics of Communication - Rachel Muers

Keeping God's Silence

Towards a Theological Ethics of Communication

Hardcover Published: 19th November 2004
ISBN: 9781405118996
Number Of Pages: 256

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This ground-breaking book provides a new perspective on Christian practices of silence. Rachel Muers, a significant Quaker theologian, develops a theological understanding of communication to which a "responsible silence" is central. In doing so, she engages with the key issues raised for Christian theology by feminist thought, and develops an original reading of significant aspects of the theology and ethics of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. She also presents a challenge, from the perspective of Christian theology and practice, to a communicative environment dominated by wars of words. The central theological claim explored in the book is that God listens, and that God's listening is integral to who God is.

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?This book is a passionate, informed and insightful inquiry into the significance of silence in Christian thinking about God and its bearing upon a theological ethics of communication.? Reviews in Religion and Theology

?What starts off, quite modestly, as an exploration of what theologians and others have said about silence, develops into a serious challenge to the way theology itself is done, and indeed, to the way other researches are done, and conversation held ? it is work that will yield rich insights.?
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Preface and Acknowledgements.


List of Abbreviations.

Introduction: Beginning with Silence.

1. Assessing Silence.

2. Who Hears?.

3. Resurrection Silence.

4. Hearing the Word.

5. Wisdom and Folly: Seeking places to stand.

6. Hearing with God?s Ears: Interpreting practices of silence.

7. Privacy, Omniscience and the Silence of God.

8. Openings.



ISBN: 9781405118996
ISBN-10: 1405118997
Series: Challenges in Contemporary Theology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 19th November 2004
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.74  x 2.43
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1