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.
"This book is a passionate, informed and insightful inquiryinto the significance of silence in Christian thinking about Godand its bearing upon a theological ethics of communication."Reviews in Religion and Theology
"What starts off, quite modestly, as an exploration ofwhat theologians and others have said about silence, develops intoa 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."
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.
Series: Challenges in Contemporary Theology
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 19th November 2004
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.74 x 16.46 x 1.85
Weight (kg): 0.39
Edition Number: 1