Waiting in Christian Traditions Hardback

Balancing Ideology and Utopia

by Joanne Robinson;

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Waiting in Christian Traditions

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Christians wait for prayers to be answered, for an afterlife in heaven, for the Virgin Mary to appear, and for God to speak. They wait to be liberated from oppression, to be "saved" or born again, for Easter morning to dawn, for healing, for conversion, and for baptism. Waiting and the disappointment and hope that often accompany it are explained in terms that are, at first glance, remarkably invariant across Christian traditions: what will happen will happen "on God's time." A study of sources from across Christian traditions shows that there is considerable complexity beneath this surface claim. Understandings of free will and personal agency alongside shifts in institutional and theological commitments change the ways waiting is understood and valued. Waiting is often considered a positive state to be endured as long as God wills, and that fundamental understanding helps keep the promises at the heart of Christianity alive. Scholars have long overlooked the problem and promise of waiting despite (or perhaps because of) its prevalence. Indeed, there are relatively few mystics, few who have undergone "sudden" conversion, and few who have attained saintly status.
Many, however, have waited, and that problem remains prominent-and its solutions remain influential-in Christian traditions today.

Waiting in Christian Traditions by Joanne Robinson was published by Lexington Books in December 2015. The ISBN for Waiting in Christian Traditions is 9780739189399.

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Page last updated 23rd May 2017
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherLexington Books (December 2015)
Number of Pages234
Thickness19 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4371924
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