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Schweizerisches Jahrbuch für Kirchenrecht. Bd. 21 (2016) – Annuaire suisse de droit ecclésial. Vol. 21 (2016)

Herausgegeben im Auftrag der Schweizerischen Vereinigung für evangelisches Kirchenrecht – Edité sur mandat de l’Association suisse pour le droit ecclésial

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Edited by Dieter Kraus

Inhalt: Wolfgang Lienemann: Theologische Grundlagen und Entwicklungen des heutigen Kirchenrechts in evangelischer Sicht – Christian R. Tappenbeck: Die Weiterentwicklung des bernischen Verhältnisses «Kirche – Staat» nach dem Entwurf des Landeskirchengesetzes. Gedanken aus der Perspektive der Reformierten Kirchen Bern-Jura-Solothurn – Christoph Winzeler: Der Nutzen von Religion – rechtliche Orientierungen
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Yuan Gao

This book presents the first systematic study of Augustine’s insights into passions as well as his approach to the therapy of emotions and their sanctification. Analysing various phases of Augustine’s writings, this work explores the systematic structure of Augustine’s tenets on emotions and on freedom from passions. The general context is Augustine’s philosophical and theological convictions on the issue of amor sui and amor Dei. Based upon a detailed analysis of original Latin texts and a critical examination of recent research, the author demonstrates how the language and conception of passions are tightly linked with Augustine’s developing views of the philosophical paradigm of emotions and his later theological disputes with schismatics and heretics. In offering a comprehensive account of freedom from passions in Augustine’s theological anthropology, this book makes a creative contribution to his understanding of the moral psychology of passions in social and political dimensions and the idea of the deification of emotions.

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Daniel Hoi Ming Hui

The aim of this book is to show that during the early half of the twentieth century, Chinese society was disillusioned by both internal dissension and external invasion, and the churches experienced many challenges. In response to the traumatic events of 1920–1949, the Chinese theologian Prof. T. C. Chao tried to construct a ‘new religion’ for China, believing that an indigenous Christianity would offer a solution to the national crisis. Chao searched for a new interpretation of Jesus Christ to make him relevant to China’s context and social thought, and tried to develop Christology based on the encounter of Western Christianity, Chinese culture and social change. A personality-focused interpretation of Jesus Christ was developed, and an image of Confucian Jesus was found in his thought. Chao tried to explore his contextual Christology with the purpose of being faithful to Christian faith, and being relevant to Chinese classical culture and the contemporary context in order to enable intellectual Christians to contribute to the national reconstruction of Country.

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Reading Green

Tactical Considerations for Reading the Bible Ecologically

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Jeffrey S. Lamp

Reading Green: Tactical Considerations for Reading the Bible Ecologically operates on the premise that the Bible itself does not directly address the current ecological crisis and that expecting it to do so is anachronistic, for there was no ecological crisis on the agendas of biblical authors as they penned their works. The true challenge in the field is engaging biblical texts that do not present a positive ecological message (e.g., the stories of the flood and the plagues), or that seem to focus their messages so narrowly on human subjects and their interests that they marginalize or ignore the concerns of the other-than-human creation. To address this issue, this book provides a series of reading strategies which begin with the current ecological crisis. Present areas of interest, such as environmental racism and justice, film criticism, and reception history and exegesis, are employed to construct various approaches to mine the Bible for its contribution in addressing the current ecological crisis.

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Higher Humanism

A Neotranscendental Philosophy of Life

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Ash Gobar

The ideal of higher humanism challenges our modern civilization and its diminished image of the human being. A critique of the ideologies of "bourgeois humanism" provides a pathway toward the renascence of human identity and human dignity. Historical illustrations, drawn from the higher heritage of humanity, revive values long forgotten. Ash Gobar re-argues the great argument for the impact of the "philosophy of life" upon the "quality of life." This is a timely work: the call of a modern philosopher to awaken the conscience of humanity from its existential vertigo.

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Psychology and Formalisation

Phenomenology, Ethnomethodology and Statistics

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Anita Williams

This book revisits psychology’s appropriation of natural scientific methods. The author argues that, in order to overcome ongoing methodological debates in psychology, it is necessary to confront the problem of formalisation contained in the appropriation of methods of natural science. By doing so, the subject matter of psychology – the human being – and questions about the meaning of human existence can be brought to the centre of the discipline. Drawing on Garfinkel, Sacks, Edwards and Potter, the author sees ethnomethodologically informed qualitative methods, which stem from phenomenology, as a possible alternative to statistical methods, but ultimately finds these methods to be just another method of formalisation.She returns to Husserlian phenomenology as a way to critique the centrality of method in psychology and shows that the adoption of natural scientific methods in psychology is part of the larger push to formalise and objectify all aspects of human existence.

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Wort und Glaube

Fundamentaltheologische Erörterungen Gerhard Ebelings in theologischen Krisenzeiten

Eunhoi Kim

Zusammen mit Ernst Fuchs hat Gerhard Ebeling die hermeneutische Theologie geprägt. Diese theologische Bewegung entstand nach dem Zeitalter der Dialektischen Theologie. Die Studie untersucht die fundamentaltheologischen Gedanken Ebelings, um die implizierten Deutungen seiner hermeneutischen Theologie zu erörtern. Durch seine hermeneutische Theologie konzipierte Ebeling nicht eine neue theologische Hermeneutik. Für Ebeling ist das Wort ›hermeneutisch‹ ein Attribut, das nicht eine theologische Methodik oder Tendenz, sondern das Wesen der Theologie schlechthin kennzeichnet. Ebeling bestimmte mit dem Wort ›hermeneutisch‹ nicht eine methodologische Weise, sondern die wesenhafte Existenzweise der Theologie. Folglich wird die Deutung dessen, was ›hermeneutische Theologie Ebelings‹ heißt, im Zusammenhang mit seinen fundamentaltheologischen Gedanken erörtert.

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Logoi and Pathêmata

Aristotle and the modal/amodal distinction in modern theories of concepts

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Lars Inderelst

«Concept» is a central notion in modern philosophy that also influences other disciplines like psychology and linguistics. The author compares modern theories to the work of Aristotle as the first philosopher with an extensive corpus and one of the predecessors both of classical theory and of modal theories of «concepts». It is surprising that there is no equivalent term for «concept» in his work. Both pathêma and logos are central to his theory of language and thought. Therefore, this book describes which notion in Aristotle’s writing comes closest to «concept» and whether or not it generates a precise theory.

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Mark S. Aidoo

The book explores how the rhetorical function of «bôš» («shame») and its cognates within twelve Individual Lament Psalms (ILP) reflect persuasive responses aimed at enhancing the relational spirituality of the psalmist. It argues that the Hebrew terminology of «bôš» is used as a response to enhance a spirituality of relatedness. The author argues that the plea for positive shame is to enhance positive spirituality that leads to changes of attitude, repentance, faithfulness, self-knowledge, and wholeness. Negative shame influences negative spirituality that leads to destruction and unworthiness. The volume reflects African Christian spirituality elucidating the psalmist’s perception of positive shame.

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Sarah Jonckheere

The book brings to light Neal Stephenson’s answer to the technologically induced crisis in identity. The author of this book analyses the ethnocultural, technological, and ideological skeins that make up the biopolitical production of the self. The coming-of-age novel «The Diamond Age» reflects the processes surrounding the emergence of conscience. Through his inspired recycling of cultural traditions, Stephenson’s ethico-aesthetic engagement with technology, mass media, and literature advocates an epistemological change in being. This essay’s use of affect theory shows how a specific work informs literary theory and thinking, and how literature goes beyond reflecting the «zeitgeist» by offering creative ways to apprehend technology.