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Embodied Faith: Reflections on a Materialist Spirituality

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2009 / Paperback

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The materialist spirituality in Embodied Faith is biblically grounded, and it smells of earth even as it offers a taste of heaven. Taking an observation of St. Benedict as his starting point, Ola Tjxrhom maintains that outward forms are fully capable of incorporating and expressing inner spiritual substance.

Tjxrhom moves on to identify three crucial features of a materialist spirituality. First, it has a concrete substance - primarily the sacraments and the sacramental dimension of our Christian life in its totality. Second, materialist spirituality cannot be lived out in a vacuum, but requires concrete spaces - mainly the church and the world, which, though separate, are clearly interconnected. Third, this spirituality is grounded not in airy ideas and concepts but in plain empirical perception - in things we can see and hear, smell and taste - making it a spirituality eminently suited for our daily lives and the world.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802862748
ISBN-13: 9780802862747
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The materialist spirituality in Embodied Faith is biblically grounded, and it smells of earth even as it offers a taste of heaven. Taking an observation of St. Benedict as his starting point, Ola Tjørhom maintains that outward forms are fully capable of incorporating and expressing inner spiritual substance. / Tjørhom moves on to identify three crucial features of a materialist spirituality. First, it has a concrete substance — primarily the sacraments and the sacramental dimension of our Christian life in its totality. Second, materialist spirituality cannot be lived out in a vacuum, but requires concrete spaces — mainly the church and the world, which, though separate, are clearly interconnected. Third, this spirituality is grounded not in airy ideas and concepts but in plain empirical perception — in things we can see and hear, smell and taste — making it a spirituality eminently suited for our daily lives and the world. / “Ola Tjørhom has written a wise book that bridges many gaps: between the material and the spiritual, the Catholic and the Protestant, the mystical and the everyday. His vision of a materialist spirituality is not a call to leave this world nor an invitation to extreme experiences, but a sober proposal for a Christian life that is in but not of the world. Firmly rooted in creation, such a spirituality still yearns for the transformation of all things. Few books are as ecumenical as Tjørhom’s, drawing on a variety of Christian traditions in a way that respects each. Persuasively presented, his wide-ranging reflections cover such a range of topics, one is tempted to call it a ‘systematics of spirituality.’ ”— Michael Root / Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary

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Professor of dogmatics and ecumenical theology at the School of Mission and Theology, Stavanger, Norway.

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