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Hearing the Call: Liturgy, Justice, Church, and World is collection of passionatley written essays from seasoned philosopher and theologian Nicholas Wolterstorff.

written over the span of his 50-year career, topics range from worship, liturgy, church architecture, music, lament, and women's ordination, to the spiritual health of institutions including churches, colleges, businesses, and government. Yet, throughout these diverse essays an overarching theme runs through: "God loves justice," not retributive justice, but that which creates a merciful, holy community where human rights are honored and every member flourishes.

Several essays address formative experiences with Christians challenging injustice in South Africa, Honduras, and Palestine while illuminating Wolterstorff's own awakening to oppression and his subsequent call to speak up on behalf of those communities.

Through the lens of the Reformed Tradition, Wolterstorff's intellectually rigorous reflections encompass church fathers, reformers, and liberation theologians. American Christians who promote the "prosperity gospel" and sanction torture elicit his strong condemnation. Opening and closing biographical essays address the author's lifelong involvement with academia, including his student and professorial years at Calvin College, Yale, and Harvard, and the loss of his adult son, which inspired profound reflections on lament. An afterword contains two recent interviews that synthesize themes presented in this masterful work.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 480
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802865259
ISBN-13: 9780802865250
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What is the Word of the Lord for a world of injustice? What does it mean to hear the cries of the oppressed? What does liturgy have to do with justice? These questions have been at the heart of Nicholas Wolterstorff’s work for over forty years. In this collection of essays, he brings together personal, historical, theological, and contemporary perspectives to issue a passionate call to work for justice and peace.

An essential complement to his now classic Until Justice and Peace Embrace, the forthcoming Love and Justice, and Justice, this book makes clear why Wolterstorff is one of the church’s most incisive and compelling voices. Between the Times invites us not simply into new ways of thinking, but a transformational way of life.

Author Bio

Nicholas Wolterstorff is Noah Porter Professor Emeritus ofPhilosophical Theology at Yale University. Before going toYale he was Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College inGrand Rapids, Michigan, for thirty years.

Endorsements

Nigel Biggar
-University of Oxford
"From Minnesota to Palestine, Kuyper to Boesak, autobiography to human rights theory, and church architecture to the theology of lament, this marvelous array of essays, letters, and interviews displays throughout an incarnate Christian intelligence that loves the world even when prophesying against it, and marries philosophical clarity with human honesty. Nick Wolterstorff's Hearing the Call fascinates, illuminates, moves, and heartens. Bravo!"

Gabriel Fackre
-Andover Newton Theological School
"Wolterstorff is a rare Christian writer who moves with grace from writ to rite to rights."

Publisher's Weekly

This thoughtful, passionate collection of essays from seasoned philosopher and theologian Wolterstorff, written over a 50-year period, ranges in topic from worship, liturgy, church architecture, music, lament, and women’s ordination, to the spiritual health of institutions including churches, colleges, businesses, and government. An overarching theme runs through: “God loves justice,” not retributive justice, but that which creates a merciful, holy community where human rights are honored and every member flourishes. Several essays address formative experiences with Christians challenging injustice in South Africa, Honduras, and Palestine; Wolterstorff documents his awakening to oppression and his subsequent call to speak up on behalf of those communities. Through a Reformed Tradition lens, Wolterstorff’s intellectually rigorous reflections encompass church fathers, reformers, and liberation theologians. American Christians who promote the “prosperity gospel” and sanction torture elicit his strong condemnation. Opening and closing biographical essays address the author’s lifelong involvement with academia, including his student and professorial years at Calvin College, Yale, and Harvard, and the loss of his adult son, which inspired profound reflections on lament. An afterword contains two recent interviews that synthesize themes presented in this masterful work. (Jan.)Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Editorial Reviews

“From Minnesota to Palestine, Kuyper to Boesak, autobiography to human rights theory, and church architecture to the theology of lament, this marvelous array of essays, letters, and interviews displays throughout an incarnate Christian intelligence that loves the world even when prophesying against it, and marries philosophical clarity with human honesty. Nick Wolterstorff’s Hearing the Call fascinates, illuminates, moves, and heartens. Bravo!”
— Nigel Biggar
University of Oxford

“Wolterstorff is a rare Christian writer who moves with grace from writ to rite to rights.”
— Gabriel Fackre
Andover Newton Theological School

“It is a real delight to have these essays of Nicholas Wolterstorff collected and readily available once again. Wolterstorff is one of the cannily perceptive authors who made the Reformed Journal legendary in its day for wit, insight, and gravitas. His essays gathered from that source, and many others, are a feast for heart and mind together.”
— Mark A. Noll
University of Notre Dame

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