September 2013 Issue Index
James Kenneth Echols
Gender and Justification within Empire: Toward a Christian Ethic of Gender Justice|
by Mary Streufert
Mary Streufert explores the “otherizing” of women in historical and modern times by analyzing themes of justification and theology of the cross. Streufert compares modern advertisements to ancient sculpture to lend a visual illustration to the concept.
Mapping Patriarchal Patterns in Violence: Some Lessons for a Theology of Gender Justice|
by Evangeline Anderson-Rajkumar
Evangeline Anderson-Rajkumar opens with two case studies from India that demonstrate the connection between violence and patriarchy. She uses the studies to lead into a mapping of patterns of violence in patriarchal culture that exist in societies worldwide.
The Prophet Amos and Palestinian Women|
by Niveen Sarras
Niveen Sarras highlights the nameless girl and the father-son duo in Amos 2:7c and brings context to the story by examining the rest of the book of Amos, arguing that the girl was raped. Sarras then uses the Amos story to explore the rape culture in modern Palestine and narrates the deep need for change.
Being Woman, Being Human, Doing Justice |
by Caryn Riswold
Caryn Riswold addresses two important concepts: the social construction of gender and the Lutheran theology of being created in God’s image. In speaking to all spheres of societal identifies, Riswold challenges the reader to think about how all gender identities can be protected and celebrated in the church as the image of God.
Pursuing Gender Justice in the German Protestant Church|
by Thomas Schollas
As a commissioner for equality and gender in the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Northern Germany, Thomas Schollas draws upon his experience to explore the meaning of the phrase “gender just Church.”
Comparative Religious Ethics: Everyday Decisions for Our Everyday Lives,by Christine E. Gudorf|
Review by James B. Tubbs, Jr.
Christine Gudorf’s approach in Comparative Religious Ethics: Everyday Decisions for our Everyday Lives is to focus on the practical and the experiential in an attempt to “lift up values, meanings, and interpretations from religions and also from ‘secular’ thought (most of which has been influenced by the dominant religion of the culture) that are relevant to the most basic interests and activities of contemporary human beings in North America.”
A Thicker Jesus: Incarnational Discipleship in a Secular Age, by Glen Harold Stassen
Theological Reflection for Human Flourishing: Pastoral Practice and Public Theology, by Helen Cameron, John Reader, and Victoria Slater with Chris Rowland|
Review by William Myatt
In this short and readable text, authors Helen Cameron, John Reader, and Victoria Slater summarize the results of an action learning event held at Ripon College in Cuddesdon, United Kingdom, in April of 2010. Participants reflected on moments of decision, when a person’s faith was compromised; moments of cross-cultural confrontation, when a person’s identity was in question; or moments of crisis, when a particularly difficult decision created conflict.
|Articles published in the journal reflect the perspectives and thoughts of their authors and not necessarily the theological, ethical, or social stances of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.|
© September 2013
Journal of Lutheran Ethics
Volume 13, Issue 5