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Mandate to Difference: An Invitation to the Contemporary Church [Kindle Edition]

Walter Brueggemann
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In his most recent work of critical essays, "Mandate to Difference," Walter Brueggemann calls for a defiance of political polarization, consumerism and militarism.

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About the Author

Walter Brueggemann is William Marcellus McPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He is the world's leading interpreter of the Old Testament, and is the author of numerous books, including Introduction to the Old Testament: The Canon and Christian Imagination and Reverberations of Faith: A Theological Handbook of Old Testament Themes.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 432 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0664231217
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; 1 edition (1 Jan. 2007)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0037ZSX40
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Standing against the mainstream 2 Feb. 2009
By Jeremy Bevan TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Prolific American scholar Walter Brueggemann has for many years been an important, if slightly discomfiting, voice from that nation's pulpits. In this latest offering, he issues an invitation to the contemporary American church to move away from its embrace of the `cocky, new sound of religion in politics', with its shrill certainties, and towards `openness to wonder' and `awe in glad praise' (1). He does this in a series of sermons and talks that explore the theme of countercultural lifestyle through Old Testament/Hebrew Bible texts - on being for neighbourliness and against acquisitiveness, for Sabbath rest and against the frantic need to be (seen to be) busy, for example. Brueggemann offers some very important and timely reflections, nowhere more so than in the final chapter ('Some Theses on the Bible in the Church'), where he ranges himself against the prevailing cultural norms of `therapeutic, technological, consumer militarism that permeates every dimension of our common life' (192).

Somewhat surprisingly, Brueggemann doesn't propose an easy alternative to all this, a God who has all the answers. The great strength of his position, it seems to me, is that he acknowledges that the alternative `script' we seek to live by is ambiguous and disjunctive, its Key Character `elusive and irascible'. It is precisely in the ambiguity and the uncertainty that the supposed people of faith, both conservative and liberal (or `red' and `blue') can once again become genuinely faithful - people of constantly-evolving trust, not once-for-all, decided certainty.

So why only three stars ? Partly because this is a book for an American church readership, largely treating themes less directly relevant to the UK or European church.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mandate to Difference: An Invitation to the Contemporary Church 8 Aug. 2007
By G. Howell - Published on
This book addresses the IMPORTANT issues that are facing the church today. Brueggemann gives a fresh perpective on what we really need to change. He is truly a modern prophet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars poignant, subversive and biblical. 28 Mar. 2010
By Donner C. S. Tan - Published on
Walter Brueggemann is not capable of writing a boring sentence. His words are well crafted, sharp and provocative, even if different readers will take issues with him on different points. Here is a scholar whose mind has been baptised with decades of deep study and reflection of the biblical materials; it is hard to pull apart the exegetical basis of his proposals, which are often subversive to contemporary habits of thoughts.

This collection of talks he gave on different occasions to the contemporary audience, brings the ancient texts of Scriptures to bear on the modern church, primarily in the American socio-political context but in many ways relevant to other modern societies as well. He basically circles around the theme of God's alternative society vs Pharaoh's/Philistine's/Caesar's empire. Hence it is God's life-giving command of the Sabbath against the quota-system of the urban world, God's invitation to rest in his abundant grace vs the harried and hurried quest for acquisition, consumptions and accomplishments that bolster the idolatrous self. Here, he unmasks the illusions of human greed and proposes instead a life centered around God and neighbour and that liberates the self for shalom - for art, beauty and play.

Being very much a part of the Pharaohic world myself, I have to take the leisurely pace to digest this book and hear the message it is intended to convey. Thankfully, Brueggemann is as much a poet as he is a careful scholar;his words have a way of stretching your imagination, evoking an alternative world and holding out hope for a world starving for a fresh script with which to order its existence. Most of us know that business as usual simply will not do. I thank God for Brueggemann who helps us to listen to the ancient texts again that are capable of speaking afresh to every generation in such a powerful and liberating way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cahllenging Reading 2 Feb. 2009
By Lloyd E. Siverns - Published on
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Seems that everything that Walter Brueggemann writes is well worth reading. He is always stimuaitng and challenging. Bought this book for myself and a second copy for a friend.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Too many titles addressed 8 Jun. 2007
By John C. Livingston - Published on
This was somewhat helpful. The writings came from many conditions and subjects. Some were more helpful than others.
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