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Imagining Redemption

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  38 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
David Kelsey offers a groundbreaking discussion of Christian redemption by exploring the story of a series of horrendous events that befell a young boy and his family. Sam, eight years old, was stricken with a puzzling virus that left him physically and psychologically damaged. His family suffered greatly, as well. In the face of these events, Kelsey asks, what can it poss ...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Westminster John Knox Press (first published June 20th 2005)
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Emma
Mar 09, 2012 Emma rated it really liked it
I had to read this for a theology class in imagination. I really liked this book. Kelsey calls it systematically unsystematic theology because he doesn't aim for one definition or interpretation of redemption for all people at all times. He examines the different metaphorical uses we have of the word and assesses their usefulness for a particular concrete example, the case of a boy he calls Sam and the terrible events that occur to him and his family.
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Joseph Sverker
This was a very interesting and refreshing approach to what redemption is. By trying to answer the question of redemption through a real life situation Kelsey shows, amongst other things, that it seems like the answer to evil and suffering that the God of the Bible has given is a practical rather than theoretical/philosophical. It would be interesting though to hear what Kelsey thinks of those who don't see any redemption in their lives.
Nindyo Sasongko
Apr 20, 2012 Nindyo Sasongko rated it it was amazing
The author does not posit that we can take a all-embracing doctrine of redemption. Instead, he reads the doctrine of atonement as God making-promise. He bases the scrutiny with speech-act theory of J. L. Austin.
Pamela
Dec 11, 2014 Pamela rated it really liked it
Excellent book if you want to really understand redemption and be able to act on your understanding.
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