Imagining Redemption
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Imagining Redemption

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Through telling the true story of a series of horrendous events that befell a young boy and his family, widely respected theologian David Kelsey offers a groundbreaking exploration of the Christian concept of redemption. When the adolescent boy is stricken with a terrible illness and enters a coma only to come out emotionally changed and physically handicapped, the family...more
Paperback, 124 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Westminster John Knox Press (first published June 20th 2005)
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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.
This book doesn't talk much about the why of...more
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
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.
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