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Violence, Society, and the Church: A Cultural Approach [Paperback]

By Gerald A. Arbuckle (Author)
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Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.24" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   0.97 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Mar 1, 2004
Publisher   Liturgical Press
ISBN  0814629261  
EAN  9780814629260  


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Violence and its effects are constantly in the news, but the roots of that violence often go unexplained. Violence, Society, and the Church examines the cultural roots of violence and the processes in cultures that foster violence or allow it to occur. Arbuckle analyzes society's role in violence, the emergence of the New Right in Western societies, and cultural attitudes and issues concerning the Church. The power within mythologies and the process of using mythologies to legitimize violence against others and environment are explained. The concept of a culture having forces that resist change is a central theme, and Arbuckle proposes and studies four models of cultures: premodernity, modernity, postmodernity and paramodernity. The first three legitimize particular types of violence, and individuals move from one type to the other depending on the circumstances they face. The fourth model-paramodernity-describes people's efforts to counter violence.

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Violence and its effects are constantly in the news, but the roots of that violence often go unexplained. Violence, Society, and the Church examines the cultural roots of violence and the processes in cultures that foster or allow violence to occur. Arbuckle analyzes society's role in violence, the emergence of the New Right in Western societies, and cultural attitudes and issues concerning the Church. The power within mythologies and the process of using mythologies to legitimize violence against others and environment are explained. The concept of a culture having forces that resist change is a central theme, and Arbuckle proposes and studies four models of cultures: premodernity, modernity, postmodernity and paramodernity. The first three legitimize particular types of violence, and individuals move from one type to the other depending on the circumstances they face. The fourth model-paramodernity-describes people's efforts to counter violence. Chapters are: "Violence, Power, and Culture," "Premodernity and Violence," "Premodernity: Impact on Church," "Premodernity: Violence through Gossip, Shame, and Humor," "Modernity, Rationality, and Violence," "Destructive Envy, Jealousy, and Scapegoating in Modernity," "Postmodernity: Background to New Forms of Violence," "Demanding Certitudes: Ethnicity, Fundamentalism, Restorationationism," and "Paramodern Culture: 'Signals of Transcendence.'"

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More About Gerald A. Arbuckle

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gerald A. Arbuckle, SM, is codirector of Refounding and Pastoral Development, a research ministry, in Sydney, Australia. He is internationally known for his expertise in helping church leaders minister effectively in a postmodern world. In 2011 he presented the Martin D'Arcy, SJ, Lectures at Oxford University. He is the author of many books, including Violence, Society, and the Church; Laughing with God; and Culture, Inculturation, and Theologians, all from Liturgical Press.

Gerald A. Arbuckle currently resides in Manila.

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Violence, Society, and the Church: A Cultural Approach  Mar 23, 2008
Excellent! This book explains the fragile relationship between the culture of a society to religious beliefs and practices. Full of examples, case studies, historical and biblical references as well as the Gospel message. The importance of moderation and Christian way of life is the solution to extremism, fanaticism and terrorism. We are also being warned of our rigid institutionalism and bureaucracies that brought about hardship and dissatisfaction among the people, while privileges among the few.
 

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