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Keeping God's Silence: Towards a Theological Ethics of Communication

ISBN: 978-1-4051-1899-6
256 pages
November 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
Keeping God
This ground-breaking book provides a new perspective on Christian practices of silence.
  • An original, theologically informed work, written by a significant Quaker theologian
  • Provides a new perspective on Christian practices of silence
  • Considers the theological and ethical significance of these practices
  • Relates silence, listening and communication to major contemporary issues
  • Takes forward theological engagement with feminist thought
  • Contributes to ongoing research into the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
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    Preface and Acknowledgements.

    Sources.

    List of Abbreviations.

    Introduction: Beginning with Silence.

    1. Assessing Silence.

    2. Who Hears?.

    3. Resurrection Silence.

    4. Hearing the Word.

    5. Wisdom and Folly: Seeking places to stand.

    6. Hearing with God’s Ears: Interpreting practices of silence.

    7. Privacy, Omniscience and the Silence of God.

    8. Openings.

    Bibliography.

    Index

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    Rachel Muers is Lecturer in Theology at the University of Exeter.
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    • An original, theologically informed work, written by a significant Quaker theologian
    • Provides a new perspective on Christian practices of silence
    • Considers the theological and ethical significance of these practices
    • Relates silence, listening and communication to major contemporary issues
    • Takes forward theological engagement with feminist thought
    • Contributes to ongoing research into the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
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    “This book is a passionate, informed and insightful inquiry into the significance of silence in Christian thinking about God and its bearing upon a theological ethics of communication.” Reviews in Religion and Theology <!--end-->

    “What starts off, quite modestly, as an exploration of what theologians and others have said about silence, develops into a serious challenge to the way theology itself is done, and indeed, to the way other researches are done, and conversation held … it is work that will yield rich insights.”
    Quaker Studies

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