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Filtering by Tag: Worship

How Can A Christian Feminist Conceive of Obedience? A Look at Radical, Rebellious Obedience

Recently on the blog, Dean McGowan of Berkeley Divinity School and my own housemates Ed and Shancia have written about worship and obedience. As I've processed the conversation that has taken place online and in-person here at Saint Hilda's House, I've had to wrestle with my own negative reaction to the word “obedience.” 

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Why do Sinners Choose to Obey the Word of the Lord?

Hooray for Saint Hilda’s House. It’s truly a blessing to live and to learn with others, especially to witness the dynamic range of Christian interpretations and the various approaches to life and faith. Yes, I make a relative distinction between life and faith, with life meaning the realities of what we experience and faith being hope. Both these of concepts encompass our relationship with God, but life is a struggle.

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It's All About Obedience: How What We Are Depends on What We Worship

 I'm going to explore how Dean McGowan's theme of worship as obedience can be understood through a particular philosophical lens.  Specifically, I'm going to look at how we can understand the practise of worship in terms of obedience as determining our essential natures, once we have slightly complicated our understanding of obedience.  My belief is that such an understanding can help us to bring certain aspects of Calvinist and catholic (small-c) theology together, uniting Dean McGowan's sense of the 'giving and receiving of orders' with his sense of 'notions of dependence and love'.

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Worshipping God From Age to Age: Guest Post, Andrew McGowan

“Worship” in English-language Bibles refers to something quite different from the activities or ideas for which contemporary Christians use that word. Most of the time in the New Testament it is used to translate Greek words referring not to prayer, or singing, or community rituals, but to literal acts of physical obedience and submission - like prostrating oneself on the ground. “Worship” is not what goes on in temples or synagogues, or even in homes where Christians meet, but happens wherever social relations of dependence and obedience are expressed. It has more to do with politics and ethics than with what we would call worship, although it has a necessary physical and embodied aspect. It doesn’t mean religious practice, and it doesn’t mean faith either - but both could be part of it.

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