Keeping God s Silence

This ground-breaking book provides a new perspective on Christian practices of silence.

Keeping God s Silence

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.

Living for the Future

In Living for the Future Rachel Muers argues and seeks to demonstrate that to consider future generations as ethically significant is not simply to extend an existing ethical framework, but to rethink how ethics is done.

Living for the Future

Our relationship to future generations raises fundamental issues for ethical thought, to which a Christian theological response is both possible and significant. A relationship to future generations is implicitly central to many of today's most public controversies - over environmental protection, genetic research, and the purpose of education, to name but a few; but it has received little explicit or extended consideration. In Living for the Future Rachel Muers argues and seeks to demonstrate that to consider future generations as ethically significant is not simply to extend an existing ethical framework, but to rethink how ethics is done. Doing intergenerationally responsible theology and ethics means paying attention to how people are formed as theological and ethical reasoners (reasoners about the good), how social practices of deliberation about the good are maintained and developed, and how all of this relates to an understanding of the world as the sphere of God's transforming action. In other words, an intergenerationally responsible theological ethics will pay attention to the ethics, and the spirituality, of "ethics" itself. Her account of the ethical relation to future generations centres on three key concepts: "choosing life" "keeping the sources open"; and "sustaining fruitful contexts". These concepts are developed theologically and in engagement with extra-theological conversations on intergenerational responsibility. She shows how they take up and move beyond concerns expressed in those conversations - for "survival", for the right distribution of resources, and for the maintenance of human values.

The Text in Play

In The Text in Play, Mike Higton and Rachel Muers conduct a series of experiments in the reading of Scripture.

The Text in Play

In The Text in Play, Mike Higton and Rachel Muers conduct a series of experiments in the reading of Scripture. They experiment in the first place with a form of Christian theological exegesis of the Bible that they call "serious play"--a form of reading beyond the literal sense that is nevertheless serious about the ethical, historical, and textual responsibilities of the reader. They experiment in the second place with the practice called Scriptural Reasoning--in which Jews, Christians, and Muslims read and argue over their respective Scriptures together--and argue that the practice makes deep sense for "seriously playful" Christian readers. This constitutes the most detailed and developed account of Scriptural Reasoning yet published.

Keeping Silence

Explores the positive effects that practicing silence has on the body, soul, and mind, providing historical background and easy-to-follow instructions for a variety of Christian practices, including Benedictine rumination, psalm repetition, ...

Keeping Silence

Explores the positive effects that practicing silence has on the body, soul, and mind, providing historical background and easy-to-follow instructions for a variety of Christian practices, including Benedictine rumination, psalm repetition, the Jesus Prayer, Ignatian meditation, meditation on icons or candles, walking the labyrinth or Stations of the Cross, and more. Original.

Eating and Believing

This book will shed new light on modern vegetarianism and related forms of dietary choice by situating them in the context of historic Christian practice.

Eating and Believing

What are the links between people's beliefs and the foods they choose to eat? In the modern Western world, dietary choices are a topic of ethical and political debate, but how can centuries of Christian thought and practice also inform them? And how do reasons for abstaining from particular foods in the modern world compare with earlier ones? This book will shed new light on modern vegetarianism and related forms of dietary choice by situating them in the context of historic Christian practice. It will show how the theological significance of embodied practice may be retrieved and reconceived in the present day. Food and diet is a neglected area of Christian theology, and Christianity is conspicuous among the modern world's religions in having few dietary rules or customs. Yet historically, food and the practices surrounding it have significantly shaped Christian lives and identities. This collection, prepared collaboratively, includes contributions on the relationship between Christian beliefs and food practices in specific historical contexts. It considers the relationship between eating and believing from non-Christian perspectives that have in turn shaped Christian attitudes and practices. It also examines ethical arguments about vegetarianism and their significance for emerging Christian theologies of food.

The Vocation of Theology Today

In this book, an international team of contributors, including some of the best-known names in the field, respond to these questions in programmatic essays that set the direction for future debates about the vocation of theology.

The Vocation of Theology Today

What is the task of theology in a complex religious and secular world? What are theologians called to contribute to society, the churches, and the academy? Can theology be both fully faithful to Christian tradition and Scripture, and fully open to the challenges of the twenty-first century? In this book, an international team of contributors, including some of the best-known names in the field, respond to these questions in programmatic essays that set the direction for future debates about the vocation of theology. David Ford, in whose honor the collection is produced, has been for many years a key figure in articulating and shaping the role of contemporary theology. The contributors are his colleagues, collaborators, and former students, and their essays engage in dialogue with his work. The main unifying feature of this exciting collection is not Ford's work per se, however, but a shared engagement with the pressing question of theology's vocation today.

The Text in Play

In The Text in Play, Mike Higton and Rachel Muers conduct a series of experiments in the reading of Scripture.

The Text in Play

In The Text in Play, Mike Higton and Rachel Muers conduct a series of experiments in the reading of Scripture. They experiment in the first place with a form of Christian theological exegesis of the Bible that they call ""serious play""--a form of reading beyond the literal sense that is nevertheless serious about the ethical, historical, and textual responsibilities of the reader. They experiment in the second place with the practice called Scriptural Reasoning--in which Jews, Christians, and Muslims read and argue over their respective Scriptures together--and argue that the practice makes deep sense for ""seriously playful"" Christian readers. This constitutes the most detailed and developed account of Scriptural Reasoning yet published. ""The Text in Play offers a broad curriculum on how to read Scripture as Scripture--that is, as witness to the living God whose Word lives in a dynamic interchange with its reader. . . . It is a serious, playful read, a book you can read in one entranced sitting or again and again, a book that refreshes itself as you read it because such is the way of the Word."" --Peter Ochs, Professor of Modern Judaic Studies, University of Virginia ""Higton and Muers offer imaginative, scholarly, wise, and often exhilarating explorations of Scripture, and they have succeeded brilliantly in sharing, through their delightful, accessible style, a profound understanding of the Bible's practical implications for the twenty-first century. . . . There is an abundance of new insights and daring ideas, with extensive learning lightly worn, and through it all the attractive, serious play of fine minds and hearts in intensive engagement with deep questions."" --David F. Ford, Professor of Divinity and Director, Cambridge Inter-faith Programme, University of Cambridge Mike Higton is Academic Co-Director of the Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme at the University of Cambridge and Senior Lecturer in Theology at the University of Exeter. He is the author of several books, including A Theology of Higher Education (2012), Christian Doctrine (2008), and Difficult Gospel (2004). Rachel Muers is Senior Lecturer in Christian Studies at the University of Leeds. Her publications include Keeping God's Silence (2004), Living for the Future (2008), and, with David Grumett, Theology on the Menu: Asceticism, Meat and Christian Diet (2010).

How Survivors of Abuse Relate to God

In the last paragraphof her book Keeping God's Silence, Rachel Muers relates thatseveral peoplewith whom shehad sharedher proposed project suggested that she conclude with some blank pages.She comments thatthe end ofanytheological book ...

How Survivors of Abuse Relate to God

Grappling with theological issues raised by abuse, this book argues that the Church should be challenged, and ministered to, by survivors. Paying careful attention to her interviews with Christian women survivors, Shooter finds that through painful experiences of transformation they have surprisingly become potential agents of transformation for others. Shooter brings the survivors' narratives into dialogue with the story of Job and with medieval mystic Marguerite Porete's spirituality of 'annihilation'. Culminating in an engagement with contemporary feminist theology concerning power and powerlessness, there emerges a set of principles for authentic community spirituality which crosses boundaries with God, supports appropriate human boundaries and, crucially, listens attentively. Appealing to Church leaders, students, practitioners and practical theologians, this book offers a creative and ethical theological enquiry as well as some spiritual anchor points for survivors.

Keeping in Tune with God

In the Introduction, p. viii, Bloom speaks of a man who had learned to speak to God without breaking the intimate silence with words. This peasant said that when he sat alone in the church for hours, apparently doing nothing, ...

Keeping in Tune with God

Keeping in Tune with God is an essential resource for clergy and the people who love, work with, and care about them. Based on the tested wisdom of Listening Hearts discernment, the book provides clergy with encouraging words and practices to develop their relationships with God, their families and friends; to carry the practice of spiritual discernment into the life of their congregations; and to work more effectively with other leaders to nurture the life of Christ in the world around them.

God s Church Community

elements themselves, such that the individual is assured of the gift of God's grace in both body and spirit (see DBWE 1, 243). ... For a discussion of the ministry of listening, see Muers, Keeping God's Silence, 154–79. 150 See DBW 5, ...

God s Church Community

David Emerton argues that Dietrich Bonhoeffer's ecclesial thought breaks open a necessary 'third way' in ecclesiological description between the Scylla of 'ethnographic' ecclesiology and the Charybdis of 'dogmatic' ecclesiology. Building on a rigorous and provocative discussion of Bonhoeffer's thought, Emerton establishes a programmatic theological grammar for any speech about the church. Emerton argues that Bonhoeffer understands the church as a pneumatological and eschatological community in space and time, and that his understanding is built on eschatological and pneumatological foundations. These foundations, in turn, give rise to a unique methodological approach to ecclesiological description – an approach that enables Bonhoeffer to proffer a genuinely theological account of the church in which both divine and human agency are held together through an account of God the Holy Spirit. Emerton proposes that this approach is the perfect remedy for an endemic problem in contemporary accounts of the church: that of attending either to the human empirical church-community ethnographically or to the life of God dogmatically; and to each, problematically, at the expense of the other. This book will act as a clarion call towards genuinely theological ecclesiological speech which is allied to real ecclesial action.

The Silent God

Muers 2001 – R. Muers, 'Silence and the Patience of God', Modern Theology 17, 85-98. Muers 2004 – R. Muers, Keeping God's Silence: Towards a Theological Ethics of Communication (Challenges in Contemporary Theology) Oxford: Blackwell.

The Silent God

Like the biblical Job, many people suffer under the silence of God. This book shows that it is enlightening to retrace the origins of the concept of divine speech and silence in the ancient Near East and Greece.

The Sound inside the Silence

Keeping God's Silence: Towards a Theological Ethics of Communication. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004. Nancy, Jean-Luc. (Trans. Mandell, Charlotte). Listening. New York: Fordham University Press, 2007. Niebur, Louis. Special Sound: The Creation ...

The Sound inside the Silence

In this poetic exploration of the auditory imagination, the third in his series on sonic aesthetics, Seán Street peoples silence with sound, travelling through time and space to the distant past, the infinite future and the shadow lands of the inner psyche. Our mind is a canvas on which the colours of the sound world leave permanent impressions. It is the root of all listening.

Becoming Simple and Wise

18 Here, the task it not to “decode god's mystery,” but “to keep the miracle of god a miracle, to comprehend, defend, ... of silence in Bonhoeffer's theology, and in theological ethics in general, see muers, Keeping God's Silence. on ...

Becoming Simple and Wise

How does a Christian discern the will of God? While this question lies at the heart of Christian moral life, religious communities struggle to articulate responses that balance simple faith and rational reflection. Some characterise discernment as simpleobedience to the commandments in Scripture; others portray it as an exercise of human reason and conscience. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian, pastor, and political conspirator who embodied a life of discernment amidst difficult circumstances in WWII Germany, offers a compelling theological account of how to seek and respond to God's will. By tracing Bonhoeffer's understanding of moral discernment throughout his writings, and especially in his Ethics, Joshua A. Kaiser demonstrates the importance of discernment for Bonhoeffer's vision of Christian ethics and explores how his view combines elements of simple faith and rational reflection. While the results of the study will be significant for those interested in Bonhoeffer, they will also be relevant to all who struggle along the path of Christian discipleship.

Sermons Preached on Different Occasions During the Last Twenty Years

God Now I have chosen for our text a passage of the Psalms , which leads our thoughts to this last manifestation of Christ ... Now we shall speak a word to you this evening , first , on God's keeping silence , as He is doing at present ...

Sermons Preached on Different Occasions During the Last Twenty Years


Sermons preached on different occasions during the last twenty years

Now we shall speak a word to you this evening , first , on God's keeping silence , as He is doing at present , and secondly , on His breaking silence , as He will do hereafter . But before we begin , lift up your hearts to God , asking ...

Sermons preached on different occasions during the last twenty years


The Literary churchman

Be assured that silence under pain , insult , injury , calumny , -the Dn Silence . silence of patience meekly enduring the Cross which God ECCLESIASTES iii . 7 . has imposed , not the silence of scorn , indifference , or con“ A time to ...

The Literary churchman


Songs of the Day and Night Or Original Hymns for Public and Private Praise and Reading

6 DARK THOUGHTS OF GOD - GOD'S KEEPING SILENCE . 4 Nor of His tender love abates , 4 Across without a Christ - the heavens dumb : But my poor straitness all enlarg'd , Oh who may dare the mystery to plumb ! Fills with the grace that ...

Songs of the Day and Night  Or  Original Hymns for Public and Private Praise and Reading


Interrupting Silence

Interrupting Silence illustrates that the Bible is filled with stories where marginalized people break repressive silence and speak against it.

Interrupting Silence

Silence is a complex matter. It can refer to awe before unutterable holiness, but it can also refer to the coercion where some voices are silenced in the interest of control by the dominant voices. It is the latter silence that Walter Brueggemann explores, urging us to speak up in situations of injustice. Interrupting Silence illustrates that the Bible is filled with stories where marginalized people break repressive silence and speak against it. Examining how maintaining silence allows the powerful to keep control, Brueggemann motivates readers to consider situations in their lives where they need to either interrupt silence or be part of the problem, convincing us that God is active and wanting us to act for justice.