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Becoming Human (Library of Living Faith) Paperback – April 1, 1982


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  • Series: Library of Living Faith (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; 1st edition (April 1, 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0664244084
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664244088
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,225,837 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Letty M. Russell was one of the world's foremost feminist theologians and a longtime member of the faculty of Yale Divinity School. She died on July 12, 2007, at age 77. She was one of the first women ordained in the United Presbyterian Church and served as pastor of the Presbyterian Church of the Ascension in East Harlem for ten years. She joined the faculty of Yale Divinity School in 1974 and retired in 2001. She wrote and edited numerous books, including Church in the Round: Feminist Interpretation of the Church, Dictionary of Feminist Theologies (with J. Shannon Clarkson),and Inheriting Our Mothers' Gardens: Feminist Theology in Third World Perspective (with Kwok Pui Lan, Ada Maria Isasi Dias, and Katie Cannon).

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By Mr. D. P. Jay on June 4, 2013
Format: Paperback
This lovely book was published back in 1982 but is still worthwhile. It is part of a series that claims to be written as theology for people who don't read theology - what is sometimes called `for the intelligent layman'. There aren't many newer books that do this successfully.

Te author starts with the story of `Legion', the Gerasene demoniac. Like him, we wear many hats, play many roles but sometimes wonder who we really are and how to live an authentic life.

To his peers, he was a worthless person to be shut away from normal society. Particularly bad for them, this worthless person led to the destruction of their property. The author reminds us of the USA's plan to invent a bomb that killed people whilst leaving property intact. What an inversion of values.

`Loser' is a word that has increased in usage since this book was written. The author reminds us that `losers' in one of Jesus's parables, was `the least of these my brethren', in other words, himself.

Being a Christian should lead to an inversion of our values system particularly where humans are concerned. Instead of mirroring secular, class society, the church should not talk so much of `the hierarchy but of `a rainbow of partnership.'

Jesus's encounter with the woman of Samaria shows that Jesus liked `uppity women'. This should challenge the gender roles still held by many people.

Unlike many animals, we take a long time to mature. We tell our stories, revise them and, by so doing, make sense of our existence. The Bible does the same and we need community to see our own roles in life.

If you like theologians like Moltmann, Phyllis Trible and Jon Sobrino, or you have heard of them and wonder what they've got to say, this book is for you.
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