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Gathering Those Driven Away: A Theology of Incarnation Paperback – September 12, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press (September 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 066423321X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0664233211
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #503,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Farley has crafted a remarkable piece of theology in these pages. Through a staggering array of conversation partners--from the first century to folk music--Farley invites us to behold the beauty of incarnation again, especially for those who have been driven away." David H. Jensen, Professor of Constructive Theology, Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary

"Farley's provocative book delves into the depths of our faith, exposing the vulnerability and fragility of our own hearts. She delightfully welcomes us to embark on a burgeoning theological journey toward wholeness and belonging that ultimately leads to the Divine Eros. This book is powerful, compelling, imaginative, courageous, timely, and splendidly written." Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Associate Professor of Doctrinal Theology, Moravian Theological Seminary

"Gathering Those Driven Away: A Theology of Incarnation is for those whose language and experience has been erased by the church, for those who search for their rightful place in Christian communities, and for all who long for an understanding of Jesus that emphasizes God's love for all of humanity." Marcia W. Mount Shoop, author of Let the Bones Dance: Embodiment and the Body of Christ

About the Author

Wendy Farley is Professor in the Department of Religion at Emory University. She is the author of Tragic Vision and Divine Compassion: A Contemporary Theodicy and The Wounding and Healing of Desire: Weaving Heaven and Earth.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Greg Smith (aka sowhatfaith) on February 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
Gathering Those Driven Away is a postmodern, eclectic and inclusive approach to constructing a new theological understanding of incarnation that emerges from but moves well beyond the author's own pain. Farley addresses the book especially to those who have been hurt by the institutional church, but especially "women, queers, the afflicted, and those who feel alienated by oppressive or empty qualities of the Christian narrative" (p.16).

At its finest, Gathering Those Driven Away draws from contemporary and classical views and theologians bringing those at the margins closer to the center via the lens of incarnation. In other places, the rationale for and flow of the many sources is less clear as the many names used for God detract from the construction of the argument. Overall, it is a solid consideration of the topic that effectively invites conversation and further consideration.
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4 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Harold Cameron on April 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
I must admit that what I experienced reading Gathering Those Driven Away by Wendy Farley is a first for me since I have been reviewing books for publishers. I read the book trying to grasp just what message it is that the author is truly trying to convey in her book and for some reason I just could not get it. Author Farley's book is very academic, at least by my opinion, but as I am human you can take what I have written as you so choose. Maybe with me it is like the 5 year old who is swimming in the ocean and the tide carries him out into waters that are too deep for him and he is as they say, "in way over his head." That is how I felt after reading author Farley's way over my head.

What I did get from her book is the message that because of the Incarnation of Christ there needs to be more openness and acceptance and welcome by the church to the forgotten or marginalized people in our society. And on that point both the author and I agree; however, what I am confused about from reading her book is just how inclusive she believes the church should be as a result of the Incarnation. Do we let everyone in to the "body of Christ" regardless of what they believe or do the Scripture teach that in order to be a part of the "body of Christ," the church, one must fully believe in and follow Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord of their lives? I know that she has a very concrete belief concerning how inclusive the church should be to the lost and marginalized but I do not want to misrepresent her and what she believes so I am not going to state what it is that I think she believes.
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