- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press; First Edition edition (September 12, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 066423321X
- ISBN-13: 978-0664233211
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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Gathering Those Driven Away: A Theology of Incarnation Paperback – September 12, 2011
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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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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.
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. There is another adage that states, "If you can't say something good about someone, don't say anything at all" and so I am going to follow the wisdom of that statement in regards to my review of author Farley's book.
To describe the marginalized in her book she refers to "women," "the afflicted," and "queers" which I do find to be a provocative word used to describe homosexuals. As an evangelical Christian I personally do not like that particular reference to homosexuals but that is just my preference.
So, in regards to the book "Gathering Those Driven Away" this is one book you are going to have to read for yourselves and come to your own conclusions as to what the author is stating in her book and then decide whether you agree with her position or not.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Westminster John Knox Press for writing a review of the book.