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Relational Holiness: Responding to the Call of Love Paperback – June 15, 2005
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Written with all the finesse of a high school essay, this booklet embraces a simplistic understanding of postmodernism in that it is merely "relational." Relational, here, would be to think in terms of human interconnectivity. Talking about things in terms in relationality is fine -- saying it's the sum-total of postmodernism is not.
The writing made me wince repeatedly. Good citation is lacking, though there are suggested readings at the end. Language such as "a report finds" and "some say" should make any concise writer raise his or her eyebrows. WHICH report? WHO says? Phrases such as "most people don't know" or "a child would think" is condescending. The book itself is told in a wait-until-we-tell-you method that isn't appropriate in an academic work. I was so turned off by the first two chapters, I barely had the motivation to continue.
If you do get through these issues, however, there are some pearls. The author's contention that holiness is love and that we are most perfect when we serve our purpose -- to love in a community, to love the good things of creation, and to love in repayment for evil -- is soul-reaching. The holiness adventuring party metaphor for a group of people walking down the path of life -- aiding each other, following a trail blazed by the Creator -- is a compelling one. And I was gratified to see that they brought in the clear translation of Greek text, in that "you ALL are God's temple."
I'm sure the authors are clever chaps. But I may seriously consider some of the ideas they have mentioned, I can't take this book seriously.Read more ›
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A great read for those wanting to take a closer look at their relationship with God and others. It is understandable and very articulate.Published 5 months ago by Janet
I really enjoyed this book. It makes the case for the core basis of holiness being love based on the relationships within the trinity. Easy to read style. Read morePublished 14 months ago by David Pearson
Lodahl and Oord have developed an approach to Christian holiness which differs in emphasis and theological grounding from the approach traditionally associated with the views of... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Forrest E Ladd
Really helped me get a better grasp on the Church of the Nazarene's Doctrine of Sanctification. It was a more current articulation on the topic. Read morePublished 19 months ago by jayblyons
It is a theological book. It thats your thing you may enjoy it, otherwise it is a bit of a bore.Published on April 3, 2013 by randy westover