Living the Magnificat Affirming Catholicism in a Broken World

by Mark D. Chapman

Part of the Affirming Catholicism Series

Living the Magnificat Affirming Catholicism in a Broken World Synopsis

This book offers a sustained reflection by leading Roman Catholic and Anglican writers on Mary's great song of praise and transformation, the Magnificat , in the context of contemporary struggles across the world and global inequalities. The different contributors relate the story of Mary to issues of international justice, regarding this as one of the key themes of mission and evangelism. In his sparkling essay on the implications of Mary's 'making space' for God, James Alison challenges the reader to 'make space' for an inclusive God.From their very different perspectives, Linda Hogan, Margaret Magdalen and Mongezi Guma go on to address the issue of justice and what it means to be human in the light of Mary's story. Mark Chapman takes up the problem of Christian politics, and how easy it is for Christians to become overly-fixated on church affairs at the expense of the suffering world. Similarly, Michael Doe sees the contemporary Anglican struggles about issues in human sexuality as a distraction from far more pressing matters, challenging the Anglican Communion to learn from the many examples of new life across the globe. In a lively piece, Joe Cassidy challenges Christians to think again about the universality of Christian ethics. Finally, Stephen Cottrell offers a vision of a world turned upside down and presents a call for a renewed sense of mission to combat the inherent destructiveness of so much recent political thinking.Affirming Catholicism is a progressive movement in the Anglican Church, drawing inspiration and hope from the Catholic tradition, confident that it will bear the gifts of the past into the future. The books in this series aim to make the Catholic element within Anglicanism once more a positive force for the Gospel, and a model for effective mission today.

Living the Magnificat Affirming Catholicism in a Broken World Press Reviews

Review in New Directions, January 2008 This collection of lectures and sermons outlines why Mary and her song are so fundamental to the Christian faith and how its message should be read in the current climate of church politics and world injustice... Mary's song is a 'summons to hope', and this book enables its readers, and the church, to identify this hope and engage with it, and the message of the Magnificat. - Antony Dutton, Theological Book Review, Vol 21 No 1, 2009 --Sanford Lakoff Theological Book Review

Book Information

ISBN: 9781906286064
Publication date: 15th October 2007
Author: Mark D. Chapman
Publisher: Mowbray an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 128 pages
Categories: Theology,

About Mark D. Chapman

Mark Chapman is Vice President of Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford and a member of the Faculty of Theology, Oxford University. He has written widely on modern church history, ethics and theology. His books include Ernst Troeltsch and Liberal Theology (Oxford), The Coming Crisis (Sheffield), Blair's Britain (DLT) and Anglicanism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford). The Revd Jeffrey John is Dean of St Alban's Cathedral, UK.

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