Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10756/552979
Title:
The Dangerously Divine Gift: a Biblical Theology of Power
Authors:
McGuire, Rachel A.
Abstract:
This dissertation develops a large-scale biblically-shaped theo-ethical narrative of power. Propelled by a liberationist commitment, this work first stands in solidarity with earth's marginalized majorities, and then focuses its lens on the social location of "middle agents." In the global economic/power structure, middle agents (the eighteen percent) live and work in the space between the two percent who own over half the world and the eighty percent who earn less than ten dollars per day. The method is constructive. The work develops a scriptural narration of power that starts in creation, moves through the fall(the first act of commodification), and into violence, empire and the demonic. The central part of the project concentrates on the particular predicament of middle agents in complex globalizing regimes. Staying close to the gospel (particularly Luke and Mark), in the second half, an ethic of hospitality is developed – one that rearranges power structures, moving practitioners personally, communally, and societally toward a world of shared power. The story of power closes with a reading of apocalypse as the falling away of parasitic and violent structures, and the emergence of new creation on earth. The academic approach is interdisciplinary. At each stage, relevant academic conversations are engaged in biblical studies (e.g. Ellen Davis, Terence Fretheim, William Herzog, Richard Horsley, Sylvia Keesmaat, Catherine Keller, J. Richard Middleton and Ched Myers), liberation theology/praxis (e.g. James Cone, Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Martin Luther King Jr., Kwok Pui-Lan and Letty Russell), and social theory (e.g. Hannah Arendt, Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault).
Advisors:
Sweetman, Robert
Affiliation:
Institute for Christian Studies
Publisher:
Institute for Christian Studies
Issue Date:
May-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10756/552979
Type:
Thesis
Language:
en
Keywords:
Power (Christian theology); Hospitality; Middle agents; Marginalized minorities; Apocalypse; Creation; Social theory; Liberation theology; Biblical studies; Poor
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Rights holder:
This Work has been made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws of Canada without the written authority from the copyright owner.
Degree Title:
Ph.D., Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto
Appears in Collections:
Doctoral Theses

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dc.contributor.advisorSweetman, Roberten_GB
dc.contributor.authorMcGuire, Rachel A.en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-17T01:08:53Z-
dc.date.available2015-05-17T01:08:53Z-
dc.date.issued2015-05-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10756/552979-
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation develops a large-scale biblically-shaped theo-ethical narrative of power. Propelled by a liberationist commitment, this work first stands in solidarity with earth's marginalized majorities, and then focuses its lens on the social location of "middle agents." In the global economic/power structure, middle agents (the eighteen percent) live and work in the space between the two percent who own over half the world and the eighty percent who earn less than ten dollars per day. The method is constructive. The work develops a scriptural narration of power that starts in creation, moves through the fall(the first act of commodification), and into violence, empire and the demonic. The central part of the project concentrates on the particular predicament of middle agents in complex globalizing regimes. Staying close to the gospel (particularly Luke and Mark), in the second half, an ethic of hospitality is developed – one that rearranges power structures, moving practitioners personally, communally, and societally toward a world of shared power. The story of power closes with a reading of apocalypse as the falling away of parasitic and violent structures, and the emergence of new creation on earth. The academic approach is interdisciplinary. At each stage, relevant academic conversations are engaged in biblical studies (e.g. Ellen Davis, Terence Fretheim, William Herzog, Richard Horsley, Sylvia Keesmaat, Catherine Keller, J. Richard Middleton and Ched Myers), liberation theology/praxis (e.g. James Cone, Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz, Gustavo Gutiérrez, Martin Luther King Jr., Kwok Pui-Lan and Letty Russell), and social theory (e.g. Hannah Arendt, Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault).en_GB
dc.description.tableofcontentsIntroduction & methodology -- Let there be power -- From innocence to hegemony -- The predicament of middle agents -- The chasm -- The salvation of middle agents -- From hegemony to hospitality -- Maturing into a world of shared power -- Conclusionen_GB
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dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherInstitute for Christian Studiesen_GB
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.en_GB
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en_GB
dc.subjectPower (Christian theology)en_GB
dc.subjectHospitalityen_GB
dc.subjectMiddle agentsen_GB
dc.subjectMarginalized minoritiesen_GB
dc.subjectApocalypseen_GB
dc.subjectCreationen_GB
dc.subjectSocial theoryen_GB
dc.subjectLiberation theologyen_GB
dc.subjectBiblical studiesen_GB
dc.subjectPooren_GB
dc.titleThe Dangerously Divine Gift: a Biblical Theology of Poweren
dc.typeThesisen
dc.contributor.departmentInstitute for Christian Studiesen_GB
dc.type.degreetitlePh.D., Institute for Christian Studies, Torontoen_GB
dc.rights.holderThis Work has been made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws of Canada without the written authority from the copyright owner.en_GB
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