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Comparative Theology (Within Historical Orthodoxy)

This is an experimental page with links to books comparing different Christian Traditions

Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism

Nassif, Bradley; Stamoolis,  James J. Three Views on Eastern Orthodoxy and Evangelicalism (2004) ( Read on-line )  The authors are asking the question "Is Eastern Orthodoxy compatible with Evangelicalism?" There are three general answers: yes, no,and maybe. The book shows how Michael Horton, Vladimir Berzonsky, George Hancock-Stefan, Edward Rommen,  Bradley Nassif and James Stamoolis answer those questions and show how the two traditions compare to each other.

Comparison between Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholicism and Protestantism - A fare try to compare the three traditions on 19 different subjects

Pelikan, Jaroslav. Divine rhetoric: the Sermon on the mount as message and a model in Augustine, Chrysostom and Luther (Read on-line)

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Modern Theology
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  • Sacrifice for Nothing: The Movement of Kenosis in Jan Patočka's Thought
    This article focuses on the idea of sacrifice in the work of the Czech phenomenologist Jan Patočka. It presents and examines this philosopher from a theological perspective against the background of the theological turn in contemporary philosophy. First, the article focuses on Patočka's reflections on the kenotic sacrifice, which he defines as the sacrifice for nothing. Second, Patočka's thought is put into dialog with Jean-Luc Marion's phenomenological sketch of sacrifice embedded in his phenomenology of the gift. Although both Patočka and Marion share an interest in sacrifice, a phenomenon of high theological importance, only the latter enjoys reception on the part of theology. Yet, the article argues, on the basis of further inquiry into Patočka's writings, Patočka presents a complementary and alternative perspective that not only precedes the theological turn but also challenges and opens new ways for theology. The conclusion thus portrays a kenotic form of Christianity after the end of Christianity, drawn from Patočka, as a specific spiritual being-in-the-world.
  • The Political Ecology of Dignity: Human Dignity and the Inevitable Returns of Animality
    Human dignity names a two-tier political ecology: one moral-political community whose members bear a special status of inviolability, and another larger community where violence and degradation are routine. Because ecological relations are never uni-directional, the routinized violence that “belongs” in interactions with nonhuman animals returns, normalizing violence across gendered, racialized, and politicized lines of human difference. An account of dignity that begins from creaturely vulnerability rather than anthropological exceptionalism not only better expresses key theological insights of the Christian tradition, it also resists the repressed and disavowed violence generated by prevalent accounts of dignity.