A Question of Being: The Integration of Resistance and by Karin Holsinger Sherman PDF

By Karin Holsinger Sherman

James Douglass's writings were well-known as one of the such a lot difficult and encouraging explorations of nonviolence and Christian discipleship within the final century. all through his profession, Douglass has argued forcefully for the combination of contemplation and resistance, theology and cultural critique, spirituality and prophetic involvement. His paintings has encouraged the various key figures in contemporary debates concerning simply warfare, Christian nonviolence, and radical discipleship and remains to be hugely suitable in our modern state of affairs.
In A query of Being, the 1st book-length therapy released on Douglass's writings, Karin Holsinger Sherman offers an advent to and engagement with this crucial physique of labor via an exploration into its contextual background, impacts, and major issues. additionally, the writer argues that those topics interact to create an “ontology of nonviolence," an ontology that integrates the forces of resistance and contemplation so very important to Douglass.
The ebook starts by means of reading Douglass's biography and 3 extensive old trajectories that provide context to his proposal: the fusion of Christianity and American nationalism within the early chilly battle interval; the emergence of cultural critique within the past due fifties and early sixties, and the Catholic pacifist culture; and the post-1972 interval of disillusionment. Holsinger Sherman then considers the lives and considered Dorothy Day, Mahatma Gandhi, and Thomas Merton, in addition to their specific highbrow and exemplary effect on Douglass's rules. After explicating the subjects of the pass and the dominion as they built chronologically in Douglass's writing occupation, this ebook attracts jointly Douglass's inspiration to bare an “ontology of nonviolence.” In her end, Holsinger Sherman argues that this ontology of nonviolence is the most important to realizing Douglass's critical theology of contemplation and resistance.

"Karin Holsinger Sherman has written a stunning exposition of my books. by way of deciding on an underlying, nonviolent 'question of being,' she has united their issues in a deeply perceptive method. i'm thankful to her for her work."
--James Douglass, Catholic employee, founding father of Mary's condominium and floor 0 heart for Nonviolent motion

“More than simply an excellent exposition of the improvement and considered James Douglass, A query of Being sheds mild on an entire iteration which grappled with the connection among spirituality and social engagement. good researched, traditionally astute, basically written, and nuanced in its criticisms, . . . Holsinger Sherman’s synthesis of Douglass’s ethic of ‘cross and nation’ round an ‘ontology of nonviolence’ is artistic and opens up a brand new course of common perform for all these engaged within the pursuit of peace.”
--Joseph P. Chinnici, OFM, Franciscan university of Theology and American Catholic ancient Association

“Like a superb gardener, Holsinger has a tendency the sector of theologian and activist Jim Douglass's lifestyles paintings. here's scholarship at its best possible. not just is Holsinger pointing us to at least one of an important prophets of our time; she additionally creates an area the place the seeds of his proposal can flourish into strong fruit. I gobbled this e-book just like the first strawberries of spring.”
--Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, writer of To Baghdad and Beyond

Karin Holsinger Sherman acquired her master's measure in Christian spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She and her husband at present live in Cambridge, England.

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