ISBN : 9780198848844
Over the past several decades, scholars working in biblical, theological, and religious studies have increasingly attended to the substantive ways that our experiences and understanding of God and God's relation to the world are structured by our experiences and concepts of race, gender, disability, and sexuality. These personal and social identities and their intersections serve as a hermeneutical lens for our interpretations of God, self, the other, and our religious texts and traditions. However, they have not received nearly the same level of attention from analytic theologians and philosophers of religion, and so a wide range of important issues remain ripe for analytic treatment. The papers in this volume address the various ways in which the aforementioned social identities intersect with, shape, and might be shaped by the questions with which analytic theology and philosophy of religion have typically been concerned, as well as what new questions they suggest to the discipline.
We focus on three central areas of analytic theology: methodological principles, the intersection of social identities with religious epistemology, and the connections among eschatology, ante-mortem suffering, and ante-mortem social perceptions of bodies.
1 Helen De Cruz: Seeking out Epistemic Friction in the Philosophy of Religion
2 Sameer Yadav: Toward an Analytic Theology of Liberation
3 Amy Peeler: Mary as Mediator
II. Social Identity, Religious Epistemology, and Religious Affect
4 Teri Merrick: Non-deference to Religious Authority: Epistemic Arrogance or Justice?
5 Joshua Cockayne, Jack Warman, and David Efird: Shattered Faith: The Social Epistemology of Deconversion by Spiritually Violent Religious Trauma
6 Theresa W. Tobin and Dawne Moon: Sacramental Shame in Black Churches: How Racism and Respectability Politics Shape the Experiences of Black LGBTQ and Same-Gender-Loving Christians
7 Kathryn Pogin: Conceptualizing Atonement
III. Social Bodies and the Eschaton
8 Blake Hereth: The Shape of Trans Afterlife Justice
9 Kevin Timpe: Defiant Afterlife-Disability and Uniting Ourselves to God