The Meek Are Not Weak: Critical Realist Hermeneutics and Social Justice in the Emergent Church

By Charlene Burns.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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Critical realist hermeneutics have paved the way for broader Christian engagement with social justice in ways demanding as-yet undeveloped revisions of theologies of power that inform everyday life. This paper lays the ground work for such a revision.

Keywords: Theology and Critical Realism, Theology of Power, Foundationalism

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp.39-46. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 356.760KB).

Dr. Charlene Burns

Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI, USA

Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Her areas of research are Christian theology and the psychology of religion. She is the author of More Moral Than God: Taking Responsibility for Religious Violence (Rowman & Littlefield, 2008), Divine Becoming: Rethinking Jesus and Incarnation (Fortress Press, 2002), and numerous articles, as well as editor of Mis/Representing Evil: Evil in an Interdisciplinary Key (Interdisciplinary Press, Oxford, UK, 2009).