In this monthly series, we highlight books we think our readers may enjoy, written by authors affiliated with the Collegeville Institute.
The Emptied Christ of Philippians: Mahāyāna Meditations
Wipf and Stock, 2015
by John P. Keenan, Resident Scholar Fall 2011
One of the more challenging passages in the New Testament is the “emptiness hymn” of Christ found in Philippians 2:6-11. In his book, The Emptied Christ of Philippians, John P. Keenan sees the rich ambiguity of this passage as an opportunity for interreligious dialogue. Keenan uses Buddhist texts as a lens for reading this passage, arguing that “A classical Mahāyāna approach can assist” in our understanding of this text, “because it affords a vast philosophical account of the implications of emptiness and the mind of wisdom.” Readers of this intelligent and thorough book can expect a fresh and radical approach to understanding this hymn.
A Goodness I Cannot Explain: A Medical-Spiritual Memoir
Resource Publications, 2015
by Catherine Stewart, 2011 summer writing workshop participant
A tumor is pressing on her brain and she has to decide on its treatment: surgery or radiation. It is like comparing apples and oranges. Unwittingly, this Presbyterian pastor is led through the maze of a medical decision by a practice of Lectio Divina. The maze becomes labyrinth, and the center into which she arrives is nothing she could have imagined. Images of God, self and fear undergo revision. Weaving together medical narrative, theological reflection, poetry and spiritual gleanings, A Goodness I Cannot Explain is of interest to those who face any complex decision, those who walk alongside, those who grieve, and all who pray.
Theology as Retrieval: Receiving the Past, Renewing the Church
IVP Academic, 2015
by W. David Buschart, Resident Scholar 1995/96, and Kent Eilers
The movement to retrieve the Christian past is a mode of theological discernment, a cultivated habit of thought. It views the doctrines, practices and resonant realities of the Christian tradition as deep wells for a thirsty age. This movement across the church looks back in order to move forward. David Buschart and Kent Eilers survey this varied movement and identify six areas where the impulse and practice of retrieval has been notably fruitful and suggestive. More than a survey and mapping of the terrain, Theology as Retrieval inspires reflection, practice and hope.