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Sarah Coakley on Girard

While we await another installment of Sarah Coakley’s “unsystematic systematics” or “theologie totale” she continues to expand upon some themes that she has previously covered. During the 2013 Gifford Lectures she highlighted her work with evolutionary biologist Martin Nowak and its importance for a reclamation of a traditional notion of sacrifice. 1,566 more words

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Closer to Truth is a long-running PBS series in which Robert Lawrence Kuhn travels the world discussing “the big questions” — about science, the cosmos, philosophy, and religion — with thoughtful and interesting people who, by and large, know what they are talking about. 122 more words


Sarah Coakley - Feminism needs (like everybody else) to kneel before the Father

“Can a feminist call God Father”, then? One might more truly sist that she, above all, must, for it lies with her alone to do the kneeling work that ultimately slays patriarchy at its root.  8 more words


Sarah Coakley - We need to slay every patriarchal daemon, especially our own

Ultimately there are no short cuts in the battle against repressive patriarchy: the demons have to be slain one by one, and indeed over and over; and it is the task of us all to slay our own demons.  8 more words


Sarah Coakley - Summary of Coakley's Théologie totale

All in all, theologie totale is hard work. But it is not the hard work of a Pelagian ‘works righteousness’. It is the graced work of contemplation and theology and ethics and politics – without division, without confusion. 21 more words


Sarah Coakley - The value of Théologie totale

We can therefore conclude that non-reductive sociology, and especially non-reductive sociology of religion, has a vital role to play as handmaid to a theologie totale. God ‘in the field’ is found by lifting the decks on the grimy ills of ‘Wigan Pier’ without getting stuck there, not by fantasizing about a postmodern theme park ‘Wigan Pier’ of unreal nostalgia (for a lost past of neo-Gothic liturgical enchantment), nor by denying that the sea of faith is often awash with muck. 80 more words


Sarah Coakley - A Théologie totale is engaged with the social sciences but should not be controlled by them

Hence a théologie totale refuses to reduce doctrine to a mere effect of social, political, or patriarchal conditions. For once such a reductive hermeneutics of suspicion is allowed to triumph over the (eternal, divine) invitation to charity, forgiveness, and reconciliation, a new idolatry has also triumphed: that of anger stuck in victimology, and the implicit recreation of a ‘God’ made merely in my own image.  8 more words