Liminal Reality and Transformational Power explores, draws together, and integrates the many facets of liminality, and informs our understanding of liminal phenomena in the world. Through anthropology, sociology, theology, neurology and psychology, Carson correlates exterior transitions with their corresponding intra-psychic movements and points toward useful methods that contribute to personal and social transformation. In this revised edition, Carson has recognised the resurgence of liminality, and addresses the social transitions that are prevalent today in communities around the world. He examines the identity of the 'liminal' person and highlights the role of ritual leaders and religious professionals as they guide people through liminal time and space. Carson's work greatly contributes to an expanded understanding of the complex dimensions of religious leadership and provides useful insight into our intra-psychic processes during the significant transitional stages in life.
Timothy Carson is Senior Minister at the Broadway Christian Church in Columbia, Missouri, and holds the Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity and Bachelor of Education degrees. He is the author of several works that explore the intersection between Christian faith and culture such as 'Your Calling as a Christian', 'The Square Root of God: Mathematical Metaphors' and 'Spiritual Tangents and Six Doors to the Seventh Dimension'.
Foreword Preface Foreword to the Revised Edition Acknowledgments Introduction Part I Chapter 1. Anthropology and the Rites of Passage Chapter 2. Life, Death and Rebirth Chapter 3. On Being There All the Time Chapter 4. The Inside of the Outside Chapter 5. In Our Stars or in Our Genes Chapter 6. Continuity and Context Chapter 7. Present Day Passage Chapter 8. More Than Madness Part II Introduction to Part II Chapter 9. The Liminal Locale of Hospitalization Chapter 10. Higher Education as Liminal Domain Chapter 11. In Season and Out of Season Chapter 12. Liturgy Betwixt and Between Chapter 13. Caring Through the Passage Chapter 14. The Transforming Tribe Chapter 15. Epilogue: The Minister as Liminal Being Appendices Appendix 1. Biblical References in which the Number Forty Serves as Symbol of Liminal Reality Appendix 2. The Rites of Passage Model Appendix 3. The Cyclical Rites of Passage Model Appendix 4. Congregational Resources for Initiation, Ritual and Rites of Passage Appendix 5. Scriptural Resources Bibliography Index