Recent decades have seen major shifts in our understanding of Christian identity. This timely book explores contemporary theological theory in asking what makes a Christian in the twenty-first century. * Engages with developments in contemporary theological thought, assessing the work of leading figures Rowan Williams, John Milbank, and Kathryn Tanner * Challenges accepted ideas of Christian identity by revealing largely unexplored perspectives on how sin affects its formation * Contributes to vexed debates about Christian identity at a time when Christianity is expanding in some regions, yet in decline in many parts of the Western world
Medi Ann Volpe is Lecturer in Theology and Ethics at Cranmer Hall, Durham University. She has published in Modern Theology, amongst other journals, and is co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Catholic Theology (forthcoming, with L. Ayres).
Giving Thanks viii List of Abbreviations xi Introduction: Rethinking Christian Identity 1 1 Between the Postliberal and the Postmodern: "True Discipleship" as Cultural Style 12 2 Stories of Identity: Rowan Williams on Being a Christian 52 3 "It is no longer I who live": Receiving the Identity of Christ 105 4 The Body's Reason: Gregory and Macrina on the Soul 145 5 The Nature of Doctrine Revisited: Gregory of Nyssa on the Formation of Christian Imagination 183 6 Doctrine, Discipleship, and Christian Identity 222 Bibliography 242 Index 254