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Biblical lament and political protest

Williams, Andrew 2014. Biblical lament and political protest. Cambridge Papers , pp. 1-4.

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Abstract

This paper considers the pastoral and political role of biblical lament in the Christian life. The theology and practice of lament is often neglected in congregations, despite its prominence in the biblical text. Such neglect deprives churches of a pastoral resource and moreover, as this paper highlights, diminishes the church’s capacity for prophetic critique and political activism in the face of social injustice. This paper argues lament is needed in corporate worship and prayer, not only to give spiritual expression to faith wrestling with pain, but also to re-energise communities of believers to name injustice, recognise political agency and sustain prophetic action.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Publisher: Cambridge Papers
ISSN: 1361-7710
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Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 1 March 2014
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:04
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/78049

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