Wisdom and Imagination

Many of the chapters in this collection of Australian and New Zealand religious Progressives were first presented as contributions to the internationally acclaimed Common Dreams Conference of Religious Progressives in Australia and New Zealand. The topics cover diverse subjects including: prayer, liturgy, Bible, eco-theology, the influence of J. A. T. Robinsons book, Honest to God, as well as progressive theological thought in Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Authors include Val Webb, Lloyd Geering, Lorraine Parkinson, Aviva Kipen, John W. Smith, Noel Preston, Glynn Cardy, Jenny Te Paa Daniel, Rex Hunt, Sherene Hassan, Greg Jenks, Nigel Leaves, and Heather Carter. David Felten (USA) provides a Foreword and Bruce Sanguin (Canada) contributes an Afterword.

Testing tradition and liberating theology

There has never been one truth, despite what people claim. Theological ideas have waxed and waned through history, taking conflicting turns with changing leaders, worldviews and political forces. This fast-paced, lay-friendly book, backed by serious, inquisitive scholarship, follows this maze, shining a spotlight into dark corners and dusty shelves to observe ideas silenced and others declared eternal. As many people walk away from churches that are unwilling to face the big questions, this book offers readers permission to think for themselves.

Testing Traditions and Liberating Theology may well be the best volume to come from Val Webb’s prolific key pad. – Noel Preston.

Doing theology is about finding your own voice in an ongoing theological conversation. This book provides challenge, companionship and resources in this process. – Sue Emeleus and Frances Mackay in EREMOS.

Testing Tradition and Liberating Theology┬áis a little Aussie gem from our own pre-eminent lay theologian Dr Val Webb. – Bruce Mullan, Journey.

 

Ethics with or without God

Here is a book for all who seek the common good and who accept the need to recover and discover a spirituality that supports us in meeting contemporary, personal and societal ethical challenges, regardless of religious allegiance. The author acknowledges that the Jesus story is central to his life and while he values the Judeo-Christian heritage, he rejects traditional theism and challenges the claims about the uniqueness of Christian ethics. In proposing an ethical vision and spirituality for humanity, he honestly asks whether religious belief can be part of that quest and in traversing a range of issues from homophobia to globalisation, he explores a secular sacred approach as a way forward.