Category: Theology

Theology filtered by type: Journal Articles

"A Bloodthirsty Salvation: Behind the Popular Polarized Reaction to Gibson‘s ‘The Passion’" In Journal of Religion and Film. vol. 9, no. 1, 2005

This article analyzes viewer response to The Passion of the Christ, focusing on how viewers interpreted the film‘s dominant atonement images, in order to explore just how these images operate in popular culture, how they influence values, practices and beliefs, and to question the social impact of the discourse of violence and redemptive dynamics imbedded in the religious images themselves.

Kelly Denton-Borhaug "The Language of ‘Sacrifice’ in the Buildup to War: A Feminist Rhetorical and Theological Analysis" Spring In The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture. 2007

The language of “sacrifice” in official U.S. government communications was strategically utilized to generate support for the Iraq war in the American public following Sept. 11, 2001. I explore victimage rhetoric and framing, and feminist theological criticisms of Christian atonement metaphors to argue that familiar religious connotations of sacrificial language created a frame with deep emotional resonance that encouraged quietistic support for war.

Kelly Denton-Borhaug "A Deadly Nexus: ‘Necessity,’ Christian Salvation and War Culture" Fall In International Journal of the Humanities. vol. 5, no. 9, 2007 : 161-168

This article draws on analysis of the ―logic of masculinist protection,‖ outlined by Iris Marion Young to describe the security regime that emerged in the United States following Sept. 11, 2001. Young‘s analysis is brought to bear to explore Augustine‘s writing on war. I probe how ―necessity‖ and ―sacrifice‖ in Christian ethics and theology wittingly/unwittingly undergirds the logic of masculinist protection in just war culture.

Kelly Denton-Borhaug "A Theological Reflection on ‘Torture and Democracy’" In Dialog. vol. 47, no. 3, August 2008 : 217-227

First, this article summarizes the findings of a comprehensive resource, Torture and Democracy, by Darius Rejali, as a corrective for the current state of confusion and concealment in the United States with respect to the persistence of torture. Second, it theologically responds a) by reflecting on victims of torture as ―nonpersons‖ in light of theological anthropology, and b) by addressing how sacrificialism in religion influences social assumptions about torture.

Kelly Denton-Borhaug "Sacrifice and U.S. War-Culture" In Prajna Vihara: Journal of Philosophy and Religion. vol. 10, no. 1-2, Assumption University Press: Graduate School of Philosophy and Religion at Assumption University, Thailand Jan-Dec 2009

What would we say about the losses associated with war if we did not describe them as sacrifices? How is this experience influenced by narratives of Jesus‘ cosmic sacrificial self-giving? This article explores the electrical exchange of sacrificial frameworks in U.S. war-culture and popular Christian understandings and practices to ask: Is there a way to rehabilitate understandings of sacrifice in Christianity without aiding and abetting war?

Kelly Denton-Borhaug "War-Culture and Sacrifice" 18 In Feminist Theology - The Journal of The British and Ireland Feminist School of Theology. vol. 2, 2010 : 175-191

This article first explores and exposes the interpenetration of the ethos, institutions, and culture of militarism in the United States‘ culture at large. Second, the article investigates the rhetoric and practices of sacrifice that run like a current between war-culture and popular understandings of Christianity in the United States. Frameworks of sacrifice animate war-culture and simultaneously mask its operations with a sacred canopy.

Lisa Dahill "Spirituality in Lutheran Perspective: Much to Offer, Much to Learn" Winter In Word & World. no. 18, 1998

Provides a Lutheran definition of spirituality and introduces readers to the academic study of Christian spirituality.

Lisa Dahill "Probing the Will of God: Bonhoeffer and Discernment" 41 In Dialog. vol. 1, Spring 2002

Discernment refers to the complex practice of learning, as an individual or community, to attend to the voice and leading of the Spirit in one‘s own life and context. This practice was central to Bonhoeffer‘s spirituality as he sought to remain attentive to God‘s presence and guidance in the unprecedented and morally chaotic world of Nazi Germany. This essay traces central elements of Bonhoeffer‘s experience of discernment as an initial contribution to a broader Lutheran understanding of this practice.

Lisa Dahill "Bonhoeffer and Resistance to Evil" In Journal of Lutheran Ethics. July 2003 http://www.elca.org/scriptlib/dcs/jle/article.asp?aid=59

This article explores ten strategies – some counter-intuitive – by which I see Bonhoeffer engaged in resisting various dimensions of the Nazi worldview and complicity with evil. It includes implications for our own resistance and context.

Lisa Dahill "Bonhoeffer’s Late Spirituality: Challenge, Limit, and Treasure" In Journal of Lutheran Ethics. December 2006 http://www.elca.org/jle/article.asp?k=683

This essay takes further the ―Christmas‖ motif as a metaphor of Bonhoeffer‘s Lutheran spirituality. Condensed from lectures given at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, CA, and Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Ontario, it focuses on the last five years of Bonhoeffer‘s life and the intensifying of the incarnational heart of his experience of Jesus Christ in the face of not only profound suffering and evil, but the radiance of love.