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Redeeming Critique: Resignations to the Cultural Turn in Christian Theology and Ethics

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dc.contributor.author Smith, Ted A., 1968-
dc.date.accessioned 2009-05-14T15:43:42Z
dc.date.available 2009-05-14T15:43:42Z
dc.date.copyright 2004
dc.date.issued 2004
dc.identifier.citation Smith, Ted A. "Redeeming Critique: Resignations to the Cultural Turn in Christian Theology and Ethics." Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 24.2 (2004): 89-113. en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/2988
dc.description.abstract In this essay I begin by naming a "turn to culture" that marks a wide range of works in contemporary theology and ethics. I describe how the turn plays out in books by Stanley Hauerwas and Delores S. Williams and argue that their idealist versions of the turn uncritically replicate core features of the dominant cultures they try to criticize. I explain how their idealism in conceiving the oppositional cultures to which they turn constructs those cultures as "others" to the culture being criticized, wholes unto themselves, and symbols that directly participate in some ultimate good or truth. I then gesture toward a more critical, self-conscious performance of the turn to culture. I argue that turns to culture should not obscure but rather thematize the role of the critic in making the turn. I use the work of Pierre Bourdieu and Walter Benjamin to argue that self-conscious critique will involve a set of resignations to reflexivity rather than otherness, to a hodgepodge of highly mobile practices rather than a single, unified tradition, and to regarding cultural artifacts as mixed allegories rather than pure symbols. en
dc.description.sponsorship Smith, Ted A. "Redeeming Critique: Resignations to the Cultural Turn in Christian Theology and Ethics." Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics 24.2 (2004): 89-113 originally published by Georgetown University Press of Washington, D.C. Used by permission of the Society of Christian Ethics (U.S.). en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Georgetown University Press en
dc.subject.lcsh Religion and culture en
dc.subject.lcsh Criticism en
dc.subject.lcsh Self-knowledge, Theory of en
dc.subject.lcsh Allegory en
dc.title Redeeming Critique: Resignations to the Cultural Turn in Christian Theology and Ethics en
dc.type Article en
dc.type Text en
dc.description.school Vanderbilt University. Divinity School en


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