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Comparing FaithfullyInsights for Systematic Theological Reflection$
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Michelle Voss Roberts

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823274666

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823274666.001.0001

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Salvation in the After-Living

Salvation in the After-Living

Reflections on Salvation With Joshua Ralston and Sharon Betcher

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Comparing Faithfully
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Shelly Rambo

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823274666.003.0016

While both Sharon Betcher and Joshua Ralston turn attention away from interpreting salvation in terms of salvific ends, Shelly Rambo’s chapter questions whether the discourse of ends and the afterlife might be employed to speak to the present afterlife of trauma. It reflects on how discourses of salvation within Christianity, in particular, might be redirected to address lived somatic realities, thus registering fear and anxiety. Situating readers in the Johannine Upper Room in the aftermath of the death of Jesus, this chapter recasts the meaning of salvation in light of endings. It gestures toward aesthetic modes of comparative theology as offering a means of countering religious violence, turning a discourse of ends into practices of living in the aftermath of violent endings.

Keywords:   aesthetic, afterlife, comparative theology, ends, salvation, trauma, violence

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