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Theology and the fragmentation of the self.

Woodhead, Linda J. P. (1999) Theology and the fragmentation of the self. International Journal of Systematic Theology, 1 (1). pp. 53-72. ISSN 1463-1652

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Abstract

Modern Christian anthropology frequently adopts from socio-cultural theory the thesis that modern selfhood is fragmented. This 'fragmentation thesis' should be placed within a framework which sees modernity not as homogeneous but as stranded. Four conflicting construals of modern selfhood can be discerned: the bestowed self, the rational self, the boundless self and the effective self. In promoting versions of the bestowed self through communitarian and Trinitarian ideas, contemporary theological anthropology often fails to meet the challenges posed by other construals of selfhood, or to take seriously lessons learnt from contemporary forms of Christianity like the evangelical–charismatic upsurge.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Systematic Theology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Politics & International Relations (Merged into PPR 2010-08-01)
ID Code: 24393
Deposited By: ep_ss_importer
Deposited On: 10 Mar 2009 15:25
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 16:25
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/24393

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