Category Archives: Suburban Studies

Book | The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race by Willie Jennings

9780300152111Jennings, Willie James. The Christian Imagination: Theology and the Origins of Race. New Haven CT: Yale University Press, 2010.

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Dr. Simpson gave a wonderful lecture on Aristotle so that we could better understand Jennings arguments.

I think this has deep implications for Suburban Spirituality. The suburbs are predominantly comprised of those “higher” on the “actualized” scale and embedded with White, European, Aristotelian, Colonializing imaginations that are blind to the complicity inherent within the status quo of our current Christian praxis. I’ll definitely need to process this more intensely. read more

Article | Spirituality and Social Change: Rebuilding the Human City by Philip Sheldrake

Sheldrake, Philip. “Spirituality and Social Change: Rebuilding the Human City.” Spiritus 9, no. 2 (2009): 137-156.

“To be human embodies a common life and a common task…it is important to note the intimate link between human identity and a Trinitarian theology of God.” (138)
This article is important for my work. It addresses some of my main points: Trinity, Augustine, space and place, urban/suburban planning, interiority and exteriority in spirituality.

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Book | Thketch of The Christian Imagination by Willie Jennings

Willie Jennings book, The Christian Imagination, is “A probing study of the cultural fragmentation—social, spatial, and racial—that took root in the Western mind [it] shows how Christianity has consistently forged Christian nations rather than encouraging genuine communion between disparate groups and individuals.” (from Amazon.com book description.