David Brown is a widely-respected British theologian who initially made his mark in analytic discussions of Christian doctrine, such as the Trinity. However, with the publication of Tradition and Imagination: Revelation and Change (1999) his career entered a distinctly new phase, focused on theology, imagination, and the arts. Four related volumes followed, dealing with biblical interpretation, Christian discipleship, art and icons, place and space, the body, music, metaphor, drama, liturgy, the sacraments, religious experience, and popular culture. According to Brown, the fundamental thesis underlying all five volumes is that both natural and revealed theology are in crisis, and the only way out is to give proper attention to the cultural embeddedness of both. Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture is the first attempt to assess the significance of this remarkable series, and its contributors include some of the most prominent philosophers, theologians, historians, biblical scholars, literary scholars, and cultural critics writing today.
Aside from its exceptional interdisciplinary range and ecumenical line-up, a distinctive feature is sustained consideration of Browns analysis of popular culture. Given the stature of the contributors, this volume is not merely of interest as a commentary on Browns work, but also makes an important original contribution to our understandings of theology, aesthetics, and culture as they relate to the life of the Church, academy, and human society.
Yes, Mandela resorted to violence as a response to the ruling, but illegitimate, regime’s use of violence. It is true that when offered a conditional release by PW Botha he did not meet the condition of renouncing violence – but that is not the whole truth. What he said was that he would renounce violence if the government also renounced violence. Of course they wouldn’t and so he didn’t.
The difference between a terrorist and a revolutionary, between a traitor and a freedom fighter is often one of perspective. It’s not enough to say that so and so embraced violence to achieve their ends. George Washington fought a war to gain political freedom. Then he went back to his farm (but did he renounce violence or apologise for having done so?). This is a better parallel for Mandela. Mandela did not rule by means of violence. He came to power via the ballot and notably reined in the security forces after the excesses of the apartheid era.
EXERCISE BANDS (M, B) – These exercises involve the use of coloured resistance bands for the main purposes of muscle strengthening and stretching. The bands are colour coded according to resistance with the more colourful bands providing less resistance and darker bands providing the most resistance. Typically, the band is anchored to a stationary object or body part while the opposite end is either gripped or attached to the body segment being exercised, however, exercise techniques vary. These exercises are an excellent way for children to receive a full body strengthening exercise when a gym is not made available; the bands can easily fit into any bag and are very durable. Be sure to avoid releasing the band when it is in a stretched position in order to avoid harm.