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The Many Faces of the Worshipping Self:
David Ford's Anglican Vision of Christian Transformation

Luther Zeigler

This essay explores the substantive and methodological contours of David Ford's Self and Salvation, an imaginative re-visioning of Christian selfhood in the postmodern world. Ford fashions a model of Christian identity around the key images of "facing," "worshipping," and "feasting." We are moved toward salvation, Ford argues, by allowing the radical hospitality of self-giving love that is offered in Jesus' life to transform our relationships with one another, by renewing our practices of piety, and by celebrating the superabundance of God's love in our community life. Ford's seemingly eclectic theological method--one that is eager to engage a plurality of postmodern voices while at the same time remaining true to biblical witness and to the values expressed in our shared life of worship--is in fact a promising example of how a classically Anglican way of doing theology can be adapted to provide a fruitful framework for theological reflection in an increasingly diverse world.

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