The God We Worship: A Liturgical Theology (Kantzer Lectures) (Wolterstorff, 2013)

http://henrycenter.tiu.edu/kantzer-lectures-in-revealed-theology/past-lectures-publications/nicholas-wolterstorff/

Christian theology comes in many different configurations. In these lectures, Nicholas Wolterstorff makes explicit the understanding of God that is implicit in Christian liturgy, then articulates that understanding. In preparation for constructive project, Wolterstorff discusses the nature of liturgy in general, and of Christian liturgy in particular, and explains what it is to make explicit what is implicit.

Lecture 1: The Project: Liturgical Theology
Lecture 2: God as Worthy of Worship
Lecture 3: God as One Who Listens and Speaks
Lecture 4: God as Listener
Lecture 5: What are We Saying When We Say that God Listens?
Lecture 6: God as One Who Hears Favorably
Lecture 7: God as One Who Speaks
Lecture 8: The Understanding of God Implicit in the Eucharist

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The Language of Rights and Conceptual History (O’Donovan, 2009)

In the Journal of Religious Ethics in 2009 O’Donovan offered a critical reading of Nicholas Wolterstorff on rights

Abstract

The historical problem about the origins of the language of rights derives its importance from the conceptual problem: of “two fundamentally different ways of thinking about justice,” which is basic? Is justice unitary or plural? This in turn opens up a problem about the moral status of human nature. A narrative of the origins of “rights” is an account of how and when a plural concept of justice comes to the fore, and will be based on the occurrence of definite speech-forms—the occurrence of the plural noun in the sense of “legal properties.” The history of this development is currently held to begin with the twelfth-century canonists. Later significant thresholds may be found in the fourteenth, sixteenth, and eighteenth centuries. Wolterstorff’s attempt to find the implicit recognition of rights in the Scriptures depends very heavily on what he takes to be implied rather than on what is stated, and at best can establish a pre-history of rights-language.

Wolterstorff’s reponse to him and others appeared in the same issue

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