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Spirit in the Cities: Searching for Soul in the Urban Landscape

Spirit in the Cities: Searching for Soul in the Urban Landscape

In recent decades economic dislocation, immigration, new architecture, and other forces have transformed the physical, social, and even religious landscape of large cities. There gleaming skyscrapers tower over struggling ghettos, abandoned businesses mar upscale shopping areas, and tall-steeple churches sometimes languish where storefront mosques thrive.

Exploring the religious significance of this new urban landscape, a group of theologians, members of the Workgroup on Constructive Christian Theology, traveled to select cities and found an exciting, vibrant, and multivoiced religious spirit at work. In these essays five leading American theologians delve deeply into the contemporary spiritual geographies of five cities, capturing, through a mix of personal and historical narrative, political analysis, and theological rumination, a sense of this new sacred space and the spirit aborning there.
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  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800636821
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 160
  • Publication Date August 5, 2004


"Moving as the spirit does, without regard for the usual boundaries of religious institutions, spirits of resistance surface in these nontraditional urban locations of religious questioning. Those spirits of resistance emerge in forces for humanization and regeneration. They can be found in new communities that enable people to cope, survive, and hope within and across the multiple urban locations."
— from the Preface

Table of Contents

    Kathryn Tanner

  1. Taking the Train: A Theological Journey through Los Angeles County
    Sheila Briggs, University of Southern California

  2. A Theologian in the Factory: Toward a Theology of Social Transformation
    M. Shawn Copeland, Boston College

  3. Tasting the Bitter with the Sweet: The Spiritual Geography of Newark
    Linda A. Mercadante, Methodist School of Theology

  4. Degenerate Utopia in Philadelphia: Toward a Theology of Urban Transcendence
    Mark Lewis Taylor, Princeton Theological Seminary

  5. La Habana: The City That Inhabits Me
    Ada María Isasi-Díaz, Drew Theological School