A Postmodern Theology of Ritual Action

An Exploration of Foot Washing among the Original Free Will Baptist Community

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Jonathan L. Best
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Pickwick Publications
    , February
     250 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


A Postmodern Theology of Ritual Action is a unique work that seeks to explore where we find meaning within ritual and actions within the church. Bridging hermeneutics, philosophy, and postmodern thought, this work seeks to explore how to do theology with the community through conversation. Beginning with the mindset that meaning is already present within ritual action rather than outside it, Best engages the practice of foot washing among the Original Free Will Baptist denomination of eastern North Carolina. Foot washing suggests a new future for theology, a future that models love, service, and acceptance. Incorporating insights gained from conversing with philosophy, theology, and the Original Free Will Baptists, foot washing points toward a future relational practical theology. A Postmodern Theology of Ritual Action is a captivating work that draws from both philosophers and theologians to show that we can learn much by listening to the voices of religious practitioners.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Jonathan L. Best is Adjunct Professor at St. Thomas University and an ordained minister of the Original Free Will Baptist Convention.


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