Materiality as Resistance
Five Elements for Moral Action in the Real World
by Walter Brueggemann
Pub Date 18 Feb 2020
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What is materiality?
Jesus practiced materiality when he healed the bodies of the sick, proclaimed Jubilee to the poor, and fed the five thousand. He practiced materiality over materialism. In Materiality as Resistance, Walter Brueggemann defines materiality as the use of the material aspects of the Christian faith, as opposed to materialism, which places possessions and physical comfort over spiritual values. In this concise volume, Brueggemann lays out how we as Christians may reengage our materiality for the common good. How does materiality inform our faith when it comes to food, money, the body, time, and place? How does it force us to act? Likewise, how is the church obligated to use its time, money, abundance of food, the care and use of our bodies, observance of Sabbath, and stewardship of our world and those with whom we share it? With a foreword from Jim Wallis, Materiality as Resistance serves as a manifesto of Walter Brueggemann’s most important work and as an engaging call to action. It is suited for group or individual study.
“We live in an era where Christianity has become known by the general population as a religion that has very little to do with improving the state of the physical world that we share. Its adherents have a reputation for leveraging political power and wealth to ensure their own flourishing, with little regard for the rest of the world. In Materiality as Resistance, Walter Brueggemann has crafted a compact but potent call for the modern Church to return to Christ’s message and model of living—one that seeks to bring tangible restoration and redemption to our world for the common good of absolutely everyone. This timely message from one of this generations most prophetic voices is a convicting, practical, and inspiring read for everyone who claims the name of Jesus in the twenty-first century.” —Rev. Brandan Robertson, Lead Pastor, Missiongathering San Diego and author of True Inclusion: Creating Communities of Radical Embrace