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  Confessionalism and Pietism: Call for papers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
As far as the ‘cultural turn’ in confessionalization research and the definitional crisis of Pietism studies are concerned, it would seem that the place and function of piety and devotional movements within the confessional state are urgently in need of further assessment.
Was Pietism a reaction to confessionalization, in the sense of a critique of political and ecclesiastical policies, of the professionalization of the clergy, of arid dogmatism and rigid discipline?
Confessionalization is usually seen to have occurred between 1550 and 1650, while its result – the confessional state – existed until the end of the eighteenth century.
www.relic-vu.nl /extra/pietismcall.html   (1364 words)

  
 poetrymagazines.org.uk - Getting Poetry to Confess   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Confessionalism is the movement by which contemporary culture has been marked in the past ten years, and its power shows no sign of dwindling.
Confessionalism is the mode of poetry in prisons, in survivors’ groups, in writers’ groups, in adolescent bedrooms.
The confessional movement needs to be revalued as an important progression in twentieth century poetry - one that was not just outpoured emotion, but emotion transformed into art by often ignored technical mastery.
www.poetrymagazines.org.uk /magazine/record.asp?id=4935   (1725 words)

  
 Living Options in Protestant Theology
Hence, the confessional theologian is not simply shut in to the confession of the particularities of his communal apprehension of God’s revelation.
There is certainly a strong confessional element in the New Testament in that men are directly testifying to their apprehension of God in Jesus Christ and not attempting to demonstrate his existence or his presence.
Confessional affirmations, therefore, should not be used to support the principles in terms of which confessionalism is vindicated.
www.religion-online.org /showchapter.asp?title=806&C=1099   (12124 words)

  
 University of Stirling Poetry and Sexuality Conference 1-4 July 2004 Saturday's Plath, Sexton and Olds Page
Confessional, then, becomes a critical term that replaces sentimental—particularly as sexuality replaces piety in the poems’ content—but that still asks that women be heartfelt while simultaneously dismissing them for that very trait.
To support this notion that confessional poetesses are not real poets, we often put their poems aside in many respects to critique their lives—private and sexual lives, at times revealed in the poetry, which, of course, complicates the notion.
Sentimental preaching and confessional screeching might be reconfigured, seen in conjunction, and used to value previously marginalized poems and poets in the literary tradition.
www.poetryconference.stir.ac.uk /ps22.html   (1141 words)

  
 SCJToday: February 2005
For confessionalism a good bit of the Christian life includes a recognition of the spiritual dangers that still afflict believers and their consequent need for spiritual help and sustenance that the ministry of the church is designed to provide.
But this complaint is based on an assumption about the nature of Chrisitan devotion that confessionalism rejects-namely, that conversion results in strong believers who are so powerful that the true measure of spiritual zeal is what they accomplish either by winning new converts or by performing moral deeds.
Confessionalism's understanding of the Christian life as a pilgrimage, however, assumes the weakness and fraility of believers and measures success by the degree to which they continue to trust in God and hope for the world to come despite the trials and sufferings of this life.
scjtoday.typepad.com /scjtoday/2005/02   (2140 words)

  
 A Certain Sense of Order: Confessionalism and Anne Sexton's Poetry
Confessional poetry is, then, a specific and legitimate movement in twentieth century poetry, it is at once a modern manifestation of an ongoing tradition, a reaction against a previously dominant mode, and a unique development.
Threatens to become a kind of legendary cultural tragedy which supports any of a variety of interpretations--the romantic one of her as a doomed artist, the psychiatric one of her as a schizophrenic exhibitionist, the mythopoetic one of her as a "dying [goddess]," the "feminist" one of her as a victim of the patriarchal culture.
In the poetry deemed Confessional we presume the voice to be the historical Sexton (to a greater or lesser degree).
www.contemporarypoetry.com /brain/poetry/prose/sextonessay.html   (7592 words)

  
 Biblionomic National Confessionalism -NRA
Bill surveys the history of national confessionalism (largely with the Scottish Covenanters, its courageous popularizers) and concludes that, while national confession is not incompatible with a state church, such an idea in the American context may not be wise.
Bill observed in his excellent chapter that one problem with traditional national confessionalism is that it does not stipulate what a society officially recognizing the Lordship of Christ would look like.
This is where a national confessional stress on the Lordship of Christ apart from specific content renders the NRA vulnerable.
www.natreformassn.org /statesman/98/natcon.html   (1635 words)

  
 CERD/C/SR.1628 of 9 March 2004   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Among the positive aspects of the report was the fact that it provided statistics on the number and breakdown of foreigners with residence permits; the distribution of work permits by country and profession; and measures taken to improve the protection of foreign workers.
Given the historical, legal and political reality in the reporting State, it was difficult to understand why it was necessary to replace political confessionalism by specialization and competence in the public service, the magistrature, the military and security institutions, and public and mixed undertakings (paragraph 20 of the sixteenth periodic report).
He wondered what confessional group the child belonged to if the father was not a Lebanese citizen and therefore not a member of a confessional group himself, as that would affect political and other rights.
domino.un.org /UNISPAL.NSF/561c6ee353d740fb8525607d00581829/37883c88529c48c385256e54006ab9ad!OpenDocument   (4721 words)

  
 christian politics in new zealand   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Graeme Lee, the National MP, was an opponent of confessionalism, believing that a party which followed this doctrine would never gain sufficient support.
A major sticking point was the issue of confessionalism, which Lee continued to oppose.
The prospect of two competing Christian parties alarmed many Christian conservative activists, and there were repeated attempts to get the two sides talking once again, but the issue of confessionalism (as well as several other policy differences that had emerged) made this difficult.
www.yourencyclopedia.net /christian_politics_in_new_zealand.html   (2575 words)

  
 Evangelical Catholics & Confessional Evangelicals The ecumenical polarities of Lutheranism · Gene Edward ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Like the Catholics, these confessional Lutherans, recognizing that the Protestant civil religion of the public schools was inimical to their faith, established an extensive system of parochial schools to educate their children in a way that would be supportive of their faith.
The most rigorously confessional Lutheran pastors can be recognized by their fl shirts and white clerical collars, the priest-like garb worn by traditional holders of the pastoral office before they adopted the American-style minister's coat and tie.
Many confessional Lutherans have taken to calling themselves "evangelical catholics." They are catholic in their historic creeds, their worship, and their sacramentalism, and they are evangelical in their trust in the good news of Christ, that in his cross he has saved us by sheer grace for a life of Christian freedom.
www.touchstonemag.com /docs/issues/11.3docs/evangelical,%20confessional.html   (2769 words)

  
 CERD/C/298/Add.2 - State Party Report - Lebanon
Confessionalism as to personal status means that everything affecting the family - marriage, filiation (including adoptive filiation, separation, divorce) and, to some extent, successions - comes under the laws drawn up by the various communities under the authority of the State.
A national committee shall be established, under the presidency of the President of the Republic and comprising, in addition to the President of the Chamber of Deputies and the President of the Council of Ministers, eminent political, intellectual and social personalities.
Pending the elimination of political confessionalism - which, as previously stated, is called for under new article 95 of the Constitution - and in order to strengthen national unity, the principle of the extended electoral district has been adopted.
www.hri.ca /fortherecord1998/documentation/tbodies/cerd-c-298-add2.htm   (3612 words)

  
 DECONFESSIONALIZING THE CALL
Despite their wisdom, however, from the time of independence to the eve of the war in 1975, confessionalism proliferated, succeeding in pervading all state institutions and all levels of the national bureaucracy.
Indeed, confessionalism did not die out with time as had been thought; rather, between 1943 and 1975 it was reinforced.
As the instrument of a confessional "New Deal," it succeeded in silencing the guns and allowed for the gradual reinstatement of peaceful means and processes of political activity.
www.lcps-lebanon.org /pub/breview/br6/salambr6.html   (1329 words)

  
 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
On confessionalism, he said the solution to this matter was a gradual process, adding that the Committee was very concerned about the possible negative effects on the enjoyment of rights by minority groups.
Confessionalism as to personal status means that everything affecting the family comes under the laws drawn up by the various communities under the authority of the State, whereas political confessionalism means that political and administrative posts are distributed among the various communities.
He highlighted the positive aspect that statistical data was included in the report which provided a breakdown of foreigners and job distribution among foreigners and also for providing a clear explanation for the status of domestic law in general.
www.unhchr.ch /huricane/huricane.nsf/view01/85B9BAD47B051DBAC1256E4D0058099C?opendocument   (2805 words)

  
 Lebanonwire.com | National Bloc leader places spotlight on ‘sins of omission’
This was the Brazilian in Edde speaking, and to hear him remark that he had difficulty thinking in terms of a Christian-Muslim dichotomy was, given the temper of the audience, exotic.
Confessionalism has also protected the Lebanese from the exploitation of an overbearing state.
The advantages of confessionalism notwithstanding, Edde is right to reprimand the passiveness of the Lebanese, whatever their community.
www.lebanonwire.com /aa-lebanon/02032307DS.htm   (741 words)

  
 herbswanson.com
Reformed confessionalism also tended, consequently, to divest the Bible of its historical moorings and turn it into a body of unchanging divine truths necessary to the construction of a rational, methodical, and scientific explanation and defense of the Christian faith.
Among those confessions, the brief statement of Reformed confessional beliefs issued by the Synod of Dort (1619), in the white heat of debate with the followers of Jacob Arminius (1560-1609), proved to be a classic reformulation of Reformed confessionalism.
In spite of the undeniable influence of Reformed confessionalism, that is, the Princeton Theology was an indigenous American theology, responsive to the cultural and religious forces of its national context.
www.herbswanson.com /thesis_irony/prelude_to_irony_chapter1.htm   (12457 words)

  
 Universality and Confessionalism
Inter- Confessional Christianity is an abstract Christianity, and in it there is not the concrete fullness of life.
More deep and spiritual an understanding ought to weaken confessional fanaticism and self-conceit; it leads to another plane than that, on which are played out the struggles of the divided and hostile parts of the Christian world.
Berdyaev, in addition to using the literal russification of the word "ecumenical", uses also this word "vselenskost'" which I translate as "universal" which is the literal meaning of the Greek-derived "oikumene" (sic "ecumenical councils" in contrast to those that are only "local" or parochial); indeed, the word "catholic" bears in part similar meaning.
www.chebucto.ns.ca /Philosophy/Sui-Generis/Berdyaev/essays/uc.htm   (6397 words)

  
 Lebanonwire.com | Conference debates creation of citizens
Nassar said that according to Shiha, consociational democracy was based on the rule of minority confessional groups in an attempt to offer balance and equality in the society, but concealing an undercurrent of conflict between and within groups.
Nassar said that the concept of consociational democracy should be criticized because it is not based on the principles of citizenship, which prioritize the individual and not the group.
Houbal Lah said that Lebanon could only get out of such confessional thinking by strengthening the state in a way that allows people to be independent of their religions step by step.
www.lebanonwire.com /0312/03121915DS.asp   (920 words)

  
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“Constructive confessional Lutheranism” is the term he employs, which means that we accept the confessions as an example of evangelical witness which were formulated in a “special kairos” for the crisis of their day.
Confessional subscription is a solemn act of confessing in which I willingly (AC, Conclusion: FC SD XII,40) and in the fear of God (FC Epit.
Confessional subscription can be truly appreciated and understood not simply by knowing what it is, but by understanding what is involved and implied by it.
user.txcyber.com /~wd5iqr/tcl/conf_sub.htm   (5981 words)

  
 Theology Today - Vol 27, No. 4 - January 1971 - TABLETALK - Theological Table-Talk
Considering that the composition of the meetings was generically Reformed, it was notable that the overt confessionalism fell somewhere between non-existent and low-keyed.
This, in fact, may prove to be at the heart of the complex movement we call the Reformed tradition, that is, confessional stances are taken contextually when the churches confront crises of varying degrees of local specificity and urgency in relation to which they feel they must declare the implications of their faith.
The creative tension in any confessionalism is between theologies claiming a certain universal significance and the way the gospel actually addresses people in different local settings.
theologytoday.ptsem.edu /jan1971/v27-4-tabletalk1.htm   (1593 words)

  
 University of Minnesota Human Rights Library
The constitutional amendments of 21 September 1990, including the new article 95 relating to the elimination of political confessionalism, are welcomed.
Though political and legal efforts have been undertaken since the restoration of peace in Lebanon, concern is expressed regarding the existing resistance to the progressive elimination of the political system of confessionalism which may impair the State party's implementation of certain provisions of the Convention.
Concern is expressed in relation to the full implementation of article 2, paragraph 1, of the Convention, especially with regard to the insufficiency of measures and policies, such as the major information campaign, adopted by the State party to prevent and combat all forms of racial discrimination.
www1.umn.edu /humanrts/country/lebanon1998.html   (1174 words)

  
 SY BFM 1
Confessionalism - What a particular person or group believes at a particular time - a confession is a result of faith.
The confessional approach to theology in my mind is the highest approach to theology.
It was not until the Second London Confession of the Particular Baptists in 1677 that the Bible became the first article of a major Baptist confessional statement, a result of the influence of the Reformed tradition.
www.mainstreambaptists.org /miscellaneous/sy_bfm_1.htm   (3717 words)

  
 Are Creeds Appropriate for Bible Believing Baptists?
Finally, any deleterious effects that confessionalism would have on one's understanding of the true nature of saving faith or the absolute necessity of the new birth are much to be lamented and scrupulously avoided.
When Baptists were persecuted in Virginia and Massachusetts, they were frequently harassed on the basis of violations of the Thirty-nine Articles or the Savoy Declaration and were not given a fair hearing for a defence of their biblical principles.
A confessional stance for a church is neither divisive nor tyrannical.
www.founders.org /FJ03/article2_fr.html   (2098 words)

  
 The Daily Star - Arts & Culture - Post-war Lebanon: Between the devil and the deep blue sea   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
Let us remember that it was in confessional Lebanon that the strongest movements of humanism, secularism, Arab nationalism, Syrian nationalism, and Arab socialism had their beginnings.
Harik argues an open society is based upon a form of secularism in which the individual is given the freedom and mobility to deal with his or her multiple identities in flexible and dynamic ways.
He identifies confessionalism as the primary ill of the Lebanese political system and a prime cause in the nonemergence of a true citizen and a modern civic society.
www.dailystar.com.lb /article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=4&article_id=3113   (2364 words)

  
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Mohler said the question should not be, "Why confessionalism?" but instead, "How can one remain Baptist without a confession of faith?" He cited Mullins, who served as Southern Seminary's fourth president from 1899-1928 and as president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1921-24.
That these are and always have been the views of the Baptists on this subject is too well-known to require a moment's attention to prove." Confessions, Mohler said, are an integral part of Baptist heritage.
"The idea that this kind of confessionalism is something new betrays either an abysmal ignorance or a willful misrepresentation of the Baptist heritage." Confessions, he said, must be used if doctrinal accountability is to exist.
www.bpnews.net /storydownload.asp?ID=13199   (981 words)

  
 LUTHERAN CONFESSIONALISM: DOCTRINE AND PRACTICE
The erosion of confessional Lutheranism within the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is not as blatant but is nonetheless troublesome.
Impressed with American Evangelicalism's conservative stance on the inerrancy of the Bible, their emphasis on moral values, and their zeal for evangelism, the LCMS has been profoundly influenced by this movement whose roots are deeply planted within Calvinism and revivalism.
Hence, our confessional subscription is quia (because the confession conforms to Scripture) and not quatenus (insofar as it conforms to Scripture).
www.ctsfw.edu /academics/faculty/pless/LuthConfess.htm   (812 words)

  
 Reformed Confessionalism & The New Perspective on Paul, by Kim Riddlebarger   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-20)
But confessional boundaries set forth by their theological heirs are meant to be crossed - for confessional documents stand as testimonies to the churches' prior reflection upon a particular doctrine, but cannot continue to serve a normative function in subsequent ages.
Confessional Reformed Christians cannot help but cheer on Westerholm when he asserts "There is more of Paul in Luther than many twentieth-century scholars are inclined to allow....Students who want to understand Paul but feel they have nothing to learn from a Martin Luther should consider a career in metallurgy.
Though a number of those who stand bravely in defense of Luther in particular or Reformed confessionalism in general, have nevertheless declared themselves in basic agreement with Kümmel-Stendahl, a number of scholars, including C. Cranfield, and no less than James D. Dunn himself, have defended the view that Romans 7:14 ff.
www.modernreformation.org /krnpp.htm   (5818 words)

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