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Lisa D. Powell

Lisa D. Powell is assistant professor of Theology and Women’s Studies at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. She is the first-place winner of the 2011 Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza New Scholar Award for her research on Sor Juana. Powell received her PhD in Systematic Theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Books by Lisa D. Powell

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Inconclusive Theologies: Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Kierkegaard, and Theological Discourse
By author: Lisa D. Powell
Product Code: P475
ISBN: 9780881464634
Product Format: Paperback
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Price:  $30.00
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Kierkegaard argued that Christianity is a lived religion, not a set of doctrines to be cognitively affirmed. This means theology’s proper focus is reflection on revelation within the God-human relationship, and human existence—always in process and shaped by different communities, relationships, and contexts—is significant to theological construction. As Christian knowledge is a relationship that cannot be communicated directly, theology is never concluded and cannot adequately function within totalizing systems. The writings of seventeenth-century Mexican nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, provide an exemplary direction for contemporary theologies mindful of this need for indirect communication. Her writings show a respect of others’ cognitive freedom and their differing contexts and perspectives. Utilizing the religious work of this woman from Mexico’s colonial past, Powell builds a theological case for the inclusion of literary genres in the theological discipline, a move that resists western philosophy’s dominance of form and opens the theological canon.