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Romans and the Power of the Believer: Video
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"passionate and thoughtful"

"he writes with clarity, conviction, and deep concern for the Church and world of today"

Rev John Proctor - former URC General Secretary

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"unusual, fascinating detail"

"For Richard, the power of the believer not only is the power to interpret ... but a power that radically reenvisions the agency between the divine and the human"

Professor Peter Oakes  - Rylands Chair of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis, University of Manchester

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"a rich tapestry of ideas"

"an excellent place to begin the necessary critical reflection"

Dr Kimberley Fowler  - Assistant Professor of New Testament, Groningen University

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"stimulating and provocative"

"skilfully draws out the intricacies"

"Anyone reading Romans will benefit from Britton's attention to these metaphors' neglected aspects"

Dr Annalisa Phillips Wilson - University of Cambridge

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Richard J. Britton uses the critical theory of Jacques Derrida, Giorgio Agamben, and others to examine the financial, gift, and olive tree metaphors of Paul’s Letter to the Romans. Drawing upon papyri about money, gifts, and friendship, Greek and Roman farming handbooks, and later sources, including the Book of Mormon and writings from colonized places, Britton questions the way some people understand faith, grace, and identity in the New Testament and beyond. Britton asserts that the believer is not a passive recipient of God’s grace and righteousness but rather an interpreter, reader, and decision maker actively involved in reciprocal exchange and enhancement of God’s eschatological and soteriological project. Believers, he concludes, negotiate meaning through their own interaction with texts and traditions in combination with their own personal relationship with the divine and the world. Turning to the contemporary world, Britton contends that, if we want to upend the oppression of established religion and ideology, we must first appreciate the believer as a powerful and responsible agent within God’s cosmic project.

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