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Creative Destruction: Towards a Theology of Institutions

dc.contributor.advisor Jones, L Gregory
dc.contributor.advisor Byassee, Jason Hayden, Joshua 2016-09-29T14:41:50Z 2016-09-29T14:41:50Z 2016
dc.description.abstract <p>A theology of institutions is dependent upon an imagination sparked by the cross and shaped by the hope of the resurrection. Creative destruction is the institutional process of dying so that new life might flourish for the sake of others. Relying upon the institutional imagination of James K.A. Smith, the institutional particularity of David Fitch, and L. Gregory Jones’ traditioned innovation, creative destruction becomes a means of institutional discipleship. When an institution practices creative destruction, it learns to remember, imagine, and be present so that it might cultivate habits of faithful innovation. As institutions learn to take up their cross a clearer telos comes into view and collaboration across various organizations becomes possible for a greater good. Institutions that take up the practice of creative destruction can reimagine, reset, restart or resurrect themselves through a kind of dying so that new life can emerge. Creative destruction is an apologetic for an institutional way of being-in-the-world for the sake of all beings-in-the-world.</p>
dc.subject Theology
dc.subject Religion
dc.subject Philosophy
dc.subject Creative Destruction
dc.subject Imagination
dc.subject Institutions
dc.subject Postmodernism
dc.subject Resurrection
dc.subject Theology
dc.title Creative Destruction: Towards a Theology of Institutions
dc.type Dissertation
dc.department Duke Divinity School

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