SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION

Sacred Signposts: Words, Water, and Other Acts of Resistance

Eerdmans. Jul. 2018. 176p. notes. ISBN 9780802874177. pap. $16.99. REL
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Roughly stated, lex orandi, lex credeni is the historic Christian affirmation that religious beliefs follow religious actions and practices. Dueholm (associate pastor, Messiah Lutheran Church, Wauconda, IL) employs a number of practices (that he terms "holy possessions") which serve to inform belief, though not belief as simple assent. For instance, the first chapter, dealing with the practice of attending to Scripture, uses Jesus's illustration of the fallen sparrow to find a disposition in which everything is ephemeral and yet significant. Dueholm continues with the three sacraments recognized by Lutherans: ordination, prayer, and the symbol of the cross. With the last, Dueholm is interested in one's response to the crucifixion; that is, God's embrace of human weakness against our own tendency toward security.
VERDICT Dueholm appeals to those who identify as spiritual but not religious by integrating the latter by way of the former. Unfortunately, this may give the impression that religious outlook and theological thinking are unrelated.

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