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Liminal Reality and Transformational Power, by Timothy Carson

Liminal Reality and Transformational Power

Revised Edition: Transition, Renewal and Hope

By Timothy Carson


An important study of the varieties of liminality – the ambiguity of identity or status at a point of transition – that illuminates our understanding of the liminal aspects of pastoral leadership.

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ISBN: 9780718894016
Specifications: 234x156mm, 110pp
Publication: April 2016
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About this Book

Liminal Reality and Transformational Power explores, draws together, and integrates the many facets of liminality, and informs our understanding of liminal phenomena in the world. Through anthropology, sociology, theology, neurology and psychology, Carson correlates exterior transitions with their corresponding intra-psychic movements and points toward useful methods that contribute to personal and social transformation.

In this revised edition, Carson has recognised the resurgence of liminality, and addresses the social transitions that are prevalent today in communities around the world. He examines the identity of the 'liminal' person and highlights the role of ritual leaders and religious professionals as they guide people through liminal time and space.

Carson's work greatly contributes to an expanded understanding of the complex dimensions of religious leadership and provides useful insight into our intra-psychic processes during the significant transitional stages in life.


Foreword by Dr. Peggy Brainard Way

Part I
1. Anthropology and the Rites of Passage
2. Life, Death and Rebirth
3. On Being There all the Time
4. The Inside of the Outside
5. In Our Stars or in Our Genes
6. Continuity and Context
7. Present-Day Passage
8. More Than Madness

Part II
9. The Liminal Locale of Hospitalization
10. Higher Education as Liminal Domain
11. In Season and Out of Season
12. Liturgy Betwixt and Between
13. Caring through the Passage
14. The Transforming Tribe
15. The Liminal Domain of War

Epilogue: The Minister as Liminal Being

Appendix 1: Biblical References in which the Number Forty Serves as Symbol of Liminal Reality
Appendix 2: The Rites of Passage Model
Appendix 3: The Cyclical Rites of Passage Model
Appendix 4: Scriptural Resources



   Foreword by Dr. Peggy Brainard Way » (PDF, 37 KB)
   Preface » (PDF, 42 KB)
   Introduction » (PDF, 43 KB)
   Chapter 1: Anthropology and the Rites of Passage » (PDF, 55 KB)
   Chapter 7: Present-Day Passage » (PDF, 54 KB)

About the Author

Timothy Carson is Senior Minister at the Broadway Christian Church in Columbia, Missouri, and holds the Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity and Bachelor of Education degrees. He is the author of several works that explore the intersection between Christian faith and culture such as Your Calling as a Christian, The Square Root of God: Mathematical Metaphors and Spiritual Tangents and Six Doors to the Seventh Dimension.

Reviews and Comments

"This text models how the pursuit of knowledge may be explored and enhanced as the history of scholarship intersects with present human narratives. Academics and pastors alike will find this study a definitive source for the depth issues surrounding liminality. It opens up new vistas as it discloses everything that pastoral epistemology can be."
Dr Peggy Way, Emeritus Professor of Pastoral Theology, Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri

"Liminal Reality is insightful and thought-provoking. It helps us to deepen our understanding of the many liminal realities in our lives, and to think how such spaces can lead us to heal and transform ourselves and our world. I highly recommend it."
Gabriella Lettini, Aurelia Henry Reinhardt Professor of Theological Ethics, Starr King School for the Ministry, Berkeley, CA

"In recent years, and for very good reasons, the concept of liminality has come to the fore in the wider social sciences. Scholars are today revitalising the original insights of Arnold van Gennep concerning the centrality of rites of passage toward a deeper understanding of both continuity and change. Equipped with liminality, this book takes the reader on a voyage into the heart of theology, and into the human search for meaning. It is worth a read for scholars and non-scholars alike."
Bjørn Thomassen, Associate Professor, Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University, Denmark

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