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The Cambridge Companion to Liberation Theology (Cambridge Companions to Religion)
The Cambridge Companion to Liberation Theology (Cambridge Companions to Religion)
von Christopher Rowland
  Taschenbuch

2.0 von 5 Sternen An Informative--But "Dry"--Companion To Liberation Theology, 14. Juni 2000
This anthology has pieced together an assortment of scholars who have studied and written about different forms of Liberation Theology. The text is divided into three major parts that attempt to provide (1) an overview of the contemporary scene, (2) a description of specific aspects of the movement, and (3) an analysis and criticism of Liberation Theology. This book is adequately titled a "companion" to Liberation Theology, because it merely portrays the essays of scholars' opinions about the movement. Any student of this movement should view this text as only a commentary, while still pursuing the real "meat" of Liberation Theology by going to the works of the Liberation Theologians themselves-such as Leonardo Boff and Gustavo Gutierrez.
The "Cambridge Companion" is a series of mostly "dry", but nonetheless informative, essays that give the reader some insight into the Liberation movement. Certain areas of this collection stand out. For example, Bastiaan Wielenga's description of Liberation Theology in Korea and India are particularly interesting. Also informative is Edward Antonio's explanation of Black Theology as an important contributor to the Liberation movement (70). Finally, Rowland's "Epilogue: The Future of Liberation Theology" is of special interest in that it discusses the continued "grassroots" strength of the Liberation movement despite the fact that the academic or "ivory tower" concern over the topic has waned in recent years.
I would only recommend this anthology for the student who is seriously studying Liberation Theology, and not for the layperson who is merely interested in an overview of the movement.


Introducing Liberation Theology
Introducing Liberation Theology
von Leonardo Boff
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 16,10

4.0 von 5 Sternen Great Intro to Liberation Theology by Liberation Theologians, 13. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Introducing Liberation Theology (Taschenbuch)
So often, when studying theology, readers are prone to seek the opinion of either (1) an author from within their own theological tradition who represents their own theological bias, or (2) an author from entirely outside of the Christian tradition who just so happens to be a specialist in that area of study. Though we should definitely not neglect such sources, it is important to study the first-hand sources written by the trailblazers from within the particular area of study. With Introducing Liberation Theology, by the Boff brothers, the reader is able to do just that.
This book offers a very good, easy-to-understand explanation of the key themes of Liberation Theology in a way that any lay person can understand. Leonardo Boff is a Brazilian theologian and his brother, Clodovis, is a Servite priest in Brazil. The fact that the authors experienced the "grassroots" development of Liberation Theology as the movement itself emerged lends much credibility to their insights for any reader interested in an "insider's" knowledge of the Liberation movement.
The reader is led to understand how Liberation Theology, as opposed to other strands of theology, is truly something that emerged from the oppressed peoples of society, not from the academic ivory towers of the universities or the Catholic Church hierarchy. Accordingly, Liberation Theology has truly become a form of Christian expression and involvement in Church and society, rather than an exercise between scholars. The authors differentiate three levels of Liberation Theology: (1) Professional, (2) Pastoral, and (3) Popular. These distinctions become important through the book as they help guide the reader's understanding of Liberation methodology, key themes, and history. Perhaps most impressive to me, a reader who comes from outside of the Liberation tradition, is the section where the authors discuss the temptations, tendencies, and biases of Liberation Theology. Such intellectual honesty helps me to take more seriously the descriptions and arguments found in other places of this book. Accordingly, I recommend this book as an important companion to anyone interested in learning about Liberation Theology.


A Concise History of the Catholic Church
A Concise History of the Catholic Church
von Thomas Bokenkotter
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Great Appetizer for Students of Catholic History, 28. Mai 2000
Considering the amazingly huge scope of this book, the author, Thomas Bokenkotter, does a commendable job in his attempt to summarize the history of the Roman Catholic Church. The book is divided into five major parts: 30-600 A.D., 600-1300 A.D., 1300-1650 A.D., 1650-1891 A.D., and 1891-Present A.D. For anyone daunted by such an expansive history, take heart; Bokenkotter's writing style makes this project an enjoyable and quick read. Furthermore, his consistent attempts to immerse the events of Catholic history in their rightful historical context leads the reader to a better understanding of Western history in general during the time period that this book covers. Perhaps the most lasting impact this book will have on me is the fact that it has inspired me to further research many areas of interest in Catholic history. To help readers with similar goals, Bokenkotter has compiled an extensive bibliography for each chapter that can be found at the end of the book. Some topics that the reader will want to research further because of their influence on Catholic decision-making and history are the following: The Development of Catholic Belief in Roman Ecclesial Primacy; Papal Infallibility; Mariology; Monastic Influences on the Church and Society in the Middle Ages; Political Influences on the Church's Theological Developments; The Church's Recent Struggles with Modernity; and The Development and Influence of Liberation Theology.


Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies
von James C. Collins
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 16,73

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Inspirational Analysis of some of the World's Best Companies, 14. Mai 2000
The subtitle of this book sums it up best: "successful habits of visionary companies". The authors of Built to Last researched a handful of exceptional "well-built" and performing companies and compared them to the "next-best-in-class" companies to determine what characteristics made the best companies better than all the rest. Their research led them to find many similarities among the "world class" companies which, of course, is what the main content of the book is about. This book had a large impact on me for a couple reasons. First, I've used many of the words and phrases that I learned here and transferred them to my working environment. (e.g. "mission", "vision", "core ideology", "core values", etc.) Second, I've been able to use many of the model companies in this book to teach others in my company how business should be managed. (e.g. Merck, Hewlett Packard, Motorola, Wal-Mart, Johnson & Johnson, etc.) There are so many good ideas in this book that I made a note to myself to "read it once every year just for some new ideas". I've taught business peers more from this book than any other I have read.


Focus: The Future of Your Company Depends on It
Focus: The Future of Your Company Depends on It
von Al Ries
  Taschenbuch

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Entertaining . . . Informative . . . Sometimes Shallow, 14. Mai 2000
In this book, Al Ries defines corporate focus as an organization's "necessary" and relentless pursuit to specialize within its industry. For example, one of Ries' examples, PepsiCo, should've focused on its core competency (the Pepsi cola brand), and spun off all other divisions such as its food chains division (KFC, Pizza Hut, Del Taco) and its snack foods division (Frito Lay). PepsiCo, he claims, will lose the war with Coca-Cola unless it focuses on just one enemy (Coke) rather than several. Interestingly enough, Ries's prophecy towards future focus within organizations happens to have become the biggest hit on Wall Street in 1997, and in the case of PepsiCo, came true.
Overall, Ries's call for corporate focus makes a lot of sense. He provides some wonderful examples throughout the book where companies have lost steam through a lack of focus, and then regained it through refocusing. In fact, probably the greatest contribution of this book comes from Ries's expansive milieu of business examples to support his focus-centered thesis. However, this book's downfall becomes apparent in its mid-section where Ries exposes his ignorance about other business philosophies that he imagines are different than his own. For example, his discussion of quality-based management (TQM) is hopelessly misinformed and biased, which will become obvious to even the neophyte in TQM philosophy. It is through his discussion of quality-based management where Ries's bias towards only his way of doing things is exposed. Also exposed is the fact that Ries's area of expertise is marketing, and he consequently pays less respect to others areas of business (namely, operations and support areas).
Although I enjoyed the many excellent business examples that Ries provides for the reader, and would recommend the book for that reason alone, I would not recommend the book as a whole. I believe that Ries's focus-centered thesis has trapped him to focus only on his way of focusing. To put it another way, Ries's focus will help a company perhaps attain its desired financial and market results, but can not contribute to the overall growth and development of the organization. As experienced here at JOICO, the word focus (without proper understanding) can be used in a multitude of different ways. Furthermore, we may focus on a certain type of product or market niche so much that we may miss the changing trends in the world that will someday make our focus and market dominance irrelevant. For example, Ries encourages Kodak to concentrate on its core competency, chemically processed film, and leave the digital stuff to another company. That may be good for Kodak's focus, but will probably kill Kodak in the long-term when chemically processed film becomes a thing of the past.
This book is very interesting, but I would not recommend it to the easily swayed business reader. Ries' is a sweet-talking salesman when it comes to his point of view, and it takes a well-educated outside view to see through some of his arguments.


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