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Master of Arts in Systematic Theology
School of Theology and Seminary
Columba Stewart OSB
Using contemporary social and art theory, with particular emphasis on the notion of performative, this paper examines the historical and theological context of a unique social and ecclesial phenomenon in 4th century Syria—the Sons and Daughters of the Covenant. By observing these committed laity as a ‘living performance,’ an exploration of the identity of the faithful, both severally and as a community, may be undertaken. This paper focuses on the relation of such a performative to notions of Christology and anthropology, with an eye towards today’s laity and their seeking for identity in a complex world of competing shifting allegiances and competing ideologies.
Chase, C. A., "Observations on the Performative Force of the Qyama and the Ihidaye, and its Pertinancy Today" (2014). School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses. 1382.
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