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THE SOCIAL EDGE INTERVIEW: THEOLOGIAN PAULA COOEY

by Gerry McCarthy

book - willing the good by paula cooey

Paula Cooey is the Margaret W. Harmon Professor of Christian Theology and Culture at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has written many books including: Family, Freedom, and Faith: Building Community Today and Religious Imagination and the Body: A Feminist Analysis. Her work has also appeared in numerous academic journals.

     Cooey’s book Willing The Good: Jesus, Dissent, and Desire was recently published by Augsburg Fortress Press. I reached her in St. Paul, Minnesota, to speak about the book.

Gerry McCarthy: In Willing The Good you write that: "In short, inheriting the kingdom of heaven depends on finding Jesus in the other as the other is, in her or his specificity, without requiring reciprocity or accommodation." This a critical part of the book isn’t it? It’s something that runs counter to "compassionate conservatism?"

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