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Understanding Wisdom book
Theology of nurture presents a challenge to the dominant culture in that it embodies the centrality of nurture and birth as productive of growth and flourishing. It challenges death-dealing paradigms with the end of producing life and growth. Grace Jantzen highlights Anglo-American approach to the philosophy of religion is based on violence and death rather than birth and growth. When Luke was writing, Christianity was not accepted as an approved religion in the Roman Empire and there were clearly pragmatic considerations in a way of non-violence and painting the Romans in a favourable light. The story of Holy Rood House demonstrates how the realized vision of nurturing house concerned with bringing together the fragmented areas of theology, health and the arts challenges the dominant culture of both church and society. Their initial poor reception caused by the challenge they posed to a racist, colonialist society was balanced by their own integrity which remained loving and caring.