Family

Family

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by Lisa Sowle Cahill
     
 

An authentic vision for today's family

Thoughtful and informative, Cahill's work brings fresh historical, theological, and ethical thought to the explosive area of family-deeply contested territory in today's cultural and religious skirmishes. As one group of social theorists and cultural critics points to rising divorce and illegitimacy rates as symptoms of

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An authentic vision for today's family

Thoughtful and informative, Cahill's work brings fresh historical, theological, and ethical thought to the explosive area of family-deeply contested territory in today's cultural and religious skirmishes. As one group of social theorists and cultural critics points to rising divorce and illegitimacy rates as symptoms of unfettered individualism and moral laxity, another side notes that the "traditional," nuclear family is actually a product of the industrial age, with its strict gender roles, public-private split, and exclusion of an underclass. In the religious arena, evangelical- conservative vs. mainline-feminist lines echo these battles, contesting the authentic meaning of family within a Christian framework.

Though "family" has been dissected in the academic and cultural wars, Cahill asserts that the usual religious agenda of restoring the traditional nuclear family is actually misinformed and misguided. It actually bolsters oppressive social, economic, and racial mechanisms that are destroying families at the bottom, middle, and even top of the ladder.

Is there an authentically Christian notion of family? Cahill's contribution shows in a striking way how very different we are counter-cultural New Testament and early- church notions of family from our ideas of "family values;" how, throughout history, other fruitful Christian examples have emerged in the work of John Chrysostom, Martin Luther, and the Puritans; how, despite distortion by gender and class divisions, there develops a Christian vision of the altruistic family, animated by Christian discipleship to stand for compassion, generosity, and justice; how pertinent this vision of the "domestic church" is to public debate and public policy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800632526
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date:
08/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
188
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


Preface

1. Families, Christian Ethics, and Civil Society
-The Family as Church
-The Family and Civil Society
-Conclusions: Three Convictions

2. Family Bonds and Christian Community: New Testament Sources
-Family and Society in the First-Century Mediterranean World
-The Jewish Context
-Jesus and Families
-The New Family of Believers
-Divorce Sayings
-House Churches
-The Evolving Christian Family
-Household Codes
-Christian Ritual Sacrifice
-Conclusions: Christian Identity's Implications for the Family

3. Family as Church: Three Historical Representations
-John Chrysostom
-Martin Luther
-The Puritans
-Conclusions: Christian Views of Family and Children

4. "Domestic Church": Families and the Common Good
-The Domestic Church Metaphor
-Recent Catholic Themes
-Family and Catholic Social Teaching
-John Paul II and Families
-The Practicality of the Message and a Grassroots Response
-Families, Welfare, and the Bishops' Response
-Catholicism, Economics, and Families

5. Lessons from African American Families
-An Important Perspective
-Some History
-Current Factors
-Community Solutions
-Black Church, Domestic Church
-Racial Equality, Civil Society, and Catholic Social Teaching
-Conclusions: Learning from African American Families

6. A Christian Family Vision
-Ecumenical Christian Commitment to Families Today
-A Program for Christian Families

Notes
Index

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