From Culture Wars To Common Ground / Edition 2

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What is the status of the American family? How is it changing? Are these changes making anything better? What is the future of the family? Does religion offer a positive answer? Not since Habits of the Heart has one book confronted these important issues with such personal and societal impact. This groundbreaking study argues for the creation of a new family ethic that must be central to the agendas of both contemporary society and the church.

The Family, Culture, and Religion series offers informed and responsible analyses of the state of the American family from a religious perspective and provides practical assistance for the family's revitalization.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664223526
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 10/12/2000
  • Series: Family, Religion, and Culture Series
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 426
  • Product dimensions: 0.87 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition xi
Preface to the First Edition xv
Introduction 1
Part 1 The Issues
1. The Family (1990-1996): From a Conservative to a Liberal Issue 29
2. The Family Crisis: Who Understands It? 50
3. Religion and the Ideal Family: Nineteenth-Century Variations in North America 73
Part 2 Traditions
4. Love, Christian Family Theory, and Evolutionary Psychology 101
5. Honor, Shame, and Equality in Early Christian Families 129
Part 3 The Voices
6. Feminism, Religion, and the Family 157
7. Families and the Therapeutic 190
8. Christian Profamily Movements: The Black Church, Roman Catholics, and the Christian Right 219
9. Economic Voices: State Family, Market Family, and Civil Society 247
Part 4 Directions
10. A Practical Theology of Families 271
11. Critical Familism: New Directions for Church and Society 306
Appendix Hermeneutic Social Science and Practical Theology 335
Notes 343
Index 384
1. Views of Respondents and Their Parents on Models of Love 19
2. A Comparison of Perceived Behavior and Attitudes about Models of Love 20
3. Comparison of Different Models of Love 160
4. Comparison of African Americans' and European Americans' Beliefs about Models of Love 188
5. Correlation of Those Reporting Extreme Partner Satisfaction with Their Preferred Model of Love 201
6. Preferred Behavior in Conflict Situations 281
7. Types of Conflict-Resolving Behavior Correlated with Spirituality 291
8. Beliefs about Love Correlated with Spirituality 291
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