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Health, Money, and Love: And Why We Don't Enjoy Them

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In this delightfully twisting, engaging, multi-genre narrative. Robert Farrar Capon explores three areas of life that concern us all -- health, money, and love -- pokes fun of the religions we make of them, and trumpets the radical gospel of grace, the only alternative that can free us to be truly happy.

Using a variety of writing styles - movie script, dialogue, parable, letter, and his typically sparkling prose - Capon discusses religion and happiness in the light of "holy ...

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Overview

In this delightfully twisting, engaging, multi-genre narrative. Robert Farrar Capon explores three areas of life that concern us all -- health, money, and love -- pokes fun of the religions we make of them, and trumpets the radical gospel of grace, the only alternative that can free us to be truly happy.

Using a variety of writing styles - movie script, dialogue, parable, letter, and his typically sparkling prose - Capon discusses religion and happiness in the light of "holy luck." the notion that God uses chance as his normal device for running the world and establishing his relationship with us. Blending his own experiences with ideas from a wide range of authorities, including Augustine. Dame Julian of Norwich, Meister Eckhart, Chesterton, and Charles Williams, Capon challenges us to rethink our conception of God, our values, and our entire lives.

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Capon, a maverick writer who explains traditional Christian teaching with freshness and unexpected insights, uses a mixture of genres (from movie script to prose) to reveal how deeply the pursuit of health, money, and love has become a religious force shaping our lives and depriving us of deeper satisfactions. He then reveals how Christianity has become an attempt to manipulate a right relationship with transcendence and how genuine Christianity is a lot more fun--pointing, as it does, toward a God who creates in play and in love and who uses luck, suffering, and human involvement to create a wonderful, serendipitous world. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802836571
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/13/1990
  • Pages: 176

Table of Contents

The Pursuit of Happiness
1 Movie 3
2 Dialogue 12
3 Interlude 26
4 Story 41
The Course of the Pursuit
5 Childhood 59
6 Childhood: More 73
7 Romance 99
8 Romance: Further 124
9 Vocation 139
10 Well-Being 154
11 Postscript 165
12 Epilogue 176
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