Life Abundant

Life Abundant

by Sallie Mcfague
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0800632699

ISBN-13: 9780800632694

Pub. Date: 11/01/2000

Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers

A compelling vision-before it's too late

In this splendidly crafted work, McFague argues for theology as an ethical imperative for all thinking Christians: Responsible discipleship today entails disciplined religious reflection. Moreover, theology matters: Without serious reflection on their worldview, ultimate commitments, and lifestyle, North American

Overview

A compelling vision-before it's too late

In this splendidly crafted work, McFague argues for theology as an ethical imperative for all thinking Christians: Responsible discipleship today entails disciplined religious reflection. Moreover, theology matters: Without serious reflection on their worldview, ultimate commitments, and lifestyle, North American Christians cannot hope to contribute to ensuring the "good life" for people or the planet. To live differently we must think differently.

McFague's has therefore written primer in theology. It helps Christians assess their own religious story in light of the larger Christian tradition and the felt needs of the planet. At once an apology for an ecologically driven theology and a model for how theology itself might be expressed, her work is expressly crafted to bring people into the practice of religious reflection as a form of responsible Christian practice in the world. McFague shows the reader how articulating one's personal religious story and credo can lead directly into contextual analysis, unfolding of theological concepts, and forms of Christian practice.

In lucid prose she offers creative discussions of revelation, the reigning economic worldview (and its ecological alternative), and how a planetary theology might approach classical areas of God and the world, Christ and salvation, and life in the Spirit. Enticing readers into serious self-assessment and creative commitment, McFague's new work encourages and models a theological practice that "gives glory to God by loving the world."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800632694
Publisher:
Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date:
11/01/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
268
Sales rank:
473,289
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction
Part I: The Practice of Planetary Theology
Chapter 1: A Brief Credo
-A Religious Autobiography
-Some Reflections
-Thinking Theologically
-A Credo
Chapter 2: Theology Matters
-Is Theology Possible for North American Christians?
-Ecological Theology: A North American Liberation Theology

Chapter 3: The Matter of Theology
-Contexts
--Worldviews
--Sociological Contexts
-Content
--Experience as Channel
--Revelation as Illumination and Encounter
--Revelation as Solidarity
-Criteria
--Scripture: Revelation or Witness to Revelation?
--Characteristics of the Christian Paradigm
--Deconstructing and Reconstructing Christian
---Understandings of God and the World


Part II: The Context of Planetary Theology
Introduction

Chapter 4: The Contemporary Economic Model and Worldview
-Neo-Classical Economics and Its Worldview
-The Contemporary Economic Worldview and the Consumer Society
--Who Are We? We Are Consumers
--The Consumer Society: The Good Life?
--The Consumer Society: The Good Life for All?
--The Consumer Society: The Good Life for Planet Earth?
-An Assessment of the Consumer Society

Chapter 5: The Ecological Economic Model and Worldview
-Ecological Economics and Its Worldview
-The Ecological Economic Worldview and the Ecological Society
--Who Are We? We are Members of the Household
--The Ecological Society: The Good Life?
--The Ecological Society: The Good Life for All?
--The Ecological Society: The Good Life for Planet Earth?
-An Assessmentof the Ecological Society

Part III: The Content of Planetary Theology
Introduction

Chapter 6: God and the World
-Some Preliminary Reflections
-Beginning With God
-God is Love: The Many Ways to Say It
-God as Creator, Liberator, and Sustainer
-How is God Present in the World?
-Is Reality Good?

Chapter 7: Christ and Salvation
-Christ and the Neo-Classical Economic Worldview
-Ecological Christologies
-An Ecological Economic Christology: Prophetic and Sacramental
--Prophetic Christology
--Sacramental Christology
-Christ and the Ecological Economic Worldview

Chapter 8: Life in the Spirit
-Human Existence in the Spirit
-The Life of Discipleship: John Woolman and Dorothy Day
-Life in the Church
-Life in Society

Epilogue
Appendix: A Manifesto to North American Middle-Class Christians
Notes
Index

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