Ordinary Saints / Edition 2

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Theologian and ethicist Robert Benne addresses the Christian life in its religious and moral dimensions by writing about the vocation of the Christian in daily life. With clarity and authority, he discusses Christian identity, the call of God, moral development, and marriage and family life, among other topics. This fully revised edition includes a study guide for use in classrooms and church study groups.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800636265
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 244
  • Sales rank: 431,525
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Robert Benne is director of the Center for Religion and Society. He came to Roanoke from the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago in 1982. He is a leading figure in Lutheran ethics and social thought. A selection of his publications illustrates his interests: The Ethic of Democratic Capitalism: A Moral Reassessment; Ordinary Saints: An Introduction to the Christian Life; The Paradoxical Vision: A Public Theology for the Twenty-first Century; Seeing is Believing: Vision of Life Through Film. He is currently working on a study of higher education in Lutheran and other Christian denominations.

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Table of Contents

Preface xi
1. Introduction: Our Fragmented World 1
Symptoms of Fragmentation 1
A Closer Look 3
Two New Lifestyles 8
Why This Tradition? 14
The Plan of This Book 18
Questions for Discussion 19
For Further Reading 19
Part I The Call of God
2. The Divine Initiative 23
The Unrecognized Presence 23
The Biblical Story 24
The Church's Story 29
My Story 32
Other Stories 36
A Return at Depth 37
Questions for Discussion 42
For Further Reading 43
3. Christian Nurture: Filling the Cup of Being 45
Participation in the Body of Christ 48
Christian Personal Devotion 52
Christian Friendship 54
Re-creation 55
Questions for Discussion 58
For Further Reading 58
Part II The Calling of the Christian: Spilling the Cup
4. Places of Responsibility 63
Sanctioned 65
Dynamic 72
Ambiguous 74
Questions for Discussion 78
For Further Reading 79
5. Moral Development 81
Egoism 83
Heteronomy 86
Autonomy 88
Questions for Discussion 92
For Further Reading 92
6. The Christian's Calling: Toward Theonomy 95
Faith 99
Love 108
Hope 118
Questions for Discussion 125
For Further Reading 126
Part III The Callings of the Christian
7. Marriage and Family Life 131
Marriage and Family Life as a Place of Responsibility 134
Marriage as a Christian Calling 138
Related Issues 147
Questions for Discussion 160
For Further Reading 160
8. Work 163
Work as a Place of Responsibility 165
Work as a Christian Calling 169
Questions for Discussion 179
For Further Reading 180
9. Public Life 183
Public Life as a Place of Responsibility 188
Public Life as a Christian Calling 192
Questions for Discussion 201
For Further Reading 201
10. The Church 203
The Church as a Place of Responsibility 206
The Church as a Christian Calling 216
Questions for Discussion 222
For Further Reading 223
Index 225
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