If proclaiming the gospel is at root a matter of telling the truth about the way things are, then Christian witnesses are paradigmatic truth-tellers. In Bearing True Witness Craig Hovey engages modern theology, philosophy, and ethics including the work of Nietzsche, Foucault, and MacIntyre to consider how Christians see, recognize, embrace, and faithfully bear witness to the truth of Jesus Christ.
Hovey argues that when the church faithfully declares to the world that salvation is in Christ, that the world belongs to him, and that his works are good, it is essentially an ethical action. Moreover, he says, when Christians have the courage to speak honestly about the reality of God and divine truth, their witness becomes a force capable of challenging and overcoming worldly injustices and abuses of power.
|Publisher:||Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Craig Hovey is assistant professor of religion at AshlandUniversity, Ashland, Ohio, and the author of BearingTrue Witness: Truthfulness in Christian Practice.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Christ and Reality 1
Part I Seeing 17
1 Seeing God 19
2 Borrowed Splendor 39
3 Seeing Contingency 58
Part II Coming Forward 91
4 Greek parrhesia 93
5 Christian parrhesia 117
6 Christian Witness as Patient Protest 142
Part III Testifying 169
7 The Witness of Witness 171
8 The Difficulty of Lying 188
9 Truthfulness and Its Subordinates 209
Conclusion: The Fragility of Truth 241