Beginning from Man and Woman: Witnessing Christ's Love in the Family

Beginning from Man and Woman: Witnessing Christ's Love in the Family

by Bernard K. Wong

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Engaging with contemporary thought on love and the family, Bernard Wong argues that our notion of love has been deeply influenced by modern technological culture and political ideologies, leading to the detriment of familial relationships. Dr Wong demonstrates how Christian doctrines can be used to critique and resist these ideologies. Through a careful analysis of Christ’s love expressed in his life, death, and resurrection, the author presents a notion of Christ’s love bearing the characteristics of fraternal, incarnational, and unfolding love. These aspects of Christ’s love are pertinent to the relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, and families and their neighbours. It is through practicing Christ’s love that Christians strengthen their familial relationships and bear witness to Christ in the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783682713
Publisher: Langham Creative Projects
Publication date: 04/30/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 292
File size: 860 KB

About the Author

BERNARD K. WONG is Associate Dean (Postgraduate) and Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at China Graduate School of Theology (CGST), Hong Kong. He gained his PhD in Christian Ethics from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Illinois, USA. Dr Wong began pastoral ministry as Assistant Pastor of Christian and Missionary Alliance Yau Tong Church, Hong Kong, before moving into the ministry of theological education, and is now Adjunct Pastor at the same church. Prior to his theological studies he had a career in engineering having studied Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, USA.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1


1.1 From the Beginning

1.2 Marriage in the Contemporary World

1.3 A Christian Response

1.4 Chapter Outline

Chapter 2

Uniformity between Man and Woman

2.1 Farley: Personhood as Self-Transcendence

2.2 Thatcher: Personhood as Love

2.3 Sexual Ethics of Farley: Coming Together of Minds

2.4 Sexual Ethics of Thatcher: Coming Together of Bodies

2.5 The Gendered Ethics of Farley and Thatcher

2.6 Theological Assessment

2.6.1 O’Donovan and Meilaender: Ordering of Sexual Love and Procreation

2.6.2 Barth: Creation as Limited and Concrete

2.6.3 Zizioulas: Eschatological Transformation of Sexuality

2.7 Conclusions

Chapter 3

Equal-Regard between Man and Woman

3.1 Critical Familism and Children

3.2 Critical Familism and the Democratization of Family

3.3 Male Problematic and Family Cohesion

3.4 Family as a Liberal Democracy

3.5 Theological Assessment

3.6 Conclusions

Chapter 4

Complementarity between Man and Woman

4.1 Gender Relationship in Complementarianism

4.2 Formulation of “Biblical Manhood and Womanhood”

4.2.1 The Descriptive Task

4.2.2 The Synthetic Task

4.2.3 The Hermeneutical Task

4.2.4 The Pragmatic Task

4.3 Theological Assessment

4.4 Conclusions

Chapter 5

Love between Man and Woman

5.1 A Retrospective

5.2 Dualities of Human Existence as Framework of Gender Relationship

5.3 Christ’s Love as Moral Vision of Gender Relationship

5.4 The Moral Vision

5.4.1 From Just Love to Friendship

5.4.2 From Equal-Regard Love to Incarnational Love

5.4.3 From Erotic Love to Unfolding Love

5.4.4 From Unilateral Love to Mutual Love

5.5 Conclusions

Chapter 6

Witnessing Christ’s Love: The Ephesian Household Code

6.1 A Survey of Contemporary Interpretation

6.1.1 Literalist Interpretation

6.1.2 Feminist Interpretation

6.1.3 Cultural Interpretation

6.1.4 Historical Interpretation

6.1.5 Theological Interpretation

6.2 Interpreted through Christ’s Love

6.2.1 Mutual Subordination

6.2.2 Subordination of Wives

6.2.3 Love of Husbands

6.2.4 Children and Parents

6.2.5 Slaves and Masters

6.3 Conclusions



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