How should those who follow Jesus live distinctively in a time of uncertainty? How should the church respond to the moral dilemmas of our everyday lives?
In Different Eye, Steve Chalke and Alan Mann examine the underlying motivation for Christian morality and provide an insightful guide to navigating the most challenging ethical dilemmas of our modern world in a way that is faithful to the story of God's work in Jesus.
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About the Author
Alan Mann is a freelance writer, educator and consultant in the area of Christianity and contemporary culture. He has worked with Steve Chalke on numerous publications, including The Lost Message of Jesus.
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In this very accessible little book, Steve Chalke and Alan Mann present a compelling vision of the Christian life, one that is, as indicated by the chapter titles, surprising, imaginative, revolutionary, chosen, distinctive, enlightened, countercultural and adventurous. What you will find in Different Eyes, however, is not something entirely new, but a popular and creative appropriation of virtue or character ethics grounded in narrative vision. Frequent quotations from Stanley Hauerwas, William Willimon, Alasdair McIntryre, William Spohn, and Samuel Wells reveal that Chalke and Mann desire to avoid Christian ethics based on rules and decisions and focus on virtues, habits and the narrative vision and community that sustain them. There is a growing consensus that this is the best way forward for Christian ethics, but I am sometimes chagrined by the lack of practical examples of how this approach plays out in daily life. Chalke and Mann are right to emphasize that Christian ethics is about everyday life, not just big issues and decisions, but then it is slightly ironic that they go on to discuss four case studies-war, wealth, homosexuality, and euthanasia-all of which are "big issues" in Christian ethics. So what about everyday living? What about our choice of food for breakfast, the way we interact with our co-workers, or the kind of car we drive? Overall, Different Eyes is on the right track, situating the discussion of beautiful living within the context of vision and virtue. I think the average reader, however, will be left wondering what it actually looks like to practice the art of living beautifully. How do we cultivate the Christian vision of reality? How do we develop gospel virtues? Answering these questions more adequately will help us discern how to live beautiful and distinctly in every area of life.
"Different Eyes" is about the need to understand who God is in order for us to live our lives for Him. One of the points he brings up is that when God appeared to Moses in the desert, He referred to Himself as "I Am" or "Yahweh." This is important because different cultures had their own gods they worshipped so God needed to make it clear that He was not like those gods. It's through Israel's journey with Yahweh that they begin to discover who He is. "The point is this: while the names and metaphors Israel will come to use for their God may not be unique, the character of their God was matchless.with Yahweh, holiness is not about an otherness that is removed and isolated from this world, but exactly the opposite; he is involved with his people and on their side. It is this that sets Yahweh apart from other gods." The other main point revolves around Jesus and how He dealt with people. "He provocatively pushes His audience beyond their rules to the underlying principles behind them; He is asking that they let go of legalism and live radically.as Jesus was quick to explain to his audience, rather than planning to do away with or replace the Law, his goal was simple: to give it its full meaning - and this he would do, not just by unpacking and explaining it but by reframing it." Chalke equates it to the difference between playing a piece of music exactly as written versus improvising. The point being that not every situation has the lines of right and wrong clearly defined - we have to be willing to be open-minded instead of attempting to automatically cast judgment. It's when we have that close relationship with God that we're able to distinguish right from wrong and understand His will.