Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear: Choosing Trust over Safety in an Anxious Age

Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear: Choosing Trust over Safety in an Anxious Age

by Scott Bader-Saye

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Fear has taken on an outsized role in our current cultural and political context. Manufactured threats are advanced with little to no evidence of danger, while real threats are exaggerated for self-interested gain. This steady diet of fear produces unhealthy moral lives, leading many Christians to focus more on the dangers we wish to avoid than the goods we wish to pursue. As a fearful people, we are tempted to make safety our highest good and to make virtues of suspicion, preemption, and accumulation. But this leaves the church ill-equipped to welcome the stranger, love the enemy, or give to those in need.

This timely resource brings together cultural analysis and theological insight to explore a Christian response to the culture of fear. Laying out a path from fear to faithfulness, theologian Scott Bader-Saye explores practices that embody Jesus's call to place our trust in him, inviting Christian communities to take the risks of hospitality, peacemaking, and generosity. This book has been revised throughout, updated to connect with today's readers, and includes new discussion questions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781587434525
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/03/2020
Edition description: Revised and Updated Edition
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Scott Bader-Saye (PhD, Duke University) holds the Helen and Everett H. Jones Chair in Christian Ethics and Moral Theology at Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, where he also serves as academic dean. He is the author of Formed by Love and Church and Israel after Christendom and has contributed chapters to The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics and The Cambridge Companion to the Gospels.

Table of Contents

1. Fear for Profit
2. Fear and the Moral Life
3. Why Fearlessness Is a Bad Idea
4. Putting Fear in Its Place
5. Community and Courage
6. Trust and Hope
7. Narrative and Providence
8. Security and Vulnerability
9. The Risk of Hospitality
10. The Risk of Peacemaking
11. The Risk of Generosity

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