Joined-Up Life

Joined-Up Life

by Andrew J. B. Cameron

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Overview

"Finding our best humanity in Jesus Christ" is the key theme of Andrew Cameron's fresh exploration, in which he seeks to understand ethics as springing from Jesus, and to show how identifying with Jesus Christ brings order and clarity to human life. "In a world where everyone is an expert on right and wrong, this book tries to show how Jesus unifies the best of what you hear. He joins up messy lives."

Cameron's accessible, coherent, and innovative analysis is divided into seven parts. Each part contains several self-contained chapters that address some specific aspect of Christian thinking about ethics and life, and each chapter is cross-referenced to other key chapters. The chapters may be read in sequence, or dipped into in any order.

- Part 1 considers some common ways of thinking about ethics (e.g., rules, rights, values, and results).

- Part 2 considers some arenas we are unaware of, but that have a huge impact on how we live.

- Part 3 shows how Jesus Christ becomes a better main category than ethics for determining who we are and what we do.

- Part 4 builds a "unified field," shaped in response to Jesus Christ, by which we can orient ourselves to whatever is around us.

- Part 5 examines some means by which we approach the daily details of life within this overall orientation.

- Part 6 looks at some aspects of our life-package, or "vocation," to see how they are located within the "unified field."- Part 7 visits some areas of discussion that cause great disagreement between Christians and others, and tries to show why.

Cameron offers a stimulating reappraisal of our cluttered, tumultuous lives and encourages us to see life through a different lens.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620328903
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 01/28/2013
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures 8

Preface 9

Part 1 Awareness

1 What is 'ethics'? 17

2 Deciding 23

3 Rules and codes 26

4 Rights 31

5 Values 36

6 Results 41

Part 2 Unawareness

7 Desire 49

8 Systems of inclusion 56

9 'Flesh' 65

10 Complexity 70

11 Are the psychopaths right? 75

Part 3 Jesus Versus Ethics

12 A Christ-powered planet 83

13 'Following' Jesus 88

14 True 'identity' 94

15 How the cross changes us 100

16 How resurrection changes us 111

17 Working with the Spirit 115

18 Communities in Christ 120

19 The 'story arc' of the Bible 128

20 Old Testament laws 135

Part 4 Five Things That Matter

21 The character of God 143

22 Creation and 'moral order' 148

23 Commands that reveal 156

24 A new future 162

25 Jesus-shaped community 168

26 A 'unified field' 173

27 Ethics secular and Christian 178

Part 5 Living Our Lives

28 Drunkenness and rage 185

29 Forgiving and reconciling 190

30 Virtues and vices 194

31 Freedom 203

32 Imitating Jesus 210

33 Obedience to God 214

34 Life in churches 218

35 Life outside churches 224

Part 6 Life-Packages

36 Singleness 233

37 Marriage 240

38 Having children 246

39 Friendship 253

40 Sustainable care 260

41 Work 269

Part 7 Six Hotspots

42 Women 281

43 Sex 288

44 Homosexuality 294

45 Bioethics 299

46 Diversity 305

47 Imposing it 308

Afterword: dilemmas and discernment 312

Index of Scripture references 318

Index of subjects and names 328

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