On Being Family: A Social Theology of the Family

On Being Family: A Social Theology of the Family



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On Being Family: A Social Theology of the Family by Ray S. Anderson, Dennis B. Guernsey

In this book, Ray S. Anderson, a pastor theologian, and Dennis B. Guernsey, a family sociologist, explore the connections that produce the marvelous, complicated and often contorted human family. The central thesis of the book is that God has placed human persons in a created order for which the covenant love of God provides the fundamental paradigm for parenting, sexuality, and marriage, and the formation of family life. From the perspective of the church as the new family of God, the human family is liberated from its own failures and fears, and each person is affirmed as having a place in God's kingdom. Through Jesus Christ, to whom we are connected by grace, we are all brothers and sisters. We are family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620321669
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 04/04/2012
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Ray Anderson, (1925-2009) was Senior Professor of Theology and Ministry at Fuller Theological Seminary and served on the faculty of the School of Theology since 1976. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Spiritual Caregiving as Secular Sacrament, The Soul of Ministry, Self Care, Living the Spiritually Balanced Life, and Dancing with Wolves While Feeding the Sheep: The Musings of a Maverick Theologian.

Dr. Dennis B. Guernsey had long been a prominent teacher and writer in the field of Christian families. With a PhD in psychology and being an ordained minister, he founded the Marriage and Family Counseling Department at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He then went on to Seattle Pacific University to develop a new PhD program there in the same field before his untimely death of brain cancer in 1996.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

I Creation and the Formation of the Human Family

1 A Social Theology of the Family Dennis Guernsey 3

2 The Old Commandment which is also a New Commandment Ray Anderson 13

II Covenant as a Paradigm of the Family

3 Belonging is not a Matter of Choice Ray Anderson 29

4 Together in Covenant Dennis Guernsey 46

III Parenting and the Development of Persons

5 Growing Up is Child's Play Ray Anderson 55

6 The Role of Parenting in the Development of Persons Dennis Guernsey 74

IV Marriage as an Expression of Love and Sexuality

7 Bonding Without Bondage Ray Anderson 85

8 Understanding Marriage: Morphostasis or Morphogenesis Dennis Guernsey 105

V Family Life as a Means of Spiritual Formation

9 Spirituality is a Domestic Skill Ray Anderson 115

10 Content and Context in the Spiritual Formation of Children Dennis Guernsey 129

VI The Church as the New Family of God

11 Brothers and Sisters, We Shall All Be There! Ray Anderson 139

12 What Kind of Family is the Church? Dennis Guernsey 155

Bibliography 160

Index 165

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