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Improvisation

The Drama of Christian Ethics

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Publisher: SPCK Publishing
ISBN-13: 9780281057207
Published: 19/11/2004
Product description
Christian ethics presented as an act of improvisation on the Bible Sam Wells sees Christian Ethics as a matter of 'faithfully improvising on the Christian tradition'. The Bible is not so much a script to rehearse, as it is a 'training school' that shapes the habits and practices of a community in action. The goal of Christian ethics is to teach Christians to 'embody their faith in the practices of discipleship at all times'. Drawing on scriptural narratives and church history, he details six practices that characterise both improvisation and Christian ethics, including categories such as 'forming habits', 'questioning givens' and 'reincorporating the lost'. He concludes with specific examples of ethical issues, such as facing evil and the perils and promises of genetically modified food. Well's fresh and imaginative discussion reinforces the goal of Christian ethics - not to 'help someone act Christianly in a crisis' but to teach Christians to 'embody their faith in the practices of discipleship all the time'.
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"This is one of the most relevant, stimulating and lucid books on Christian ethics to appear for some time...it is in many places profound and original, and it deserves to be widely read and discussed". Duncan B Forrester, University of Edinburgh "Improvisation indeed. Bold, creative, and yet showing a deep mastery of his craft, Samuel Wells charts a fresh course for Christian theological ethics that is at once artful, contemporary, and faithful, both to the Bible and to the best of Christian ethical reflection." Michael Hanby, Baylor University. "This extraordinarily sophisticated book can be read for profit by those well schooled in the literature of theology...this book will satisfy those who hunger and thirst for an account of what it means to live as a Christian in our day." Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School."

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Samuel Wells

Samuel Wells (PhD University of Durham) is a Church of England priest in Cambridge. He is author of 'Transforming Fate into Destiny: The Theological Ethics of Stanley Hauerwas' and has co-edited with Hauerwas 'The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics'.

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