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Being Faithful : Christian Commitmen - Judith A Merkle

Being Faithful

Christian Commitmen


Published: 1st September 2010
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This is a critical assessment of Catholic Faith in the modern world. This book explores how the Christian life is lived in a pluralistic situation where different contexts of belonging give rise to different moral challenges. While it is characteristic of modern life to exist in a postmodern situation where there is an erosion of comprehensive systems of meaning, we still live today in contexts of belonging. We still seek to gather out of the fragments of modern life the sustenance of a network of belonging, belief and practice which comprise a faithful life. The construction of such a life, not only for us, but for others, serves as the framework for our moral commitments. Furthermore, sustaining and transforming social frameworks which shape various aspects of human life form the life task of adult Christians. "Ecclesiological Investigations" brings together quality research and inspiring debates in ecclesiology worldwide from a network of international scholars, research centres and projects in the field.

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Part One: Foundations of the Christian Life in the World; Chapter One: Living into a New Paradigm; Chapter Two: Toward a Theology of the World; Chapter Three: Understanding Grace and Sin in the World; Chapter Four: Acting in the World: Finding the Way; Part Two: Developing the Talents of a New Age; Chapter Five: Church and Family: A Spirituality of Engagement; Chapter Six: Groups of Particularity and Profession: Speaking and Hearing the Truth; Chapter Seven: Postmodern Discipleship: Autonomy, Initiative and Mysticism; Chapter Eight: Taking a Position: Advocacy, Identity and Pluralism; Part Three: Toward the Future of the Christian Life; Chapter Nine: A Way Forward: Evangelization, Inculturation and Liberation; Chapter Ten: The Scaffoldings of the Future: Prayer, Community and Engagement.

ISBN: 9780567389008
ISBN-10: 0567389006
Series: Ecclesiological Investigations
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 1st September 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1