9780800632694

Life Abundant : Rethinking Theology and Economy for a Planet in Peril

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    9780800632694

  • ISBN10:

    0800632699

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-10-01
  • Publisher: AUGSBURG FORTRESS PUB

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Summary

FROM THE PUBLISHER In this splendidly crafted work, McFague argues for theology as an ethical imperative for all thinking Christians: Responsible discipleship today entails disciplined religious reflection. Moreover, theology matters: Without serious reflection on their worldview, ultimate commitments, and lifestyle, North American Christians cannot hope to contribute to ensuring the "good life" for people or the planet. To live differently we must think differently. McFague has therefore written this primer in theology. It helps Christians assess their own religious story in light of the larger Christian tradition and the felt needs of the planet. At once an apology for an ecologically driven theology and a model for how theology itself might be expressed, her work is expressly crafted to bring people into the practice of religious reflection as a form of responsible Christian practice in the world. McFague shows the reader how articulating one's personal religious story and credo can lead directly into contextual analysis, unfolding of theological concepts, and forms of Christian practice. In lucid prose she offers creative discussions of revelation, the reigning economic worldview (and its ecological alternative), and how a planetary theology might approach classical areas of God and the world, Christ and salvation, and life in the Spirit. Enticing readers into serious self-assessment and creative commitment, McFague's new work encourages and models a theological practice that "gives glory to God by loving the world." Author Bio: Sallie McFague is Carpenter Professor of Theology and former Dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School, Nashville, Tennessee. Among her manyinfluential works, all of which are from Fortress Press, include Metaphorical Theology (1982), Models of God (1987), The Body of God (1993), and Super, Natural Christians (1997).

Author Biography

Sallie McFague is Carpenter Professor of Theology Emerita, Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface xi
Part I: The Practice of Planetary Theology
A Brief Credo
3(22)
A Religious Autobiography
3(6)
Some Reflections
9(6)
Thinking Theologically
15(2)
A Credo
17(8)
Theology Matters
25(14)
Is Theology Possible for North American Christians?
25(8)
Ecological Theology: A North American Liberation Theology
33(6)
The Matter of Theology
39(36)
Contexts
40(11)
Content
51(6)
Criteria
57(18)
Part II: The Context of Planetary Theology
Introduction
71(4)
The Contemporary Economic Model and Worldview
75(24)
Neo-classical Economics and Its Worldview
75(6)
The Contemporary Economic Worldview and the Consumer Society
81(12)
An Assessment of the Consumer Society
93(6)
The Ecological Economic Model and Worldview
99(34)
The Ecological Economic Worldview and the Ecological Society
105(15)
An Assessment of the Ecological Society
120(13)
Part III: The Content of Planetary Theology
Introduction
127(6)
God and the World
133(24)
Some Preliminary Reflections
133(2)
Beginning with God
135(3)
God Is Love: The Many Ways to Say It
138(5)
God as Creator, Liberator, and Sustainer
143(5)
How Is God Present in the World?
148(3)
Is Reality Good?
151(6)
Christ and Salvation
157(24)
Christ and the Neo-Classical Economic Worldview
157(3)
Ecological Christologies
160(6)
An Ecological Economic Christology: Prophetic and Sacramental
166(5)
Christ and the Ecological Economic Worldview
171(10)
Life in the Spirit
181(22)
Human Existence in the Spirit
182(4)
The Life of Discipleship: John Woolman and Dorothy Day
186(9)
Life in the Church
195(4)
Life in Society
199(4)
Epilogue 203(2)
Appendix: A Manifesto to North American Middle-Class Christians 205(6)
Notes 211(32)
Index 243

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