A Public Faith: How Followers of Christ Should Serve the Common Good

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 8/1/2011
  • Publisher: Baker Pub Group

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Debates are raging today about the role of religions in public life. As the world shrinks and the interdependence of people increases, various religions come to inhabit the same space. But how do they live together, especially when each wants to shape the public realm according to the dictates of its own sacred texts and traditions? How does the Christian faith relate in the religious pluralism of contemporary public life?While Volf argues that there is no single way Christian faith relates to the culture as a whole, he explores major issues on the frontlines of faith today: 1) In what way does the Christian faith come to malfunction in the contemporary world and how should we counter these malfunctions? 2) What should a Christian's main concern be when it comes to living well in the world today? and 3) How should we go about realizing a vision for human flourishing in relation to other faiths and under the roof of a single state?Covering such timely issues as witness in a multifaith society and political engagement in a pluralistic world, the book highlights things we must do for the Christian faith to truly impact the way we live in the world.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. ix
Countering Faith's Malfunctions
Malfunctions of Faithp. 3
Idlenessp. 23
Coercivenessp. 37
Human Flourishingp. 55
Engaged Faith
Identity and Differencep. 77
Sharing Wisdomp. 99
Public Engagementp. 119
Conclusionp. 139
Acknowledgmentsp. 147
Notesp. 149
Indexp. 169
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