Why You're Here Ethics for the Real World

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2017-12-01
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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What are Christians to be and to do in the world? What does faithfulness look like in these complex and confusing times?

Christians are often told either to take over the world in God's name or to withdraw into faithful sanctuaries of counter-cultural witness. John Stackhouse offers a concise, vivid, and practical alternative based on the teachings of Scripture about the meaning of human life in this world and the next.

Why You're Here provides an accessible, concrete program for the faithful Christian living in today's world, fraught as it is with ambiguity, irony, and frequent choices among unpalatable options. Stackhouse speaks directly to everyday Christians who are searching for straightforward advice on some of their most complex quandaries and the challenges inherent in staying true to the Bible's teachings.

Politicians, medical professionals, businesspeople, professors, lawyers, pastors, students, and anyone else concerned to think realistically and hopefully about Christian engagement in society today will find here a framework to both guide and inspire them in everyday life.

Author Biography

John G. Stackhouse, Jr. is Samuel J. Mikolaski Professor of Religious Studies and Dean of Faculty Development at Crandall University.

Table of Contents


Part I: Our (Permanent) Human Calling: Make Shalom
Chapter 1: The Basic Calling of Humanity
Chapter 2: Human Vocation: All of Us, Some of Us, Each of Us

Part II: Our (Temporary) Christian Calling: Make Disciples
Chapter 3: The Basic Calling of the Church
Chapter 4: The Christian Vocation: All of Us, Some of Us, Each of Us

Part III: How to Hear: Ethical Method
Chapter 5: Jesus and How He Communicates to Us
Chapter 6: Thinking It All Through

Part IV: Responding to the Call of Jesus
Chapter 7: Principles for the Normal
Chapter 8: Facing the Borderline
Chapter 9: Faith, Hope, and Liberty
Chapter 10: Making the Best of It
Chapter 11: Behaving in Public
Chapter 12: Final Formulas

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