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Contending For the Faith

Paperback|Mar 2003
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This book calls for churches to offer an unapologetically Christian witness to a post-modern world. It asks whether we are witnessing--due to the triumph of the autonomous and unattached self--the complete destruction of those institutions and practices that once shaped...


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This book calls for churches to offer an unapologetically Christian witness to a post-modern world. It asks whether we are witnessing--due to the triumph of the autonomous and unattached self--the complete destruction of those institutions and practices that once shaped human character toward fulfillment in goods larger than our own self-interest; the chief of these being the worship and service of God. The answer the book offers is that Christian existence can never be taken for granted so churches must seek to create a Christian culture that will offer the world a drastic alternative to its own cultureless existence. Among the ways the book suggests this task might be accomplished are the following: (1) by reinvigorating an often sentimental and anti-intellectual evangelicalism, (2) by developing a Christian understanding of church-based education, (3) by avoiding the twin dangers of conservatism and liberalism, (4) by focusing Christian worship on the beauty and holiness of God, (5) by understanding the relation of Christian marriage to Christian singleness, and (6) by stressing the dependence of Christian spirituality on Christian doctrine.
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Ralph C. Wood is University Professor of Theology and Literature at Baylor University.
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In this book Ralph Wood calls for churches to offer a sustained an unapologetically Christian witness to a postmodern world. Wood carefully chronicles how the church is watching the complete destruction of post-Christian institutions and practices that once shaped human character toward fulfillment in goods larger than humanity's own self-interest - the chief of these being the worship and service of God. Wood contends that Christian existence can never be taken for granted, and so the church itself must seek to create a Christian culture that offers the world a drastic alternative to its own cultureless existence.
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 238344
  • Product Code 091895486X
  • EAN 9780918954862
  • Pages 230
  • Department Academic
  • Category Church
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Baylor University Press
  • Publication Date Mar 2003
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 15mm
  • Weight 0.362kg

Ralph C Wood

Ralph C. Wood (Ph.D. University of Chicago) is University Professor of Theology and Literature at Baylor University, Waco, Texas. He serves as an editor-at-large for the Christian Century and as a member of the editorial board for the Flannery O'Connor Review.
His books include The Comedy of Redemption: Christian Faith and Comic Vision in Four American Novelists, The Gospel according to Tolkien: Visions of the Kingdom in Middle-earth, Contending for the Faith: The Church's Engagement with Culture, Flannery O'Connor and the Christ-Haunted South, and most recently Preaching and Professing: Sermons by a Teacher Seeking to Proclaim the Gospel .


His latest award is the Mary Ann Remick Visiting Fellowship, Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame, where he is writing a book on G. K. Chesterton's Aesthetics and P. D. James's mystery novels during the academic year 2007-2008.
Koorong -Editorial Review.

  • Preface; Introduction; The Crisis Afflicting Church & Culture Alike; A Neo-conservative Alternative; A Neo-liberal Alternative; The Inadequacy Of The Evangelical Engagement With Culture; The Challenge Facing The Church's Colleges; Creating A Christian Educational Culture; Christian Skepticism Vs. Religious Sentimentality; The Ugly, The Beautiful, & The Holy In Christian Worship; A Christian Regard For Romance In An Eroticized World; The Outward Faithfulness Of Inward Christian Piety; Conclusion; Index.

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