Friendship: The Heart of Being Human (Pastoring For Life: Theological Wisdom For Ministering Well Series)
:In this vibrant theological reflection on the meaning of friendship, experienced pastor and leading Christian ethicist Victor Lee Austin argues that friendship is the medium through which God shares grace with his creatures. Mixing personal reflection and theological commentary, Austin...
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:In this vibrant theological reflection on the meaning of friendship, experienced pastor and leading Christian ethicist Victor Lee Austin argues that friendship is the medium through which God shares grace with his creatures. Mixing personal reflection and theological commentary, Austin provides a fresh reading of classical writers and biblical texts; shows how a robust theology of friendship addresses contemporary controversies in the areas of marriage, celibacy, and homosexuality; and draws on cultural examples of the desire for real friendship. Ultimately, Austin helps readers understand the strange yet real possibility of friendship with God.
About the Series
Pastors are called to help people navigate the profound mysteries of being human, from birth to death and everything in between. This series, edited by leading pastoral theologian Jason Byassee, provides pastors and pastors-in-training with rich theological reflection on the various seasons that make up a human life, helping them minister with greater wisdom and joy.
Jason Byassee received his PhD in theology from Duke University and is currently Assistant Editor at The Christian Century, where he has won numerous awards for excellence in journalism. He is author of two forthcoming volumes: Praise Seeking Understanding (Eerdmans) and An Introduction to the Desert Fathers (Cascade Books). He has been invited to teach courses on Augustine to undergraduates, seminarians, and graduate students at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, North Park Theological Seminary, and Wheaton College.
The Reverend Victor Lee Austin, (Ph.D., Fordham University) is Theologian-in-residence at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City. He is the author of scholarly articles in political theology, ecclesiology, and social ethics, as well as a book of theological meditations on everyday life, A Priests Journal; Up with Authority: Why We Need Authority to Flourish as Human Beings and Christian Ethics: A Guide for the Perplexed.
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- :<b>contents</b>series Prefaceinvocationintroduction: An Invitation To Friendship1. The Limits Of Marriage2. The Confusions Of Friendship3. Friendship As Success At Being Human4. Friendship And Beauty5. The Weirdness Of Divine Love6. Biblical Friendships7. Christian Friendship And Christian Love8. Unapologetic Celibacy9. Is There Friendship In The Trinity?10. Examples Of Friendship11. All Together Nowconclusion: Concrete Practices