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Improvisation

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Establishes theatrical improvisation as a model for Christian ethics, helping Christians to "embody their faith in the practices of discipleship all the time".Samuel Wells defines improvisation in the theater as "a practice through which actors seek to develop trust in...


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Establishes theatrical improvisation as a model for Christian ethics, helping Christians to "embody their faith in the practices of discipleship all the time".Samuel Wells defines improvisation in the theater as "a practice through which actors seek to develop trust in themselves and one another in order that they may conduct unscripted dramas without fear."

Wells explains six practices that characterize both improvisation and Christian ethics. His model of improvisation reinforces the goal of Christian ethics--to teach Christians to "embody their faith in the practices of discipleship all the time."Samuel Wells (PhD, University of Durham) is dean of the chapel and research professor of Christian ethics at Duke University. He is the author of Transforming Fate into Destiny: The Theological Ethics of Stanley Hauerwas and coedited, with Stanley Hauerwas, The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics.Preface
Introduction

Plowing

1. Ethics as Theology
2. Theology as Narrative
3. Narrative as Drama
4. Drama as Improvisation

Planting

5. Forming Habits
6. Assessing Status
7. Accepting and Blocking
8. Questioning Givens
9. Incorporating Gifts
10. Reincorporating the Lost

Reaping

11. A Threatening Offer:
Human Evil
12. A Threatening Offer:
Flawed Creation
13. A Promising Offer:
Perfectible Bodies
14. A Promising Offer:
Unlimited Food

In Improvisation, Samuel Wells defines improvisation in the theater as "a practice through which actors seek to develop trust in themselves and one another in order that they may conduct unscripted dramas without fear." Sounds a lot like life, doesn't it? Building trust, overcoming fear, conducting relationships, and making choices--all without a script.

Wells establishes theatrical improvisation as a model for Christian ethics, a matter of "faithfully improvising on the Christian tradition." He views the Bible not as a "script" but as a "training school" that shapes the habits and practices of the Christian community. Drawing on scriptural narratives and church history, Wells explains six practices that characterize both improvisation and Christian ethics. His model of improvisation reinforces the goal of Christian ethics--to teach Christians to "embody their faith in the practices of discipleship all the time."

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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 338908
  • Product Code 9781441212887
  • ISBN 1441212884
  • EAN 9781441212887
  • Department Academic
  • Category Christian Worldview
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Brazos Press
  • Publication Date Sep 2004
  • DRM Adobe
  • Printable No
  • Size 0.96 MB (EPUB)

Samuel Wells

The Reverend Dr. Sam Wells (Ph.D., Durham University) has been Dean of Duke University Chapel, North Carolina since 2005. His pastoral experience before coming to Duke included a spell as a community worker in inner-city Liverpool. He served four parishes as a Church of England priest from 1991-2005.
In addition to his role at Duke Chapel, Sam is also Research Professor of Christian Ethics at Duke Divinity School. He has published six single-author works Transforming Fate into Destiny (Carlisle: Paternoster and Eugene: Cascade, 1998); Community-Led Estate Regeneration and the Local Church (Cambridge: Grove, 2003); Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics (Grand Rapids: Brazos and London: SPCK, 2004); Gods Companions: Reimagining Christian Ethics (Oxford, UK and Malden, Massachusetts, 2006) Power and Passion: Six Characters is Search of Resurrection (The Archbishop of Canterburys Lent Book 2007, Grand Rapids: Zondervan) and Speaking the Truth: Preaching in a Pluralistic Culture (Nashville: Abingdon, 2008)


He has also issued three jointly-edited volumes: Faithfulness and Fortitude (with Mark Thiessen Nation, Edinburgh: T & T Clark, 2000); The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics (with Stanley Hauerwas, Oxford, UK and Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2004) and Living Out Loud: Conversations about virtue, ethics, and evangelicalism (Paternoster, 2010)

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