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Looking Before and After

Paperback|Apr 2008
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In the work of such major theologians as Lesslie Newbigin and Stanley Hauerwas, the "Christian story" is communal, and the individual Christian achieves meaning only through participation in this communally recounted narrative. While Alan Jacobs acknowledges the importance of the...


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In the work of such major theologians as Lesslie Newbigin and Stanley Hauerwas, the "Christian story" is communal, and the individual Christian achieves meaning only through participation in this communally recounted narrative. While Alan Jacobs acknowledges the importance of the communal story, he suggests that something has been neglected in the development of narrative theology the narrative dimension of individual Christian lives.
Looking Before and After encourages us to ask how individual lives can, in a specifically Christian sense, be meaningful, how we can discern and rightly interpret those meanings, and how we might tell our own stories in ways that avoid the dangers of presumption and despair. In his typically beautiful prose, Jacobs here reinvigorates narrative theology and demonstrates the power of individual life stories well told and properly understood.


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In the work of Lesslie Newbigin, Stanley Hauerwas, Gerald Laughlin, and many others, the - ?Christian story - ? is a communal one: the life of the individual Christian, on this account, achieves meaning only through participation in this communally recounted narrative. These thinkers, says Alan Jacobs, do not deny that the Christian faith makes propositional claims, but they do tend to understand such propositions as having their proper force only within the context of God - 's overarching narrative of human history. While a tremendously important movement, Jacobs acknowledges, something has perhaps been neglected in the development of this narrative theology ? the narrative dimension of individual Christian lives. Jacobs employs a critical approach to literary narratives, especially autobiographies and memoirs, to help us think theologically about the shape of personal lives. Looking Before and After encourages us to ask how individual lives can, in a specifically Christian sense, be meaningful, how we can discern and rightly interpret those meanings, and how we might tell our own stories in ways that avoid the dangers of presumption and despair. This book reinvigorates narrative theology and helps to demonstrate the power of individual life stories when they are properly told and properly understood.
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PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 272835
  • Product Code 9780802849816
  • ISBN 0802849814
  • EAN 9780802849816
  • Pages 128
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Eerdmans
  • Publication Date Apr 2008
  • Sales Rank 62772
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 3mm
  • Weight 0.198kg

Alan Jacobs

Dr Alan Jacobs (Ph.D., University of Virginia) is Professor of English and Director of the Faith and Learning Program at Wheaton College in Illinois. He is the author of award winning books The Narnian: the Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis (San Francisco: Harper, and London: SPCK, 2005) - winner, Christianity Today 2006 Book Award, History/Biography Category and Winner, 2006 John Pollock Award for Christian Biography with Shaming the Devil: Essays in Truthtelling (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2004).
He is also the author of A Theology of Reading: the Hermeneutics of Love (Boulder and New York: Westview Press, 2001), A Visit to Vanity Fair: Moral Essays on the Present Age (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2001) Winner, Christianity Today 2002 Book Award, Christianity and Culture category, Looking Before and After: Testimony and the Christian Life (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2008) and Original Sin: a Cultural History (San Francisco: Harper/ SPCK 2008).
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