Looking For Life (Journal For The Study Of The New Testament Supplement Series)
Through exegetical studies of 1 Corinthians and Galatians, John Lewis shows how Paul synthesises theology and ethics - which interpreters frequently separate - as integrated aspects of Christian thinking and living. This fusion becomes evident in Paul's complex process of...
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Through exegetical studies of 1 Corinthians and Galatians, John Lewis shows how Paul synthesises theology and ethics - which interpreters frequently separate - as integrated aspects of Christian thinking and living. This fusion becomes evident in Paul's complex process of theological, moral reasoning that lies beneath the surface of his letters for which we have coined the phrase 'theo-ethical reasoning'.The book also examines how Paul encourages his churches to apply this theo-ethical reasoning in the community practice of spiritual discernment - a dialogical, comparative process of reasoned reflection on behaviour and experience. Through this practice of looking for life, community members are led by the Spirit as they reason together, attempting to associate the manifestations of new life with conduct that faithfully portrays Christ's self-giving pattern. This correlation of conduct with experience grounds Paul's own proclamation of Jesus Christ in word and deed. It also becomes the foundation for believers' faith and hope as they come to know Christ and experience the power of God. Thus, the book concludes that the practice of spiritual discernment by means of theo-ethical reasoning lies at the centre of Paul's religion.
John P. Lewis (Ph.D., University of New England) has served as a pastor, teacher, and writer for over ten years and has taught theology and church history at a number of theological colleges. He has authored Karl Barth in North America: The Influence of Karl Barth in the Making of a New North American Evangelicalism.
- 1 Theology And Ethics In Paul; 2 Identifying Theo-ethical Reasoning: (1 Corinthians 1-4); 3 Engaging In Theo-ethical Reasoning: Associating Experience With Conduct (1 Corinthians 5-16); 4 Engaging In Theo-ethical Reasoning: Looking For Life In Christ And Not In Law (galatians); Conclusion