Life Abundant: Rethinking Theology and Economy for a Planet in Peril (Google eBook)

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Fortress Press, 2001 - Religion - 251 pages
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A compelling vision-before it's too lateIn this splendidly crafted work, McFague argues for theology as an ethical imperative for all thinking Christians: Responsible discipleship today entails disciplined religious reflection. Moreover, theology matters: Without serious reflection on their worldview, ultimate commitments, and lifestyle, North American Christians cannot hope to contribute to ensuring the "good life" for people or the planet. To live differently we must think differently. McFague's has therefore written primer in theology. It helps Christians assess their own religious story in light of the larger Christian tradition and the felt needs of the planet. At once an apology for an ecologically driven theology and a model for how theology itself might be expressed, her work is expressly crafted to bring people into the practice of religious reflection as a form of responsible Christian practice in the world. McFague shows the reader how articulating one's personal religious story and credo can lead directly into contextual analysis, unfolding of theological concepts, and forms of Christian practice.In lucid prose she offers creative discussions of revelation, the reigning economic worldview (and its ecological alternative), and how a planetary theology might approach classical areas of God and the world, Christ and salvation, and life in the Spirit. Enticing readers into serious self-assessment and creative commitment, McFague's new work encourages and models a theological practice that "gives glory to God by loving the world."
  

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User Review  - drcollins - LibraryThing

This was one of the most exciting works of theology I have read in some time. McFague seems to spend a great deal of time doing theology on the edge. by that I mean that her theology searches for new ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ryan Motter - Goodreads

McFague's treatment of economic theology proves just the same as her other works: fantastic. Also, she is surprisingly confessional in this volume and deeply personal, making it that much better. Read full review

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Contents

A Brief Credo
3
Some Reflections
9
Thinking Theologically
15
A Credo
17
Theology Matters
25
A North American Liberation Theology
33
The Matter of Theology
39
Contexts
40
Beginning with God
135
The Many Ways to Say It
138
God as Creator Liberator and Sustainer
143
How Is God Present in the World?
148
Is Reality Good?
151
Christ and Salvation
157
Ecological Christologies
160
Prophetic and Sacramental
166

Content
51
Criteria
57
Introduction
71
The Contemporary Economic Model and World view
75
The Contemporary Economic Worldview and the Consumer Society
81
An Assessment of the Consumer Society
93
The Ecological Economic Model and Worldview
99
The Ecological Economic Worldview and the Ecological Society
105
An Assessment of the Ecological Society
120
Introduction
127
God and the World
133
Christ and the Ecological Economic Worldview
171
Life in the Spirit
181
Human Existence in the Spirit
182
John Woolman and Dorothy Day
186
Life in the Church
195
Life in Society
199
Epilogue
203
A Manifesto to North American MiddleClass Christians
205
Notes
211
Index
243
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