Forbearance: A Theological Ethic for a Disagreeable Church
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James Calvin Davis, in his work Forbearance: A Theological Ethic for a Disagreeable Church, creates a theological ethic for handling disagreements in the church that is grounded in the biblical concept of forbearance. Drawing from Paul's writing in Ephesians and Colossians where he encourages his audience to "bear with each other" in spite of their differences, Davis extrapolates the theological practice of maintaining unity while at the same time taking seriously those matters on which they disagree. Davis argues that the biblical concept of forbearance provides Christians with a constructive and dignified way of handling conflict in the church, while at the same time providing a strong witness to the fractured world around. By practicing the biblical concept of forbearance, the oneness in Christ that should be evident in the life of the church is shown to a divisive and broken world.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802875106
ISBN-13: 9780802875105

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Offers a faithful, constructive way to deal with dissent

What happens when we approach disagreement not as a problem to solve but as an opportunity to practice Christian virtue?

In this book James Calvin Davis reclaims the biblical concept of forbearance to develop a theological ethic for faithful disagreement. Pointing to Ephesians and Colossians, in which Paul challenged his readers to "bear with each other" in spite of differences, Davis draws out a theologically grounded practice in which Christians work hard to maintain unity while still taking seriously matters on which they disagree.

The practice of forbearance, Davis argues, offers Christians a dignified, graceful, and constructive way to deal with conflict. Forbearance can also strengthen the church's public witness, offering an antidote to the pervasive divisiveness present in contemporary culture.

Author Bio

James Calvin Davis is professor of religion at Middlebury College and an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (USA). He is also the author of In Defense of Civility: How Religion Can Unite America on Seven Moral Issues That Divide Us.

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Craig Dykstra
— Duke Divinity School
"Forbearance. It’s an old-fashioned word, perhaps, but if ever we needed to recover its use, now is the time. Our politics and economics, our communities and churches, and even our families are fractured by polarizing disagreements that often grow into debilitating conflicts. In this discerning book James Calvin Davis deftly narrates the meanings, spirit, power, and practice of ’bearing with one another’ as a fundamental Christian civic virtue, one that can lead us into ways of dealing with our conflicts that are marked by wisdom, justice, faithfulness, and hope."

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