God's Companions: Reimagining Christian Ethics
God's Companions: Reimagining Christian Ethics  -     By: Samuel Wells
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 232
Vendor: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.72 X 0.52 (inches)
ISBN: 1405120142
ISBN-13: 9781405120142
Series: Challenges in Contemporary Theology

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We are pleased to annouce that God’s Companions bySamuel Wells has been shortlisted for the 2007 Michael Ramsey Prizefor theological writing.www.michaelramseyprize.org.uk

Grounded in Samuel Wells’ experience of ordinary lives inpoorer neighborhoods, this book presents a striking and imaginativeapproach to Christian ethics. It argues that Christian ethics isfounded on God, on the practices of human community, and onworship, and that ethics is fundamentally a reflection of God'sabundance.

Wells synthesizes dogmatic, liturgical, ethical, scriptural, andpastoral approaches to theology in order to make a bold claim forthe centrality of the local church in theological reflection. Heconsiders the abundance of gifts God gives through the practices ofthe Church, particularly the Eucharist. His central thesis, whichgoverns his argument throughout, is that God gives his peopleeverything they need to worship him, be his friends, and eat withhim. Wells engages with serious scholarly material, yet sets outthe issues lucidly for a student audience.

Author Bio

Samuel Wells was born in Canada, studied in Oxford, Edinburgh, and Durham, UK and spent fourteen years in parish ministry in the Church of England, mostly in socially deprived areas, before moving to North Carolina to be Dean of the Chapel at Duke University and Research Professor of Christian Ethics at Duke Divinity School. He has written several books in the field of theological ethics, including Transforming Fate into Destiny: The Theological Ethics of Stanley Hauerwas (2004), Improvisation and the Drama of Christian Ethics (2004) and Community-Led Estate Regeneration and the Local Church (2003). He co-edited with Stanley Hauerwas The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics (Blackwell, 2004).

Editorial Reviews

“Sam Wells has written a stunningly good book. He is a greatstoryteller and his stories reveal how the abundance of God isfound in the life of the local church. God's companions turn out tobe all around us. Anyone who imagines ethics is a dry subjectshould drink deep from Wells at his most refreshing.”
Graham James, Bishop of Norwich <!--end-->

"God’s Companions is an excellent exemplificationof seeing the liturgy as the primary source of Christian action inthe world. With the help of some wonderfully insightful Scripturalexegesis, Wells shows how God in liturgical action gives us anabundance of everything we need. More than a commentary on liturgyand ethics in general, Wells' book is, from start to finish, basedin descriptions of the everyday practices of ordinarycongregations. Wells bridges the academic/pastoral divide withgrace."
William T. Cavanaugh, University of St. Thomas

“Wells moves seamlessly from exposition of scripture tostories of ordinary lives”
Christian Century

"I found the book to be a rich feast of sharp insights, pastoralwisdom and refreshing exposition. I am glad to find that one ofGods companions and hence ours is Sam Wells."

"Wells himself presents a compelling account of how Christianethics is shapes by the practises of the church."
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