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Number of Pages: 232
Publication Date: 2006
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.72 X 0.52 (inches)|
Series: Challenges in Contemporary Theology
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.
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”
"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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