By Adrian Thatcher(auth.)
This well timed ebook, by way of one of many world’s best theologians during this box, makes a good theological contribution to give highbrow and useful discussions approximately households and youngsters.
- Explores the highbrow and sensible debates concerning the altering nature of family members types, roles and relationships, and the way Christian religion and theology can give a contribution to the thriving of households and youngsters.
- Considers the explanations and results of adjustments to households over fresh a long time.
- Utilizes the theological assets which are top outfitted to accommodate those alterations and to form moral educating, moral perform, ethical decisions, and public rules.
- Develops family-friendly readings of scripture, culture and doctrine, and strikes ahead theological remedy of marriage, gender and children.
Chapter 1 starting with genuine households and youngsters (pages 3–24):
Chapter 2 The Bible within the carrier of households (pages 25–50):
Chapter three The instructing of Jesus approximately households and youngsters (pages 51–77):
Chapter four family, households, and the Triune God (pages 78–111):
Chapter five Spouses and companions (pages 115–141):
Chapter 6 teenagers, mom and dad, and Rights (pages 142–166):
Chapter 7 God, mom and dad, and kids (pages 167–198):
Chapter eight Open households and selected Childlessness (pages 199–230):
Chapter nine households and the “Domestic Church” (pages 231–256):
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London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1988), pp. 44–5. If this interpretation is correct, the permission to marry, given in 1 Cor. 7:8–9, becomes permission to re-marry. There are of course many implications for the church’s traditional doctrine if this plausible reading is adopted. 22 See for example, Stavros S. ), Celebrating Christian Marriage (Edinburgh and New York: T&T Clark/Continuum, 2001), pp. 89–104. 21 32 and that remains a problem. Neither is it solved by the traditional formula whereby all Christians are offered the choice of marriage or of celibacy.
Virginity before marriage is a girl’s highest duty and greatest value. 4 These highly gendered codes are an important cause of some of the discontinuities between men and women then and now. The equality of the sexes could scarcely be conceived in the ancient world. ”6 Many marriages were arranged, of course, by the families themselves, not by the spouses. ” Whether or not they were loved, they were needed: “boys to preserve the family property, protect their women, and beget sons; girls to contract good 3 Osiek and Balch, Families, p.
135. See Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins (New York: Crossroad, 1983). 30 The reference is to Warren Carter, Households and Discipleship: A Study of Matthew 19–20 (Sheffield, UK: Sheffield Academic Press, 1994). ”31 St Paul affirms that husband and wife have mutual authority over each other’s bodies (1 Cor. 7:8–9). 32 The key to understanding the claimed achievements of the earliest Christianity in relation to issues of family and gender is said to be the “honor-shame codes” of the ancient world with which the Gospel engaged.