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Looking Before and After: Testimony and the Christian Life (Stob Lectures 2006) [Paperback]

By Alan Jacobs (Author)
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Pages   114
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.34"
Weight:   0.41 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2008
Publisher   WM. B. EERDMANS PUBLISHING CO.
ISBN  0802849814  
EAN  9780802849816  


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In the work of Lesslie Newbigin, Stanley Hauerwas, Gerald Laughlin, and many others, the "Christian story" is a communal one: the life of the individual Christian, on this account, achieves meaning only through participation in this communally recounted narrative. These thinkers, says Alan Jacobs, do not deny that the Christian faith makes propositional claims, but they do tend to understand such propositions as having their proper force only within the context of God's overarching narrative of human history. While a tremendously important movement, Jacobs acknowledges, something has perhaps been neglected in the development of this narrative theology - the narrative dimension of individual Christian lives. Jacobs employs a critical approach to literary narratives, especially autobiographies and memoirs, to help us think theologically about the shape of personal lives. Looking Before and After encourages us to ask how individual lives can, in a specifically Christian sense, be meaningful, how we can discern and rightly interpret those meanings, and how we might tell our own stories in ways that avoid the dangers of presumption and despair. This book reinvigorates narrative theology and helps to demonstrate the power of individual life stories when they are properly told and properly understood.

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In the work of such major theologians as Lesslie Newbigin and Stanley Hauerwas, the "Christian story" is communal, and the individual Christian achieves meaning only through participation in this communally recounted narrative. While Alan Jacobs acknowledges the importance of the communal story, he suggests that something has been neglected in the development of narrative theology - the narrative dimension of individual Christian lives.

Looking Before and After encourages us to ask how individual lives can, in a specifically Christian sense, be meaningful, how we can discern and rightly interpret those meanings, and how we might tell our own stories in ways that avoid the dangers of presumption and despair. In his typically beautiful writing style, Jacobs here reinvigorates narrative theology and demonstrates the power of individual life stories well told and properly understood.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Alan Jacobs is Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University. He is the author of several books, including "The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction" (Oxford) and "Original Sin: A Cultural History" (HarperOne), and he has edited W. H. Auden's long poems "For the Time Being" and "The Age of Anxiety" (both Princeton).

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