God Knows There's Need : Christian Responses to Poverty
In this insightful volume, Susan R. Holman blends personal memoir and deep research into ancient writings to illuminate the age-old issues of need, poverty, and social justice in the history of the Christian tradition. Tying these historical texts to modern responses to need, Holman begins with her own encounters with need and describes her discovery of the existence of never-before-translated early Christian texts on responses to poverty, hunger, and disease. Holman explores, for instance, the stories of fourth- and fifth-century bishops responding to social crises of famine, homelessness, and disease, showing how these early Christian writers can be allies for those of us who want to influence our contemporary dialogue about relief and social justice. Throughout this deeply personal and richly scholarly work, Holman looks in particular at three broad, recurring ideas-sensing need, sharing the world, and embodying sacred kingdom-that allow her to bridge the ancient and the modern, and help readers understand more fully these age-old issues.
- Hardback | 216 pages
- 165.1 x 236.22 x 22.86mm | 385.55g
- 02 Jun 2009
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
- 3 black and white half tone illustrations
Table of contents
1. God Knows: Empathic Remembering ; 2. Remembering as Personal Story ; 3. Engaging Paradigms: The Shape of Early Christian Need ; 4. On Living and Telling: Crossing the Gap ; 5. Poverty and the Gendering of Empathy ; 6. Maria's Choice ; 7. On Living Crunchy and Doing Right(s) ; 8. Embodying Sacred Kingdom
Very few books manage to combine sensitive and accurate historical scholarship with deep personal engagement and indeed exposure; this is one of them. Susan Holman courageously bridges the gap between the scholarly study of early Christianity and the challenges of Christian discipleship today with a real depth of insight and no trace of romanticism about the past. A unique achievement. * Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury *
About Susan R. Holman
Susan R. Holman is an academic research writer and editor at the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health. She is the author of The Hungry are Dying: Beggars and Bishops in Roman Cappadocia.