A Nazareth Manifesto

A Nazareth Manifesto : Being with God

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A Nazareth Manifesto is an eloquent and impassioned ecumenical proposal for re-envisioning Christianity s approach to social engagement away from working for the people to being with them. * Questions the effectiveness of the current trend of intervention as a means of fixing the problems of people in distressed and disadvantaged circumstances * Argues that Jesus spent 90% of his life simply being among the people of Nazareth, sharing their hopes and struggles, therefore Christians should place a similar emphasis on being alongside people in need rather than hastening to impose solutions * Written by a respected priest and broadcaster and renowned Christian ethicist and preacher * Supported by historical, contemporary, exegetical and anecdotal illustrations
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Product details

  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 157 x 228 x 21mm | 554g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0470673257
  • 9780470673256
  • 2,310,357

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This eloquent and ground-breaking book is nothing less than a call to rethink Christian witness and mission, based on a profound re-telling of our relationship with each other and God.

One of the most essential goals of contemporary Christianity is social engagement. In this thought-provoking manifesto, Samuel Wells - a respected priest and renowned Christian ethicist - takes as a starting point a thoughtful and impassioned proposal for re-envisioning Christianity's approach to social engagement away from working "for" the people to being "with" them. Wells argues that we are so focused on doing things for people - and often find ourselves wondering why they appear resistant to or ungrateful for our intervention - that we have lost sight of the importance of being with people and allowing that coexistence to inform how we learn from each other and grow together. Jesus spent 90% of his life simply being among the people of Nazareth, sharing their hopes and struggles - and so similar emphasis must be placed on being alongside people in distress and disadvantage rather than hastening to impose solutions. What flows from this is a different way of understanding our relationships with each other and with God.

Supported by a range of historical, contemporary, exegetical and anecdotal illustrations, A Nazareth Manifesto will prove to be a provocative and valuable contribution to the conversation surrounding Christianity's role in confronting the social challenges of today's world.
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Table of contents

Prologue: The Most Important Word 1 Introduction: God Is With Us 7 1 Being With 11 2 A Nazareth Manifesto 20 Part I: Realignment 33 3 Reassessing the Human Predicament 35 4 Reconceiving the Divine Purpose 50 Part II: God is With Us 65 5 The Story of Jesus 67 6 The Stories of Jesus 86 7 Embodying the Story of Jesus 100 Part III: Being With 123 8 God Being With God 125 9 God Being With Us 147 10 Being With One Another in Nazareth 169 11 Being With One Another in Galilee 187 12 Being With One Another in Jerusalem 202 Part IV: Explorations 229 13 Th eological Ramifications 231 14 Social Embodiments 248 Part V: Implications 269 15 The Transcendence of Justice 271 16 The Transfiguration of Suffering 283 Epilogue: Magnificat 298 Acknowledgments 304 Afterword 305 Scriptural Index 311 Subject Index 314
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Review Text

At the interface of critical academic reflection and faithful church theology, we have no better voice than that of Sam Wells. He invites us to rethink, from the ground up, our abiding temptation to condescending "help and service" to others. He compellingly renders a more excellent way toward the transformative "with."
Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary
This is a well documented book which reveals how the essential of the message of Jesus helps us all to construct a more human society, based on true and faithful relationships. Not doing for but being with. Samuel Walls with his academic skills and his pastoral heart shows us how confused personalities can become human when there is a true and faithful relationship. Being with is healing. This is a book that should be read by many.
Jean Vanier
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About Samuel Wells

Samuel Wells is the vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields and visiting professor of Christian ethics at King s College London. He is a former dean of Duke University Chapel in North Carolina and has published more than 20 books, including Living Without Enemies: Being Present in the Midst of Violence (2012), Be Not Afraid: Facing Fear with Faith (2011), and Introducing Christian Ethics (Wiley, 2010 with Ben Quash).
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