Looking Before and After: Testimony and the Christian Life

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 15. apr. 2008 - 114 strani
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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My Testimony
13
Testimony and Testifying
19
Memoria
41
Despair Presumption Hope
63
The First Adam and the Last
83
Afterword
101
Notes
104
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Alan Jacobs is distinguished professor of literature at BaylorUniversity, Waco, Texas. His many other books include Original Sin: A Cultural History, LookingBefore and After: Testimony and the Christian Life,A Visit to Vanity Fair, Shaming theDevil, and The Narnian: The Life andImaginationof C. S. Lewis.

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