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Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics

Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics
Improvisation in the theatre is a practice through which actors seek to develop trust in themselves and one another in order that they may conduct unscripted dramas without fear.
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ISBN/EAN: 9781540960115
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Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Author: Samuel Wells
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This book is a study of how the church may becme a community of trust in order that it may faithfully encounter unknown or the future without fear. It is a treatment of how the story and practices of the church shape and empower Christians with the uninhibited freedom sometimes experienced by theatrical imiprovisors. This book is in three parts. Part 1 proposes that improvisation is an appropriate model in which to understand the nature and purpose of Christian ethics. Part 2 outlines six practices that characterise improvisation in the theater and that might characerise Christian ethics also. Part 3 presents four examples of how these practices enable Christians and the church to engage with particularly significant contexts and issues. The book is an essay in theological ethics. It sees the principal role of Christian ethics as describing how Christians have formed habits by maintaining a tradition over centuries, largely embodied in written texts and in key practices, particularly the practices of worship. Christian ethics is about helping Christians embody their faith in the practices of discipleship all the time. It seeks to inspire the imagination of communities, assuming that a healthy community has a blend of thinkers and doers, or practitioners and reflectors. The author hopes that the academy, the altar, and the marketplace will all find in this book a reason, an encouragement, and a method for exploring their theological imagination together. The book is in 234 pp, which include an epilogue, an afterword, notes, name index and subject index.
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