Christian Households

The Sanctification of Nearness

By Thomas E. Breidenthal

Christian Households

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  • ISBN: 9781592448869
  • Pages: 162
  • Publication Date: 9/27/2004
  • Retail Price: $22.00
Web Price: $17.60
Web Price: $17.60

Christian Households

The Sanctification of Nearness

By Thomas E. Breidenthal

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781592448869
  • Pages: 162
  • Publication Date: 9/27/2004
  • Retail Price: $22.00
Web Price: $17.60

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"To ask why Christians live together," writes Tom Breidenthal, "is to ask what a Christian household is and what kind of householding Christian faith inspires." In the church today we find many different kinds of households: married couples with and without children, single parents, same-sex couples, monastic communities, people living alone. In constructing a theology of the Christian household Breidenthal begins with New Testament texts on the family and goes on to develop criteria by which we can tell the difference between households that are holy, households that fall short of holiness, and households whose basic premises rule out any possibility of holiness. He thus sheds considerable light on the essential and vexing questions of our time concerning intimacy, sexuality, community, childrearing, and the sanctifying nearness of others.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"Tom Breidenthal recalls us to the richness of the Christian understanding of the 'neighbor.' With sensitivity he uncovers the many ways in which 'family values' can undercut the primary value of Christian relating: the quality he names 'nearness.'"

Barbara Crafton, Episcopal priest, author of 'The Sewing Room'

"Breidenthal offers us a profoundly biblical approach to the relationships that Christians enter into with one another. This book marks a significant advancement in the foundational but often misunderstood field of biblical theology."

John Koenig, Professor of New Testament Literature and Interpretation, General Theological Seminary

Contributors-

Thomas E. Breidenthal

Bio(s)-

Thomas Breidenthal has been Dean of Religious Life and of the Chapel at Princeton University since January 2002. Before then he was the John Henry Hobart Professor of Christian Ethics at The General Theological Seminary in New York City. An Episcopal priest, Breidenthal received a D. Phil. in Theology from Oxford University. His professional work has been focused on interfaith dialogue, political theology, and the role of faith in shaping personal relationships. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey with his wife, Margaret, and their two children.

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