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Family: A Christian Social Perspective [Paperback]

By Lisa Sowle Cahill (Author)
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Cahill's important work brings fresh historical, theological, and ethical thought to the explosive area of family_deeply contested territory in today's cultural and religious skirmishes. In the religious arena, evangelical-conservative vs. mainline-feminist lines echo larger social battles, contesting the authentic meaning of family within a Christian framework. Though "family" has been dissected in the academic and cultural wars, Cahill asserts that the usual religious agenda of restoring the traditional nuclear family is actually misinformed and misguided. It bolsters oppressive social, economic, and racial mechanisms that are destroying families at the bottom, middle, and even top of the ladder. Is there an authentically Christian notion of family? Cahill's contribution shows in a striking way how very different were counter-cultural New Testament and early-church notions of family from our ideas of "family values;" how, throughout history, other influential Christian examples have emerged in the work of John Chrysostom, Martin Luther, and the Puritans; how, despite distortion by gender and class divisions, there develops a Christian vision of the altruistic family, animated by Christian discipleship to stand for compassion, generosity, and justice; how pertinent this vision of the "domestic church" is to public debate and public policy.

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An authentic vision for today's family Thoughtful and informative, Cahill's work brings fresh historical, theological, and ethical thought to the explosive area of family-deeply contested territory in today's cultural and religious skirmishes. As one group of social theorists and cultural critics points to rising divorce and illegitimacy rates as symptoms of unfettered individualism and moral laxity, another side notes that the "traditional," nuclear family is actually a product of the industrial age, with its strict gender roles, public-private split, and exclusion of an underclass. In the religious arena, evangelical- conservative vs. mainline-feminist lines echo these battles, contesting the authentic meaning of family within a Christian framework. Though "family" has been dissected in the academic and cultural wars, Cahill asserts that the usual religious agenda of restoring the traditional nuclear family is actually misinformed and misguided. It actually bolsters oppressive social, economic, and racial mechanisms that are destroying families at the bottom, middle, and even top of the ladder. Is there an authentically Christian notion of family? Cahill's contribution shows in a striking way how very different we are counter-cultural New Testament and early- church notions of family from our ideas of "family values;" how, throughout history, other fruitful Christian examples have emerged in the work of John Chrysostom, Martin Luther, and the Puritans; how, despite distortion by gender and class divisions, there develops a Christian vision of the altruistic family, animated by Christian discipleship to stand for compassion, generosity, and justice; how pertinent this vision of the "domestic church" is to public debate and public policy.

Citations And Professional Reviews
Family: A Christian Social Perspective by Lisa Sowle Cahill has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Choice - 10/01/2001 page 326
  • Christian Century - 10/10/2001 page 34


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Item Specifications...


Studio: FORTRESS PRESS
Pages   170
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.07" Width: 6.09" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.68 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2000
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Edition  New  
ISBN  0800632524  
ISBN13  9780800632526  


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More About Lisa Sowle Cahill


Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lisa Sowle Cahill is J. Donald Monan, SJ, Professor of Theology at Boston College. Her most recent publications include Sex, Gender and Christian Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 1996), Bioethics and the Common Good (2004) and Theological Bioethics: Participation, Justice and Change (2005). She is currently a member of the Catholic Common Ground Initiative, the Advisory Board of the Public Religion Research Institute, the Board of Directors of the international journal Concilium and the Catholic Peacebuilding Network.

Lisa Sowle Cahill has an academic affiliation as follows - Boston College, Massachusetts Boston College Boston College, Massachus.

Lisa Sowle Cahill has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Concilium
  2. Concilium: Theology in the Age of Renewal
  3. Moral Traditions (Paperback)


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