Item description for Covenant & Commitments (FRC) (Family, Religion, and Culture) by Max L. Stackhouse...
Overview Recognizing the inadequacy of current family values rhetoric, ethicist Max L. Stackhouse proposes a covenantal ethic of the family that accounts for the changing landscape of our homes and our workplaces. His brilliant analysis of how religious images of the family impact culture, the Protestant notion of covenated marriage in relation to economic structures, and the role of state welfare policies on the development of children constitutes a crucial turning point in the debate over the American family.
Ethicist Max Stackhouse challenges libertarian and liberationist arguments that distort the nature and character of love, sexuality, and commitment. He seeks to recover a covenantal ethic, which would recapture the value of strong family relationships.
The Family, Culture, and Religion series offers informed and responsible analyses of the state of the American family from a religious perspective and provides practical assistance for the family's revitalization.
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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.2" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.55" Weight: 0.69 lbs.
Release Date Apr 15, 1997
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
Series Family Religion And Culture
ISBN 0664254675 ISBN13 9780664254674
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Family, Economy, and Covenant Theology May 16, 1999
The Greek word "oikos," from which the word "economy" is derived, originally referred to the economy of the household. This premodern conception of the relationship between the household and the economy was "home economics" in the truest sense. In this book, one of a number of excellent titles from the Religion, Culture, and Family Project at the University of Chicago Divinity School, Max Stackhouse shows how the economic systems and ideologies that so profoundly influence family life are, in turn, shaped by theology.
The structural changes in our society as it has moved through its hunter-gatherer, agricultural, and industrialized phases have gone hand-in-hand with changes in our economy, ranging from capitalism, to socialism, to postindustrialism, to the new globalism. All of these changes have had a profound impact on the structure, purpose, and well-being of families. Perhaps the most coherent and comprehensive of the theological models that have sought to navigate these changing social, economic, and familial tides is the "covenant theology" that arose within the Calvinist Reformed tradition. That theology places the emphasis on choice and consent that characterizes so much classical and contemporary discourse within a framework of the interrelation of the "created orders" of church, state, and family.
In laying out this theological and economic theory of the family, Stackhouse touches on many of the most pressing issues in the family debate, such as the Protestant debate over homosexuality, the normative structure of sexuality, the impact of materialism and consumerism on the household, the libertarian reduction of individualistic rational-choice economic theory, the division of household labor, the impact of poverty and welfare on families and children, and the idea of covenant marriage and relationship. For those who follow American politics, Stackhouse's book is a particularly provocative integration of the liberal emphasis on economics and the conservative focus on the family. In the end, it is a timely study of the theological basis for our commitments to what Freud identified as the central features of personhood, namely, work and love.