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Who Are We?: Critical Reflections and Hopeful Possibilities [Paperback]

By Jean Bethke Elshtain (Author)
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At a time when many despair of culture, Elshtain recovers the life-affirming essence of what it means to be human. Respected Christian ethicist Jean Bethke Elshtain finds in the tensions and tragedies of our turn-of-the-century society hope in the recovery of personhood. She explores the internal and external trappings that so easily lead us to forget how to be faithful to something other than ourselves. This is a work of political analysis, cultural criticism, and theological engagement. Elshtain suggests that much of what we rightly interpret as troubling presents fascinating interpretive occasions for Christians, who, of all people, are called to live in hope. She highlights in particular certain aspects of youth culture, taking up popular films like Seven and Titanic and tragedies like the shootings at Columbine High School. What she finds running through all of these are examples of courage and a search for a source of truth and meaning that seems to elude so many.

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Pages   196
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9" Width: 6.46" Height: 0.51"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2004
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802847250  
ISBN13  9780802847256  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jean Bethke Elshtain is Centennial Professor of Political Science and Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is the author of "Women and War" and, coming out this year, "Antigone's Daughters." She writes on the history of political thought, contemporary political and social theory, moral philosophy, and women's studies.
Stanley Hauerwas is Professor of Theological Ethics at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He is the author of "A Community of Character: Toward a Constructive Christian Social Ethic" and "The Peaceable Kingdom." His writing focuses on an ethic of virtue or character.
Sari Nusseibeh is the director of the Jerusalem Center for Strategic Research and Professor of Philosophy at Bir Zeit University in the West Bank. He is author with Mark Heller of "No Trumpets, No Drums: A Two-State Settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict."
Michael Walzer is the U.P.S. Foundation Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. A writer on social ethics, he is the author of "Just and Unjust Wars" and, most recently, "The Company of Critics."
George Weigel is president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and a Catholic theologian specializing in social ethics. He is author of "Tranquillitas Ordinis: The Present Failure and Future Promise of American Catholic Thought on War and Peace."
"La Civilta Cattolica" is a Jesuit magazine published in Rome. Its editorials, which are written by an anonymous board of editors, are reviewed by the Vatican Secretariat of State, according to the Catholic News Service, the official press arm of the United States Catholic Conference. The director of "La Civilta Cattolica," the Rev. GianPaolo Salvini, S.J., said, "We are neither an official nor a semiofficial voice of the Vatican. But according to...tradition, we are used to working in syntony with the Holy See, and we avoid publishing articles which are contrary to the mind of the Vatican. This was the case for this editorial too."
David DeCosse is an editor at Doubleday. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Jean Bethke Elshtain currently resides in Nashville, in the state of Tennessee. Jean Bethke Elshtain was born in 1941 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Chicago.

Jean Bethke Elshtain has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Frank M. Covey, Jr. Loyola Lectures in Political Analysis (Paper
  2. New French Thought

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brilliant and sane thinker  Jan 16, 2003
Sqeakel M has it wrong. Elshtain is one of the best thinkers and writers around. I wonder what books the 1 star reviewer would find helpful?
brilliant and sane thinker  Jan 15, 2003
Sqeakel M has it wrong. Elshtain is one of the best thinkers and writers around. I wonder what books the first review would find helpful?
Who Are We?  Apr 7, 2002
While the premise is intriging, the final result and manner in which she presents her arguments is dry, boring, and difficult to understand.

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