Good Life Genuine Christianity for the Middle Class

ISBN-10: 1556350686

ISBN-13: 9781556350689

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Description: Intimate friendships, loving families, good food, and beautiful homes--middle-class Westerners enjoy so many gifts. Christians often feel guilty about their enjoyment of these gifts, but David McCarthy suggests that God provides these things for our enjoyment. In contrast to consumerism, which encourages shallow relationships, McCarthy explains how the love of God fosters a deep attachment to the world. He describes this in relation to marriage, family, friendship, hospitality, and work. A right ordering of our desires will lead Christians to an enjoyment of life that require less "stuff." This book will be appreciated by all Christians trying to live well in an affluent culture.

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Book details

List price: $23.00
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 12/1/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 176
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594

McCarthy is assistant professor of theology at Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Acknowledgments
The Beginning: Seek First the Kingdom
People
Introduction
American and Middle Class
Contractual Connections and Our Economic Logic
Friendship
God's Gift of Friendship
Love and Justice
God and Neighbor
Family First
Marriage
Sex and Singleness
Conclusion
Places
Introduction
Our Place
The Home and the Hospitality of the Market
Sharing, Eating, and Housekeeping
Country and Nation
Hope for the World
Conclusion
Things
Introduction
The Meaning of Things
Debts and Gifts
Wants and Needs
Work and Cultivation
Our Relation to Things
Conclusion
God and Creation
Introduction
We Believe
One God, the Father, the Almighty, Maker of Heaven and Earth
For God, Creation Out of Nothing, and for Us, Lots of Things
One Lord, Jesus Christ, the Only Son of God
The Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life
One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church
The Forgiveness of Sin
Resurrection and the Life of the World to Come
Conclusion
A Final Word: Bound to Love
Bibliography
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