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Why You're Here: Ethics for the Real World

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What are Christians to be and to do in the world? What does faithfulness look like in these complex and confusing times?
Christians are often told either to take over the world in God's name or to withdraw into faithful sanctuaries of counter-cultural witness. John Stackhouse offers a concise, vivid, and practical alternative based on the teachings of Scripture about the m
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Paperback, 328 pages
Published December 1st 2017 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Tony Dickinson
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why You’re Here: Ethics for the Real World is John Stackhouse’s contribution to a conversation about ethics.  For Stackhouse, ethics are not a simple list of good things and bad things but are instead the character or essence of the thing.  Stackhouse uses this definition to suggest a reason why we are here: to maximize shalom.  Maximizing shalom means we have a job to do.  The book begins with a statement of what God expects of all people, then does the same regarding God’s expectation of Chris ...more
Martin R
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stackhouse develops a cogent ethic from twin vocations: the 'Human' calling we were created for, to 'maximise shalom', and the 'Christian' calling of the Church as agents of salvation. These impel us to act, even though our options and outcomes will routinely be compromised in this time between Christ's ascension and return. Stackhouse explores that tension for individuals, communities, and the public sphere.

I plan to share the book with several friends, both new to and familiar with theological
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Lee Bertsch
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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This is an adaptation of a previous book. In the introduction Stackhouse indicates that there have been a number of substantive developments in his thought in the meantime. Respect for an author increases when there is this ongoing rethink of material previously and eloquently addressed. I would put the word "REAL" in the subtitle in bold letters as that is truly the strength of this book. It is hopeful without being Pollyannaish. This quote toward the end of the book expresses well his overall ...more
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Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
Probably a 3 is more accurate, but again, not for me. I like Stackhouse and what he has to say in general, but found the style to be a bit dry--even though this book is a revision of his more scholarly book on the same topic. General idea is that being a faithful Christian is not always black and white. Most situations are not the extremes of "should I lie to the Nazi's banging on the door about the Jews hiding in my basement?", and so the right thing to do is not always simple. Sometimes turnin ...more
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This book is about big picture ethics, not your own personal life ethics though they are connected. He says christians have two commands to follow: bring Shalom to all relationships, God, people, the earth; and temporarily, make disciples. He argues that christians need, must be, in the world in all flavours, bringing the Christian perspective but working for the good of all. Comprise is an essential part of this, wisdom is needed to know how and when.
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Until 2015, John Stackhouse held the Sangwoo Youtong Chee Chair of Theology and Culture at Regent College, an international graduate school of Christian studies affiliated with the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. In September of that year, he took the Samuel J. Mikolaski Chair of Religious Studies at Crandall University in Moncton, New Brunswick, where he also serves as Dean o ...more

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