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A Nazareth Manifesto: Being with God

ISBN: 978-0-470-67325-6
336 pages
June 2015
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A Nazareth Manifesto is an eloquent and impassioned ecumenical proposal for re-envisioning Christianity’s approach to social engagement away from working “for” the people to being “with” them.

  • Questions the effectiveness of the current trend of intervention as a means of fixing the problems of people in distressed and disadvantaged circumstances
  • Argues that Jesus spent 90% of his life simply being among the people of Nazareth, sharing their hopes and struggles, therefore Christians should place a similar emphasis on being alongside people in need rather than hastening to impose solutions
  • Written by a respected priest and broadcaster and renowned Christian ethicist and preacher
  • Supported by historical, contemporary, exegetical and anecdotal illustrations
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Table of Contents

Prologue: The Most Important Word 1

Introduction: God Is With Us 7

1 Being With 11

2 A Nazareth Manifesto 20

Part I: Realignment 33

3 Reassessing the Human Predicament 35

4 Reconceiving the Divine Purpose 50

Part II: God is With Us 65

5 The Story of Jesus 67

6 The Stories of Jesus 86

7 Embodying the Story of Jesus 100

Part III: Being With 123

8 God Being With God 125

9 God Being With Us 147

10 Being With One Another in Nazareth 169

11 Being With One Another in Galilee 187

12 Being With One Another in Jerusalem 202

Part IV: Explorations 229

13 Th eological Ramifications 231

14 Social Embodiments 248

Part V: Implications 269

15 The Transcendence of Justice 271

16 The Transfiguration of Suffering 283

Epilogue: Magnificat 298

Acknowledgments 304

Afterword 305

Scriptural Index 311

Subject Index 314

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Author Information

Samuel Wells is the vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields and visiting professor of Christian ethics at King’s College London. He is a former dean of Duke University Chapel in North Carolina and has published more than 20 books, including Living Without Enemies: Being Present in the Midst of Violence (2012), Be Not Afraid: Facing Fear with Faith (2011), and Introducing Christian Ethics (Wiley, 2010 with Ben Quash).
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At the interface of critical academic reflection and faithful church theology, we have no better voice than that of Sam Wells. He invites us to rethink, from the ground up, our abiding temptation to condescending “help and service” to others. He compellingly renders a more excellent way toward the transformative “with.”
Walter Brueggemann, Columbia Theological Seminary

This is a well documented book which reveals how the essential of the message of Jesus helps us all to construct a more human society, based on true and faithful relationships. Not doing for but being with. Samuel Walls with his academic skills and his pastoral heart shows us how confused personalities can become human when there is a true and faithful relationship. Being with is healing. This is a book that should be read by many.
Jean Vanier

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