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God's Companions: Reimagining Christian Ethics

God's Companions: Reimagining Christian Ethics

Samuel Wells

ISBN: 978-1-405-12014-2

Jun 2006, Wiley-Blackwell

240 pages

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We are pleased to annouce that God’s Companions by Samuel Wells has been shortlisted for the 2007 Michael Ramsey Prize for theological writing.

Grounded in Samuel Wells’ experience of ordinary lives in poorer neighborhoods, this book presents a striking and imaginative approach to Christian ethics. It argues that Christian ethics is founded on God, on the practices of human community, and on worship, and that ethics is fundamentally a reflection of God's abundance.

Wells synthesizes dogmatic, liturgical, ethical, scriptural, and pastoral approaches to theology in order to make a bold claim for the centrality of the local church in theological reflection. He considers the abundance of gifts God gives through the practices of the Church, particularly the Eucharist. His central thesis, which governs his argument throughout, is that God gives his people everything they need to worship him, be his friends, and eat with him. Wells engages with serious scholarly material, yet sets out the issues lucidly for a student audience.

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Part I: The Body of Christ as Jesus.

1. Yesterday.

2. Forever.

3. Today.

Part II: The Body of Christ as the Church.

4. Forming.

5. Incorporating.

6. Performing.

7. Restoring.

Part III: The Body of Christ as the Eucharist.

8. Meeting.

9. Hearing.

10. Responding.

11. Sharing.

12. Going.

Works Cited.


"This is a truly outstanding work on ethics … A treasure trove of insights and wisdom." (Pacific Journal of Baptist Research, 2007)

“Wells moves seamlessly from exposition of scripture to stories of ordinary lives”
(Christian Century)

"I found the book to be a rich feast of sharp insights, pastoral wisdom and refreshing exposition. I am glad to find that one of Gods companions and hence ours is Sam Wells." (Crucible)

"Wells himself presents a compelling account of how Christian ethics is shapes by the practises of the church."
(Theological Book Review)

  • This revolutionary book presents a new approach to Christian ethics.
  • Grounded in the author’s extensive experience of parish ministry in poorer neighbourhoods.
  • Makes a bold claim for the centrality of the local church in theological reflection.
  • Synthesises dogmatic, liturgical, ethical, practical, scriptural, and pastoral approaches to theology.
  • Engages with serious scholarly material but also lays out the issues clearly for a student audience.