The Resource A time to keep : theology, mortality, and the shape of a human life, Ephraim Radner

A time to keep : theology, mortality, and the shape of a human life, Ephraim Radner

Label
A time to keep : theology, mortality, and the shape of a human life
Title
A time to keep
Title remainder
theology, mortality, and the shape of a human life
Statement of responsibility
Ephraim Radner
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
The miracle of birth and the mystery of death mark human life. Mortality, like a dark specter, looms over all that lies in between. Human character, behavior, aims, and community are all inescapably shaped by this certainty of human ends. Mortality, like an unwanted guest, intrudes, becoming a burden and a constant struggle. Mortality, like a thief who steals, even threatens the ability to live life rightly. Life is short. Death is certain. Mortality, at all costs, should be resisted or transcended. In A Time to Keep Ephraim Radner revalues mortality, reclaiming it as God's own. Mortality should not be resisted but received. Radner reveals mortality's true nature as a gift, God's gift, and thus reveals that the many limitations that mortality imposes should be celebrated. Radner demonstrates how faithfulness -- and not resignation, escape, denial, redefinition, or excess -- is the proper response to the gift of humanity's temporal limitation. To live rightly is to recognize and then willingly accept life's limitations. In chapters on sex and sexuality, singleness and family, education and vocation, and a panoply of end of life issues, A Time to Keep plumbs the depths of the secular imagination, uncovering the constant struggle with human finitude in its myriad forms. Radner shows that by wrongly positioning creaturely mortality, these parts of human experience have received an inadequate reckoning. A Time to Keep retrieves the most basic confession of the Christian faith, that life is God's, which Radner offers as grace, as the basis for a Christian understanding of human existence bound by its origin and telos. The possibility and purpose of what comes between birth and death is ordered by the pattern of Scripture, but is performed faithfully only in obedience to the limits that bind it
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
233
Index
index present
LC call number
BT701.3
LC item number
.R33 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
A time to keep : theology, mortality, and the shape of a human life, Ephraim Radner
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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  • RICHMOND
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Clocks, skins, and mortality -- How life is measured -- Death and filiation -- The arc of life -- The vocation of singleness -- Working and eating
Control code
000403797
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xiii, 290 pages
Isbn
9781481305068
Lccn
2015049301
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
u271145
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 000403797
  • (OCoLC)944957368

Library Locations

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      3401 Brook Road, Richmond, VA, 23227, US
      37.5789301 -77.4492905
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