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The grammar of Christian redemption cannot live
solely in the future tense. Despite confidence about the effects of Jesus’ resurrection in the present, Christians are tempted to depict salvation as a future accomplishment, rather than a present reality. No doubt this failing is well founded, for most Christians know all too well that the power of the past—particularly past suffering—shapes the present.  

But as Mindy Makant argues in The Practice of Story: Suffering and the Possibilities of Redemption, such reserve may cede too much to suffering and grant too little to redemption. Makant admits the horrors of suffering: that suffering damages and destroys, that past suffering renders
one unable to live in the present, and that profound suffering can make it altogether impossible to imagine a future.  

Yet in the very midst of this impossibility, Makant shows how suffering, even extreme and profound suffering, does not have the final word. God does. The story of suffering is not the defining narrative. Redemption
wields ultimate power to shape human identity. God has given the church gifts—specific ecclesial practices—necessary to bear witness to the story of God’s redemptive activity in the world. These practices constitute the practices of story. They re-order
the lives of Christians and make future redemption present despite the destructive power of the past.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction: The Suffering Self
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. 1. The Logic of Suffering
  2. pp. 7-30
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  1. 2. The Reality of Redemption
  2. pp. 31-46
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  1. 3. Narration: The Remembering Self
  2. pp. 47-76
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  1. 4. Embodiment: The Experiencing Self
  2. pp. 77-108
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  1. 5. Vocatio: The Anticipating Self
  2. pp. 109-142
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  1. Conclusion: The Redeeming Self
  2. pp. 143-146
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 147-216
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 217-232
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  1. Scripture Index
  2. pp. 233-234
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  1. Subject Index
  2. pp. 235-240
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781481300728
Related ISBN
9781481300704
MARC Record
OCLC
914245183
Pages
248
Launched on MUSE
2015-07-23
Language
English
Open Access
No
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