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Singleness and the Church By Jana Marguerite Bennett (Associate Professor of Theological Ethics, Associate Professor of Theological Ethics, University of Dayton)

Singleness and the Church
by Jana Marguerite Bennett (Associate Professor of Theological Ethics, Associate Professor of Theological Ethics, University of Dayton)

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Singleness is a much overlooked treasure in Christian tradition. In these pages, Christians (single and married alike) can rediscover the richness of singleness in its great variety. This book offers thought-provoking cultural and theological analysis, along with voices of single Christian people down through the centuries.
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Singleness and the Church: A New Theology of the Single Life by Jana Marguerite Bennett (Associate Professor of Theological Ethics, Associate Professor of Theological Ethics, University of Dayton)

Despite the fact that almost half of all Americans are single, singleness remains an often overlooked oddity in American culture and in Christian communities. Christians ought to be the people who most support singleness, given what scripture and tradition suggest, but this does not seem to be the case. In this exciting new work, Jana Marguerite Bennett examines a variety of usually forgotten models of singleness: the never-married, the casually uncommitted, the committed but unmarried, the same-sex attracted, the widowed, the divorced, and the single parent. Each chapter in Singleness and the Church takes one of these models and considers the cultural commentary, Christian debate, and a holy guide, a person who lived that way of being single, in order to offer a new perspective on singleness, the church, and what it means to be a single Christian disciple. In Singleness and the Church, Bennett provides a fresh new theology of single life, a starting point for restoring singleness, in all its amazing varieties, to its rightful place in Christian tradition.

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Readers seeking to engage with Christian ethics on the subject of marriage and singleness will find this an important resource, as will those desiring a study of singleness that interprets it broadly...Recommended. * CHOICE *
Singleness and the Church constructs a strong argument that the church's idolization of the family is hurting single people in all stages of life. As she attests, there is little written about singleness, but hopefully feminist theologians will take up her call to engage with the topic of singleness... Perhaps one day the church will be a place where singles in all stages of life will be celebrated, both literally and liturgically. Singleness and the Church is an important beginning step towards that goal. * Stephanie Townes, Reading Religion *
Singleness and the Church will be a valuable resource for pastoral ministry training. It will provoke ministers to notice occasions when they perpetuate unhelpful assumptions about single people or ignore their needs, untapped insights, and heroes. * Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society *

About Jana Marguerite Bennett (Associate Professor of Theological Ethics, Associate Professor of Theological Ethics, University of Dayton)


Jana Marguerite Bennett is Associate Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Dayton. She is also the author of Water is Thicker than Blood: An Augustinian Theology of Marriage and Singleness and blogs at catholicmoraltheology.com.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 - Loneliness: The Character of a Single Life? Chapter 2 - Choice: Never Married and Paul Chapter 3 - Desire: Uncommitted Relationships and Augustine Chapter 4 - Perfection: Committed Relationships and John Wesley Chapter 5 - Friendship: Same-Sex Attracted, Single, and Aelred of Rievaulx Chapter 6 - Proclamation: Widowhood and Elizabeth Ann Seton Chapter 7 - Grace: Divorce and Stanley Hauerwas Chapter 8 - Sufficiency: Single Parenting and Dorothy Day Conclusions

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Singleness and the Church: A New Theology of the Single Life by Jana Marguerite Bennett (Associate Professor of Theological Ethics, Associate Professor of Theological Ethics, University of Dayton)
Jana Marguerite Bennett (Associate Professor of Theological Ethics, Associate Professor of Theological Ethics, University of Dayton)
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Oxford University Press Inc
2017-10-12
288
0190462620
9780190462628
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