A Time to Keep Hardback

Theology, Mortality, and the Shape of a Human Life

by Ephraim Radner;

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A Time to Keep

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The miracle of birth and the mystery of death markhuman 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 notbe resisted butreceived. 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, andapanoply of end of life issues, A Time to Keep plumbs the depths of the secularimagination, uncovering the constantstrugglewith human finitudein its myriadforms. Radner shows thatby wrongly positioningcreaturely mortality, these parts of human experience havereceivedan 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, asthe basis for a Christian understanding of human existence bound by its origin and telos. Thepossibilityand purposeof what comes between birth and deathisorderedby the pattern of Scripture,but isperformed faithfully onlyin obedience to thelimits that bind it.

A Time to Keep by Ephraim Radner was published by Baylor University Press in July 2016. The ISBN for A Time to Keep is 9781481305068.

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Details for A Time to Keep

Page last updated 12th August 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBaylor University Press (July 2016)
Number of Pages304
Thickness33 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4456242
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