Forbearance : a theological ethic for a disagreeable church / James Calvin Davis.Material type: TextPublisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2017Copyright date: ©2017Description: xiv, 226 pages ; 24 cmContent type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780802875105; 0802875106Subject(s): Patience -- Religious aspects -- Christianity | Church controversies | Conflict management -- Religious aspects -- Christianity | Virtues | VirtueDDC classification: 241/.4 LOC classification: BV4647.P3 | D38 2017
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Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Forbearance and biblical character -- Humility -- Patience and hope -- Wisdom -- Faithfulness -- Friendship -- Truth -- Justice -- Forbearance as social witness.
What happens when we approach disagreements in our churches not as problems to solve but as opportunities to practice Christian virtue? In this book James Calvin Davis reclaims the biblical concept of forbearance to develop a theological ethic for faithful disagreement. Pointing to Ephesians and Colossians, in which Paul challenged his readers to bear with each other in spite of differences, Davis draws out a theologically grounded practice in which Christians work hard to maintain unity while still taking seriously matters on which they disagree. The practice of forbearance, Davis argues, offers Christians a dignified, graceful, and constructive way to deal with conflict. Forbearance can also strengthen the church's public witness, offering an antidote to the pervasive divisiveness present in contemporary culture. --