David A. Sims's The Child in American Evangelicalism and the Problem of PDF

By David A. Sims

ISBN-10: 1556359578

ISBN-13: 9781556359576

This paintings provides an evangelical theology of the kid nurtured within the context of yankee evangelicalism and affluence. It employs an eclectic theological-critical strategy to produce a theological anthropology of the prosperous American-evangelical baby (AAEC) via interdisciplinary evangelical engagement of yankee background, sociology, and economics.
Sims articulates how affluence constitutes an important obstacle to evangelical nurture of the AAEC within the "discipline and guideline of the Lord." therefore, the matter he addresses is nurture in evangelical affluence, conceived as a theological-anthropological challenge. Nurture within the cultural matrices of the evangelical affluence generated through technological buyer capitalism within the U.S. impedes non secular and ethical formation of the AAEC for discipleship within the method of the move. This obstacle dangers disciplinary formation of the AAEC for capitalist tradition, cultivates delusional trust that existence is composed in an abundance of possessions, and hinders the perform of evangelical liberation of the negative on humanity's underside. the result's the AAEC's spiritual-moral "lack" in overdue modernity.
Chapter 1 introduces the matter of the AAEC. Chapters 2 and three supply a diachronic lens for the theological anthropology of the AAEC via severe evaluate of the theological anthropologies of the kid in Jonathan Edwards, Horace Bushnell, and Lawrence Richards. Chapters four and five represent the synchronic standpoint of the AAEC. bankruptcy four offers an evangelical sociology of the AAEC, drawing upon William Corsaro's conception of "interpretive reproductions," and bankruptcy five constructs an evangelical theology of the AAEC via severe interplay with John Schneider's ethical theology of affluence. bankruptcy 6, "Whither the AAEC?," concludes with a recapitulation of the paintings and a forecast of attainable futures for the AAEC within the twenty-first century.

"David Sims has provided us not just a neologism, "Affluent American-Evangelical baby" (Afflamec?), but in addition a strident research of ways this made of the Fifties has been ready via the age of twenty as a lamb to be slaughtered at the idol of the "spirit of democratic capitalism." With cautious research of the works of Jonathan Edwards, Horace Bushnell, and Lawrence Richards, modern sociologists, and key biblical passages and issues, the writer concludes that an idolatrous theology has emerged. it's powerful on person liberty as a lifestyle, and intensely susceptible on repentance, the pass, and the decision of Christ to obedience via expensive discipleship. it's a well timed prophetic wake-up within the culture of Bonhoeffer and Barth."
--Keith J. White
author of the expansion of Love

David Sims is the daddy of 8 American evangelical young ones (including a foster son) nurtured within the matrices of affluence generated by way of the inexorable introduction of technological patron capitalism within the usa in view that international battle II. He earned his PhD in 2006 on the collage of Durham in Durham, England. he's the Chair of Theological reviews and teaches systematic theology on the Anglican tuition of Ministry in Little Rock, Arkansas, and serves at the Board of Mentors for Peacemaker Ministries.

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