The Heart of Being Human

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Victor Lee Austin
  • Ada, MI: 
    Baker Academic
    , July
     192 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


In this vibrant theological reflection on the meaning of friendship, an experienced pastor and leading Christian ethicist argues that friendship is the medium through which God shares grace with his creatures. Victor Lee Austin locates friendship as the heart of God's intention in creating human beings and explains that to reestablish friendship--with each other and with God--is the purpose of Jesus's incarnation.

Mixing personal reflection and theological commentary, this book offers a fresh take on the meaning of friendship for the life of faith. Austin sets forth the classical view on friendship, which is attractive but limited, and shows how the gospel addresses the limitations of the classical view. He demonstrates how a robust theology of friendship addresses contemporary controversies in the areas of marriage, celibacy, and homosexuality, and he draws examples of the desire for true friendship from contemporary literature, such as the Harry Potter books, The Lord of the Rings, and Huckleberry Finn. Ultimately, Austin helps readers understand the strange yet real possibility of friendship with God.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Victor Lee Austin is an Episcopal priest, is theologian in residence for the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas and Church of the Incarnation in Dallas, Texas.



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