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Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing; 2 edition (January 24, 2011)
Publication Date: January 24, 2011
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While he tended to be a bit more academic in his approach, I found this book fascinating and extremely helpful in navigating this issue.Much of the beginning part of the book spends time discussing in intricate detail the issues of "being" and "having" as part of beinghuman. Some, perhaps obvious, but nevertheless important points he made were that having is a necessary condition of being and subsequent to that, having is not the problem, rather how we use our possessions is the key.He also placed a lot of emphasis on discernment rather than a strictly defined system or "community of goods." He also went to great lengths to emphasize that selling all our possessions and giving them to the poor or having a community pool of all our goods is not the standard that scripture puts forth.In a nutshell he argues that possessions are necessary as a part of being human and there is nothing wrong with that. Discernment based on a thoughtful approach to each situation guided by the Holy Spirit is what is needed in correctly using our possessions. Overall, a wonderful book and highly recommended.
This is a classic on understanding stewardship of God's world. How do we understand our possessions in relation to God. A must read.
Although one of his earliest books, I found this a very thoughtful look at one of the basic tenents of early Christianity, though as Johnson points out, what we know for certain about early Christian practice is very sketchy, so there is the need for this kind of book from a man so well versed in the scriptures and with such a wide=ranging mind.
This book goes much deeper than its title suggests. It's central point is to show what idolatry is. Once we understand the reality of idolatry we can then understand that the utopian idea of possessions in common does not exclude idolatrous adaptations. So we are left with what we had to face all along: we must discern the proper use of self and possessions in response to life as it unfolds.
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