The Good Works Reader

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 16 jul. 2007 - 360 pagina's

Often claimed as one of the sparks that ignited the Reformation, the place of “works” in the Christian life continues to be hotly debated. In this helpful volume, distinguished theologian Thomas Oden draws together Christian teaching on this subject from across the centuries to provide a comprehensive witness on this essential topic.M

The Good Works Reader seeks to make faith active in love. To complete this task, Oden listens to the timeless teaching of the patristic writers, the theologians who defined orthodoxy in the first five centuries after Christ. His listening extends not only to the well-known fathers such as Augustine, Irenaeus, and Eusebius, but also to lesser-known yet no less important fathers such as Oecumenius, Pseudo-Basil, and Peter Chrysologus. Oden presents a side-by-side collection of the fathers' teaching on treatment of the poor, the outcast, and the imprisoned, as well as an extensive discussion of the necessity of practical action.

The second volume in Oden's Classic Christian Readers set, The Good Works Reader will serve as an essential resource for Christians from all traditions who seek to balance the ancient tension between faith and works in their own lives.

 

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Inhoudsopgave

5 Carry the Mat That Carried You
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7 The Healing Community
177
You Were as My Eyes
179
3 His Touch Gave Sight
180
The Demoniac Set Free
182
2 The Grace of Speech
183
3 The Isolated World of the Blind and Dumb Demoniac
184
5 With Demons Cast Out Tongues Were Loosed
185

6 CrossCultural Wisdom
9
7 On the Genre of the Reader
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9 The Usefulness of Careful Selection
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2 A Modest Inductive Approach to an Alleged Consensus
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4 The Consenting Community
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5 The Ancient Ecumenical Consensus and the Hunger for Unity
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6 The Spirits Guidance through Persecution
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8 The Reformers as Models of Patristic Learning
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D The Ancient Christian Writers on Good Works
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2 Premature Dismissals by the Religious Right and Left
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3 The Proximate Unity of the First Five Centuries Compared with the Radical Disunity of the Last Five
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4 The Mothers
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2 The Fathers Deep Immersion in the Written Word
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3 The Same Patrimony
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5 Believers Seek Integration
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7 The Reference System
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8 Looking Ahead
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THE POOR
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2 Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit
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3 Does God Prefer the Poor?
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4 The Poor Have Responsibilities
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6 Penury as Such Not Commended
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7 Why the Poor Are More Likely to Be Rich in Faith
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B Inherit the Kingdom Prepared for You from the Foundation of the World
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2 The Incarnate Lord Though Rich Became Poor for Us
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3 The Poor at Gods EndTime Banquet
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4 Look Who Came to the Wedding
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C Where Your Treasure Is
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2 Give to the Poor That You May Be Truly Rich
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3 Storing Up
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4 Relief of Suffering Not Based on Merit
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5 Why Alms?
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6 Do Not Reinforce Slothfulness by Rewarding It
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D The Law and the Poor
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2 The Jubilee
48
3 Time and Atonement
50
E The Rich Man and Lazarus
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2 The Unbridgeable Distance to Abrahams Bosom
52
3 The Invisibility of the Poor
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4 Consider the Poor
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F Relief for the Needy
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2 Actively Seeking Out the Needy
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3 Prioritizing Services according to Need
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4 Quit Making Excuses
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5 Remember the Saints
60
G The Fatherless
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3 Without a Father
62
4 Without Inheritance
63
H Protecting the Widow
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2 The Law and the Widow
65
4 The Widow in the New Testament Church
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5 The Familys Duty in Protecting the Widow
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1 The True Widow
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2 The Widows Prayer for Others
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3 The Widows Hospitality
70
4 The Disposition of Giving Seen in the Widows Gift
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5 Giving Freely Offering All
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6 The Disposition of Good Will in Giving
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7 Having Nothing Possessing All
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Feeding Quenching Welcoming Clothing Relieving and Visiting
75
1 The Revelation of the Last Day
76
2 Our Own Choices Affect Our Eternal Destiny
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4 Without Excuse
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5 The Hungering Thirsting Shivering Homelessness Infirmity and Imprisonment of God the Son
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6 Summing Up the Poverty Motif
82
FOOD AND HOSPITALITY
83
1 Feeding as the First Good Work
84
3 Christ Fed the Hungry The Gospel Was Proclaimed through Food Offered
85
4 God Feeds All Humanity
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B The Bread of Life
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2 Gods Word as Manna
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3 True Bread
90
4 Bread Not for Acquisition
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5 According to Need
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6 Why Divine Creation Permits Famine and Drought
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7 How Misdeeds Cause Hunger
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9 Daily We Pray for Bread for That Day
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10 Daily Bread and the Eucharist
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C Not by Bread Alone
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2 How the Oneness of the Loaf of Bread Signifies the Oneness of the People
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3 The Bread Must Be Broken
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4 Christ Known in the Breaking of Bread
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5 The Bread of the Word Is to Be Eaten
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You Gave Me to Drink
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2 Giving the Thirsty a Cup of Cold Water
103
Offering Water
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4 The Water of Life
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E At Table with the Lord
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3 The Incarnate Lord Understood Hunger and Thirst
109
You Welcomed Me
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Receive the Lord in Your Meeting with the Stranger
112
4 The Incarnate Lord Willingly Depended on the Hospitality of Others
113
6 Aliens Strangers and Pilgrims
114
7 Whether Hospitality Depends upon the Worthiness of the Visitors Motives
115
8 The Ministry of Hospitality
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G Biblical Models of Hospitality
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3 Icons of Hospitality
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5 The Plight of the Traveler
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6 Lots Hospitality
122
7 Entertaining Angels Unawares
123
8 Rebekah as an Icon of Hospitality
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9 So?
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3 The Glory of Nakedness in the Original State Now Fallen
127
4 While the Fallen Adam Needed Clothing the Ascended Lord Did Not
129
6 Caring for the Body in Proper Balance without Anxiety
131
Consider the Lilies
132
8 Toward Modesty
134
9The Icon of John the Baptist
135
10 So What Does This All Mean?
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You Took Me In
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2 Doing Good for the Refugee
139
The Flight to Egypt
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5 What Does Jesus Flight from Death Teach about Ministry to Refugees?
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He Had No Place to Lay His Head
143
2 Manger Born
144
3 Swaddling Clothes
145
4 So What Does This All Mean?
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1 The Good Work of Visiting the Sick
147
2 The Pattern
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5 Simply Being Present Where Suffering Exists
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7 The DoctorPatient Relationship
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8 How the Prayer of the Righteous Is Made Effective
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9 The Righteous SufferBut Why?
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10 In Sickness the Whole Person Is Sick
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11 Every Disease?
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12 They Brought Him All Who Were Sick
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13 Continuing an Apostolic Ministry
158
14 Summing Up the Enabling Motif
159
REACHING OUT FOR THE OUTCAST
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To the Ends of the Earth
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3 The Pattern
163
1 Touching the Untouchable
164
2 Including the Outcast
165
Enabling the Deaf to Hear
166
1 Embracing the Dysfunctional
167
3 Do Not Add Even More Woes to Those Who Cannot Hear
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4 Opening the Ears
169
5 The Word Is for Hearing
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C Enabling the Disabled
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2 Withered Minds
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3 Faultfinding Does Not Help the Disabled
174
Use Your Restored Limb to Help Restore Others Limbs
175
F Binding Up Demonic Powers
187
2 Why the Demons Were First to Recognize the Messiah
188
3 Exorcising the Demons of Compulsive Behavior
189
G Uprooting Addictions
193
1 The Dilemma of Addictive Behaviors
194
3 Confronting Addiction
196
4 SelfConstraint over the God of the Belly
197
THE IMPRISONED AND THE PERSECUTED
201
A Visiting Those in Prison You Came to Me
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2 As If in Prison with Them
203
3 Bought with a Price
204
4 Paul Wrote from Prison
205
6 The Ambassador in Chains
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7 Listening to Pauls Chains
207
8 Confident Witness amid Imprisonment
208
9 Faithful Women Too Suffered Imprisonment
209
B Witnessing in Prison
210
2 Joseph Was Happier Being Righteously in Prison Than Free Lacking Righteousness
212
3 Joseph as a Type of Christ
213
4 The Imprisonment of John the Baptist
214
5 Jesus in Dying Preached to the Imprisoned Souls
215
6 Ransom from Bondage
217
The Martyrs Gift
218
2 The Icons of the Persecuted
219
4 The Wicked Serve the Good without Being Aware of It
220
5 A Larger Justice Hidden in Injustice
221
6 You Are Blessed When Falsely Reviled for Christs Sake
222
7The Spirit Will Help You Speak the Truth
223
8 Endurance
224
9 Do Not Seek Persecution
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D Blessing Persecutors
227
2 Bless Your Persecutors
229
4 Sheep among Wolves
230
5 The Evil Depths of Human Freedom
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E Absorbing Hatred
233
2 The Enemy Within
234
3 Persecution Visited upon Early Christians from All Sides
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4 Stand Firm
237
5 To the End
238
6 What We Learn from the Mustard Seed
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F Nothing Can Separate Us
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2 The Greatness of Gods Power Revealed in Trials
241
3 All Historic Contingencies Are Viewed in EndTime Perspective
242
4 All Believers Share in the Suffering of Each
244
6 Join the Battle
245
7 Let Your Forbearance Be Known
246
8 Summing Up the Forbearing Motif
247
THE LEAST OF THESE
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A The Child
250
2 Who Is the Greatest?
251
3 What Children Know That Adults Have Tended to Forget
252
4 Learning Guilelessness
253
5 Relearning Lowliness
255
1 Jesus Chose the Least of the Unlettered to Accomplish His Mission
256
2 Providence Works through Limitations
258
3 The Greater Value of Lesser Things
259
4 The Body Needs Hands and Feet
260
5 The Day of Small Things
261
6 The Foolishness of God
262
7 Searching for the Lost Sheep
263
C Works of Mercy
264
2 Show Mercy as You Have Received Mercy
265
3 The Faithful Are Brought into the Sphere of Gods Mercy by Themselves Becoming Agents of Mercy
266
4 Following the Way of Gods Mercy
267
5 Giving and Forgiving
268
6 Mercy Bears Its Fruit in Good Works
269
7 Showing Mercy
270
1 Be Wise as Serpents Harmless as Doves
271
2 Be Gentle Like a Dove
272
3 Restore the Brother in a Spirit of Gentleness
274
4 The Daily Practice of Kindness
275
E Put Away Bitterness
276
2 Relieving Burdens
277
F Learning Empathy with the Sufferer
279
2 Gods Empathy with Human Suffering
280
3 Crying Out to God from the Heart
281
4 Do Not Close Your Heart
282
5 Jesus Identification with Outsiders
283
6 His Sweat
284
7 His Death Shows the Full Extent of His Empathic Compassion for Sinners
285
8God Made Him to Be Sin for Us
286
9 Summing Up the Nurturing Motif
287
PHILANTHROPY
289
2 Excessive Luxury Makes One Dead While Still Alive
291
3 The Difficulty of the Rich Entering the Kingdom
292
4 Riches Are Not Evil as Such but a Temptation to Evil
293
5 The Rich Not Excluded from Gods Mercy
294
6 The Transformation of Zacchaeus
295
7 Becoming Rich toward God
297
B The Stewardship of Wealth
298
2 The Pattern
299
3 Philanthropy
300
4 Treasures on Earth
301
5 Avoid Unfair Acquisition
302
6 Psychological Evasions of Covetousness
304
C The Love of Money
306
2 The Souls of the Greedy
307
3 The Fleeting Nature of Riches
309
5 By Desiring More Pride Becomes Less
310
6 Money and the Love of Money
311
7 What Needs to Be Guarded
312
D Cheerful Giving
313
2 The Poor in Jerusalem
314
3 Paul Pled for Generosity on Behalf of the Poor
315
4 The Cheerful Heart
316
Depart from Me
317
2 Judgment Mitigated by Compassion
318
3 Summing Up the Stewardship Motif
319
DEEDS NOT WORDS
321
2 The Single Intention of a Good Work
322
3 Deeds Not Words
323
4 Offering Food and Clothing for the Body Are Elementary Tests of the Readiness of Faith to Serve
324
B The Timing of Good Works
325
2 Be Ready for an Immediate Response
326
Attentive Empathy
327
4 The Temporal Deed of Mercy Is Accountable in Relation to Eternity
328
C Grace Works through Faith Active in Love
329
2 What Law Requires Grace Enables
330
3 Faith Lives by Participating in Gods Righteousness
331
4 Faith Is Made Stronger Not Weaker through Works of Love
333
1 Faith Works through Love
334
2 Whether Genuine Faith Can Be without Any Works
335
4 Active Faith Lives through Good Works
336
5 The Supposed Faith of Demons
337
6 The Johannine Integration of Faith and Works
339
8 Defining Good Works
340
9 Gods Own Good Work on Behalf of Fallen Humanity
341
10 Gods Good Work in Creation
342
11 Faith and Works
343
E Reconciling James and Paul
344
2 Distinguishing Faith before and after Baptism
346
3 Abraham and Isaac Anticipate Christ
347
4 The Abraham Narrative Resolves the Apparent Discrepancy
348
5 Remembering Rahab
350
F Faith Bears Fruit
351
2 Do Good Quietly
353
3 Good Works Are Beheld by God
354
4 Summing Up the FruitBearing Motif
355
G Summary Review of Classic Christian Teaching on Good Works
356
2 Reprise
357
H Conclusion
359
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Thomas C. Oden (1931-2016) was Henry Anson Buttz Professor Emeritus of Theology at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey. The author of some forty books, he was also general editor of the multivolume Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture.

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