A Nazareth Manifesto is an eloquent and impassioned ecumenical proposal for re-envisioning Christianity s approach to social engagement away from working for the people to being with them. * Questions the effectiveness of the current trend of intervention as a means of fixing the problems of people in distressed and disadvantaged circumstances * Argues that Jesus spent 90% of his life simply being among the people of Nazareth, sharing their hopes and struggles, therefore Christians should place a similar emphasis on being alongside people in need rather than hastening to impose solutions * Written by a respected priest and broadcaster and renowned Christian ethicist and preacher * Supported by historical, contemporary, exegetical and anecdotal illustrations
Samuel Wells is the vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and Visiting Professor of Christian ethics at King s College, London. He is a former Dean of Duke University Chapel in North Carolina, USA, and has published more than 20 books, including Living Without Enemies: Being Present in the Midst of Violence (2012), Be Not Afraid: Facing Fear with Faith (2011), and Introducing Christian Ethics (with Ben Quash, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010).
Prologue: The Most Important Word 1 Introduction: God Is With Us 7 1 Being With 11 2 A Nazareth Manifesto 20 Part I: Realignment 33 3 Reassessing the Human Predicament 35 4 Reconceiving the Divine Purpose 50 Part II: God is With Us 65 5 The Story of Jesus 67 6 The Stories of Jesus 86 7 Embodying the Story of Jesus 100 Part III: Being With 123 8 God Being With God 125 9 God Being With Us 147 10 Being With One Another in Nazareth 169 11 Being With One Another in Galilee 187 12 Being With One Another in Jerusalem 202 Part IV: Explorations 229 13 Th eological Ramifications 231 14 Social Embodiments 248 Part V: Implications 269 15 The Transcendence of Justice 271 16 The Transfiguration of Suffering 283 Epilogue: Magnificat 298 Acknowledgments 304 Afterword 305 Scriptural Index 311 Subject Index 314