Beyond Homelessness: Christian Faith in a Culture of Displacement

Front Cover
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Jun 3, 2008 - House & Home - 361 pages
This book goes far beyond covering the subject of homelessness as the social problem we all recognize in our cities. Mass emigrations, displaced families, and human alienation from the earth all mark our times. In critiquing contemporary North American culture, Steven Bouma-Prediger and Brian Walsh discuss various forms of homelessness -- socioeconomic, ecological, and psycho-spiritual -- and creatively show how biblical attentiveness and Christian faith can heal the profound dislocations in our society.

Ending each of their chapters with a moving biblical meditation, the authors also interact throughout with characters and themes from current literature and popular culture -- from Salman Rushdie to Barbara Kingsolver, from the Wizard of Oz to Bruce Cockburn.
 

Contents

Theres No Place Like Home
1
BIBLICAL INTERLUDE
29
The Meaning of Home
38
BIBLICAL INTERLUDE
68
Socioeconomic Homelessness
76
BIBLICAL INTERLUDE
113
From Housing to Homemaking
121
BIBLICAL INTERLUDE
153
BIBLICAL INTERLUDE
190
Shalom and the Character of Earthkeeping
196
BIBLICAL INTERLUDE
230
Postmodern Homelessness
239
The Indwelling God and the Sojourning Community
271
Redemptive Homecoming
313
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2008)

Steve Bouma-Prediger is the Leonard and Marjorie Maas Professor of Reformed Theology at Hope College. He speaks regularly on environmental issues. Brian J. Walsh served as a campus minister and adjunct professor of theology at the University of Toronto. He farms at Russet House Farm in Ontario and serves on the board of his local homeless shelter.

Bibliographic information