By Ephraim Radner
In A Time to Keep Ephraim Radner revalues mortality, reclaiming it as God’s personal. Mortality may still not be resisted but received. Radner unearths mortality’s precise nature as a present, God’s reward, and hence finds that the various boundaries that mortality imposes will be celebrated. Radner demonstrates how faithfulness—and now not resignation, get away, denial, redefinition, or excess—is the right kind reaction to the reward of humanity’s temporal problem. To reside rightly is to acknowledge after which willingly settle for life’s barriers.
In chapters on intercourse and sexuality, singleness and family members, schooling and vocation, and a panoply of finish of existence concerns, A Time to Keep plumbs the depths of the secular imagination, uncovering the constant struggle with human finitude in its myriad forms. Radner indicates that by wrongly positioning creaturely mortality, those components of human adventure have received an insufficient reckoning. A Time to Keep retrieves the main uncomplicated confession of the Christian religion, that existence is God’s, which Radner bargains as grace, as the foundation for a Christian knowing of human life sure by way of its beginning and telos. The possibility and purpose of what comes among beginning and death is ordered by the trend of Scripture, but is performed faithfully only in obedience to the limits that bind it.
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A Time to Keep: Theology, Mortality, and the Shape of a Human Life by Ephraim Radner