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Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places

A Conversation in Spiritual Theology

by Eugene H. Peterson

Christ Plays in Ten Thou­sand Places reunites spir­i­tu­al­i­ty and the­ol­o­gy in a cul­tur­al con­text where these two vital facets of Chris­t­ian faith have been rent asun­der. Lament­ing the vac­u­ous, often pagan nature of con­tem­po­rary Amer­i­can spir­i­tu­al­i­ty, Eugene Peter­son here firm­ly grounds spir­i­tu­al­i­ty once more in Trini­tar­i­an the­ol­o­gy and offers a clear, prac­ti­cal state­ment of what it means to actu­al­ly live out the Chris­t­ian life.

Writ­ing in the con­ver­sa­tion­al style that he is well known for, Peter­son bold­ly sweeps out the mis­un­der­stand­ings that clut­ter con­ver­sa­tions on spir­i­tu­al the­ol­o­gy and refur­nish­es the sub­ject only with what is essen­tial. As Peter­son shows, spir­i­tu­al the­ol­o­gy, in order to be at once bib­li­cal and mean­ing­ful, must remain sen­si­tive to ordi­nary life, present the Chris­t­ian gospel, fol­low the nar­ra­tive of Scrip­ture, and be root­ed in the fear of the Lord” — in short, spir­i­tu­al the­ol­o­gy must be about God and not about us.

The foun­da­tion­al book in a five-vol­ume series on spir­i­tu­al the­ol­o­gy emerg­ing from Peter­son­’s pen, Christ Plays in Ten Thou­sand Places pro­vides the con­cep­tu­al and direc­tion­al help we all need to live the Chris­t­ian gospel well and mature­ly in the con­di­tions that pre­vail in the church and world today.

2008

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