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 therefore finds that the numerous boundaries that mortality imposes might be celebrated. Radner demonstrates how faithfulness—and no longer resignation, get away, denial, redefinition, or excess—is the right kind reaction to the present of humanity’s temporal challenge. To reside rightly is to acknowledge after which willingly settle for life’s barriers.
In chapters on intercourse and sexuality, singleness and kinfolk, 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 exhibits that by wrongly positioning creaturely mortality, those elements of human adventure have received an insufficient reckoning. A Time to Keep retrieves the main easy confession of the Christian religion, that existence is God’s, which Radner bargains as grace, as the foundation for a Christian realizing of human life certain via its foundation and telos. The possibility and purpose of what comes among delivery and death is ordered by the development of Scripture, but is performed faithfully only in obedience to the limits that bind it.
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