Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics (2020)

Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics Samuel Wells Improvisation The Drama of Christian Ethics In Improvisation Samuel Wells defines improvisation in the theater as a practice through which actors seek to develop trust in themselves and one another in order that they may conduct unscripted dra
  • Title: Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics
  • Author: Samuel Wells
  • ISBN: 9781587430718
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Paperback
Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics Samuel Wells In Improvisation, Samuel Wells defines improvisation in the theater as a practice through which actors seek to develop trust in themselves and one another in order that they may conduct unscripted dramas without fear Sounds a lot like life, doesn t it Building trust, overcoming fear, conducting relationships, and making choices all without a script.Wells establishes tIn Improvisation, Samuel Wells defines improvisation in the theater as a practice through which actors seek to develop trust in themselves and one another in order that they may conduct unscripted dramas without fear Sounds a lot like life, doesn t it Building trust, overcoming fear, conducting relationships, and making choices all without a script.Wells establishes theatrical improvisation as a model for Christian ethics, a matter of faithfully improvising on the Christian tradition He views the Bible not as a script but as a training school that shapes the habits and practices of the Christian community Drawing on scriptural narratives and church history, Wells explains six practices that characterize both improvisation and Christian ethics His model of improvisation reinforces the goal of Christian ethics to teach Christians to embody their faith in the practices of discipleship all the time.
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  1. Kathrzn Bahn

    Thoughtful clear work Lots of links between praxis and faith great metaphors for the drama teacher

  2. Ryan Linkous

    This book started off promising but got disappointing as it went on.I applaud Wells desire to create an ethic for the church and for his desire to help Christians improvise on certain issues.But I think it doesn t succeed for a number of reasons 1 I think it is strange to impose improvisation as an alien norm upon Christian ethics I understand that other ethical models may also be alien norms, and this creates a problem for them at points too I think improvisation can be helpful, just not norma [...]

  3. Mark Oppenlander

    This book is an approach to Christian ethics using theatrical improvisation as a lens by which to view them As both a Christian and an improviser, this book was a natural for me to pick up I have often told people that I think improv has much in common with faith, especially the mystical elements of the Christian tradition.However this book is very mixed I really wanted to like it and much of it was quite good If I were reviewing just the first half of it, I think I would be inclined to give it [...]

  4. Gary

    Wells presented some of this material at a gathering of the Ekklesia Project several years ago, and I then skimmed the book and put it away Picking it up again, I was reminded of the general themes, but I think the topics presented here might be better in a presentation workshop format Since Wells wants us to look at Christian Ethics with a perspective based on improvisation, working through some actual improvisation, or at the very least, seeing some, would give this added depth Still, it s a g [...]

  5. Jared

    I really liked a lot of the ideas presented in this book I really feel like the author is onto something I really just wish he had been willing to spell it out a little bit He did give two examples of his ethical beliefs in play, but even then it was not always clear what he thought the church should be doing He wanted to hint, and encourage then flat out proclaim Had he been bold in a few parts the book would have been better.

  6. David

    I wish Wells had done a little better at sorting through stories and models it feels a bit random in places But wow great stuff overall Really inviting models and practices of the Christian life, particularly the practice of overaccepting.

  7. Amy

    This book has some excellent food for thought but I found it difficult to get through I would have liked it much better if it were condensed into about 40 pages.

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