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Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics

Improvisation: The Drama of Christian Ethics

by Samuel Wells


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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 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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ISBN-13: 9781587430718
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2004
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Samuel Wells (PhD, University of Durham) is vicar of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican Church at Trafalgar Square in London. He previously served as dean of the chapel and research professor of Christian ethics at Duke University. He is the author of Transforming Fate into Destiny: The Theological Ethics of Stanley Hauerwas and coedited, with Stanley Hauerwas, The Blackwell Companion to Christian Ethics.

Table of Contents



1. Ethics as Theology
2. Theology as Narrative
3. Narrative as Drama
4. Drama as Improvisation


5. Forming Habits
6. Assessing Status
7. Accepting and Blocking
8. Questioning Givens
9. Incorporating Gifts
10. Reincorporating the Lost


11. A Threatening Offer:
Human Evil
12. A Threatening Offer:
Flawed Creation
13. A Promising Offer:
Perfectible Bodies
14. A Promising Offer:
Unlimited Food

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