Singleness and the Church: A New Theology of the Single Life

ISBN : 9780190462628

Jana Marguerite Bennett
337 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Sep 2017
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Despite the fact that almost half of all Americans are single, singleness remains an often overlooked oddity in American culture and in Christian communities. Christians ought to be the people who most support singleness, given what scripture and tradition suggest, but this does not seem to be the case. In this exciting new work, Jana Marguerite Bennett examines a variety of usually forgotten models of singleness: the never-married, the casually uncommitted, the committed but unmarried, the same-sex attracted, the widowed, the divorced, and the single parent. Each chapter in Singleness and the Church takes one of these models and considers the cultural commentary, Christian debate, and a holy guide, a person who lived that way of being single, in order to offer a new perspective on singleness, the church, and what it means to be a single Christian disciple. In Singleness and the Church, Bennett provides a fresh new theology of single life, a starting point for restoring singleness, in all its amazing varieties, to its rightful place in Christian tradition.


Chapter 1 - Loneliness: The Character of a Single Life?
Chapter 2 - Choice: Never Married and Paul
Chapter 3 - Desire: Uncommitted Relationships and Augustine
Chapter 4 - Perfection: Committed Relationships and John Wesley
Chapter 5 - Friendship: Same-Sex Attracted, Single, and Aelred of Rievaulx
Chapter 6 - Proclamation: Widowhood and Elizabeth Ann Seton
Chapter 7 - Grace: Divorce and Stanley Hauerwas
Chapter 8 - Sufficiency: Single Parenting and Dorothy Day

About the author: 

Jana Marguerite Bennett is Associate Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Dayton. She is also the author of Water is Thicker than Blood: An Augustinian Theology of Marriage and Singleness and blogs at catholicmoraltheology.com.

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