Calling God "Father": Essays on the Bible, Fatherhood and Culture

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Controversial work revised and expanded It's been ten years since John Miller first presented his Biblical, psychological, and sociological analysis of why we need to call God "father." In that time, he says, there has been only more evidence of the devastating social and psychological consequences of fatherlessness. Feminists critics say the Bible is so hopelessly patriarchal it must be re-imagined, even abandoned entirely. As controversial as that is, Miller takes the equally controversial position that imaging God as father is a necessity for the improved status of women and children and the very health of civilization. Persuasive without being rancorous, Miller's book - - combines practical theological insights with recent findings from the social sciences to reveal the foundational relationship between human fatherhood and the fatherhood of God - addresses significant omissions and distortions in feminist critiques of Biblical patriarchy - shows how the Bible can foster a high culture of fathering and actually help men to "shape up" in their responsibilities.

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John W. Miller is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Conrad Grebel College, University of Waterloo, in Ontario, Canada. He was co-founder and co-chair of the Historical Jesus Section of the Society of Biblical Literature. His books include The Origins of the Bible, Rethinking Canon History, and Jesus at Thirty: A Psychological and Historical Portrait. Dr. Miller lives in Kitchener, Ontario.

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A very useful work, unfailingly interesting and well-written. -- Commonweal

An excellent interplay of ecclesiology, canon law and pastoral theology. -- Touchstone

Anyone open to hearing all sides of the question will want to read his book. -- The Catechist's Connection

Canon Law as Ministry is a refreshing approach to fundamental issues in canon law. -- --(Rev.) James H. Provost The O'Brien-O'Connor Professor of Canon Law, The Catholic University of America and Former President of the Canon Law Society of America

Coriden’s book is an outstanding interplay of ecclesiology, canon law and pastoral theology. -- Thomas F. O'Meara, O.P. author of Theology of Ministry

Readers seeking to understand the biblical arguments in support of God as 'Father' should find this a helpful resource. -- Conrad Grebel Review

This volume will be of interest to university course planners, synagogue and church members, pastors, priests and rabbis. -- Sheldon Rahn, Faculty of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

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