Arthur Sutherland places before us our fear of meeting the other
and the stranger in an increasingly global, and frequently
dangerous, village. Various social, political, and historical
factors have conspired to leave us in a veritable crisis: the
decline of hospitality.
Why is this a crisis? Why should we practice hospitality? What
is it about Christian theology that compels us to think about
hospitality in the first place? Sutherland offers a passionate plea
to recover and rediscover hospitality, and to respond to the divine
appeal to welcome the stranger.
Therein lies the central concern of the book: that hospitality
is not simply the practice of a virtue but is integral to the very
nature of Christianity s position toward God, self, and the world
it is at the very center of what it means to be a Christian and to
think theologically. He offers a challenging definition of
hospitality and calls us to a practice that is "the" virtue by
which the church stands or falls.
Drawing on modern theologians (including Howard Thurman,
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Karl Barth, Martin Luther King Jr., and Letty
Russell) and considering American slavery, the Holocaust, feminism,
and prisons, Sutherland eloquently presents a Christian theology of
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