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Risk of a Different Kind: “Risk-Sharing” Through Faith, Hope, and Love

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Part of the Palgrave Macmillan’s Content and Context in Theological Ethics book series (CCTE)

Abstract

Taking risks requires faith—faith that something good might come from the risk taken. For a communal ethic of “risk-sharing,” faithfulness is characterized not only by faith in God but also by faith in oneself and one’s neighbors. This is a type of faith that acts in concrete ways. In a communal ethic of “risk-sharing,” faith is “a way of living one’s life and of being responsible for the future of one’s sisters and brothers, conscious that history is not yet finished, that it must still be invented by everyone … This faith is rooted in the most immediate, most daily concerns.”3

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Risk Environment Christian Church Political Ethic Communal Ethic Personal Transformation 
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