Living at the Crossroads

Living at the Crossroads first lays out a brief summary of the biblical story and the most fundamental beliefs of Scripture. The book then tells the story of Western culture from the classical period to postmodernity.

Author: Michael W. Goheen

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 9780801031403

Category: Religion

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A general introduction to Christian worldview.

Systematic Theology

A biblical, clear, cogent, accessible, comprehensive, and practical summary of Christian belief by one of the most important and original American theologians of the last hundred years.

Author: John M. Frame

Publisher: P & R Publishing

ISBN: 1596382171

Category: Religion

Page: 1219

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A biblical, clear, cogent, accessible, comprehensive, and practical summary of Christian belief by one of the most important and original American theologians of the last hundred years.

An Introduction to Christian Spirituality

The purpose of this book is to examine the principles behind this tradition, and to see how they can offer a new way forward in the search for a true, personal and dynamic 'spirituality' for today.

Author: Ralph Waller

Publisher: Society for Promoting Christian

ISBN: UOM:39015042926470

Category: Religion

Page: 148

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'Spirituality' seems to have become a word loose enough to include any way of making yourself feel better - including the zodiac, the tarot, or simple techniques for relaxation. There is, however, an older and less trivial meaning to the word, in which it stands for 'life in the spirit', and which has a history as long as Christianity itself. The purpose of this book is to examine the principles behind this tradition, and to see how they can offer a new way forward in the search for a true, personal and dynamic 'spirituality' for today.

The Dove and the Rose Seekers Book 1

Swirling tides of emerging religious, political, cultural, and personal independence clash in this excellent first book in THE SEEKERS.

Author: Ethel Herr

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 9781441262516

Category: Fiction

Page: 336

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Historical Fiction Series From a Fascinating Era Caught in the sweeping changes connected with the European Reformation and Renaissance, sixteenth-century Holland under the reluctant leadership of William of Orange rebelled against the strong control of Spain's King Philip. The war that ensued to squelch the rebellion and exterminate religious heresy at any cost sets the background for Ethel Herr's compelling series, THE SEEKERS. In The Dove and the Rose, two young people are wrenched apart by the struggles of their parents. Pieter-Lucas is banished from his home for refusing to abide by his father's commitment to the Beggars, an extreme wing of Calvinism. Aletta Engelshofen is not allowed by her father to see Pieter for fear of any association with the Beggars. While they meet in secret, Aletta promises her love to Pieter and that she will wait for him until the trouble passes. Swirling tides of emerging religious, political, cultural, and personal independence clash in this excellent first book in THE SEEKERS.

The Christian Liturgical Papyri An Introduction

She reveals how liturgical texts were written down and transmitted and locates these important manuscripts in the book culture of late antique Egypt.

Author: Ágnes T. Mihálykó

Publisher: Mohr Siebeck

ISBN: 9783161557866

Category: Religion

Page: 466

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Liturgical papyri are prime witnesses to the history of liturgy and the religious and theological currents in late antique Egypt. These items from the third to ninth century preserve hundreds of Greek and Coptic hymns, prayers, and acclamations, most otherwise unknown but some still recited by the Coptic Church. Agnes T. Mihalyko offers the first extensive introduction to the liturgical papyri, facilitating the reader's access to them with a detailed inventory of edited manuscripts and an extensive discussion of their date and provenance. She also examines liturgical papyri as the first preserved liturgical manuscripts, describing their material features, the ways they were used, the early history of the liturgical books, and their languages. She reveals how liturgical texts were written down and transmitted and locates these important manuscripts in the book culture of late antique Egypt.

The Bible s Writings

These books form the third section of the Hebrew Bible--the Writings/Ketuvim. Features: Introduction to the Bible; Introduction to the Writings; Women's Voices Today; Women's Voices Then; and Women's Voices: A Cautionary Note.

Author: David J. Zucker

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781620327388

Category: Religion

Page: 248

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The Bible's Writings: An Introduction for Christians and Jews introduces the reader to the world of Psalms, Proverbs, Job, The Song of Songs, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and 1 and 2 Chronicles. These books form the third section of the Hebrew Bible--the Writings/Ketuvim. Features: Introduction to the Bible; Introduction to the Writings; Women's Voices Today; Women's Voices Then; and Women's Voices: A Cautionary Note. Each chapter covers one particular biblical book. Chapter divisions:

The New Testament

New to this edition: * Coverage of new discoveries--including the Gospel of Judas Iscariot--and of recent advances in scholarship * A revised discussion of the history of Palestine and Judaism, which now appears much earlier in the book ...

Author: Bart D. Ehrman

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0195322592

Category: Religion

Page: 527

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Featuring vibrant full color throughout, this new edition of Bart Ehrman's highly successful introduction approaches the New Testament from a consistently historical and comparative perspective, emphasizing the rich diversity of the earliest Christian literature. Rather than shying away from the critical problems presented by these books, Ehrman addresses the historical and literary challenges they pose, showing why scholars continue to argue over such significant issues as how the books of the New Testament came into being, when they were written (and by whom), what they mean, how they relate to contemporary Christian and non-Christian literature, and how they came to be collected into the canon of scripture that we now call the New Testament. Distinctive to this study is its unique focus on the historical, literary, and religious milieux of the Greco-Roman world, including early Judaism. As part of its historical orientation, the book also discusses works by other Christian writers who were roughly contemporary with the New Testament, such as the Gospel of Thomas, the Apocalypse of Peter, and the letters of Ignatius. The text is enhanced by maps, timelines, an extensive text box program, and more than one hundred photos. An accompanying Instructor's Manual contains chapter summaries, discussion questions, and a test bank. An updated Website Study Guide provides chapter summaries, glossary terms, and self-quizzes for students. New to this edition: * Coverage of new discoveries--including the Gospel of Judas Iscariot--and of recent advances in scholarship * A revised discussion of the history of Palestine and Judaism, which now appears much earlier in the book (Chapter 3), thereby providing students with more background on the development of early Christianity at the outset of their studies * A new photo essay on important Greek manuscripts of the New Testament, ten new text boxes, a revised epilogue, and updated suggestions for further reading * An expanded glossary featuring more than 200 key terms, which are also listed at the end of each chapter in which they appear * Key terms appear in boldface type the first time they are used in each chapter * Vivid full color throughout Ideal for undergraduate and seminary classes in the New Testament, Biblical Studies, and Christian Origins, The New Testament: A Historical Introduction to the Early Christian Writings, Fourth Edition, encourages students to carefully consider the historical issues surrounding these writings.

Christian Mysticism

This book introduces students to Christian mysticism and modern critical responses to it.

Author: Louise Nelstrop

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317166696

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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This book introduces students to Christian mysticism and modern critical responses to it. Christianity has a rich tradition of mystical theology that first emerged in the writings of the early church fathers, and flourished during the Middle Ages. Today Christian mysticism is increasingly recognised as an important Christian heritage relevant to today's spiritual seekers. The book sets out to provide students and other interested readers with access to the main theoretical approaches to Christian mysticism - including those propounded by William James, Steven Katz, Bernard McGinn, Michael Sells, Denys Turner and Caroline Walker-Bynum. It also explores postmodern re-readings of Christian mysticism by authors such as Jacques Derrida, Jean-Luc Marion and Jean-François Lyotard. The book first introduces students to the main themes that underpin Christian mysticism. It then reflects on how modern critics have understood each of them, demonstrating that stark delineation between the different theoretical approaches eventually collapses under the weight of the complex interaction between experience and knowledge that lies at the heart of Christian mysticism. In doing so, the book presents a deliberate challenge to a strictly perennialist reading of Christian mysticism. Anyone even remotely familiar with Christian mysticism will know that renewed interest in Christian mystical writers has created a huge array of scholarship with which students of mysticism need to familiarise themselves. This book outlines the various modern theoretical approaches in a manner easily accessible to a reader with little or no previous knowledge of this area, and offers a philosophical/theological introduction to Christian mystical writers beyond the patristic period important for the Latin Western Tradition.

Introduction to the History of Christianity

LITERATURE When we consider the relationship of Christianity with literature – poetry, fiction, essays, and drama – some of the same questions come up. For the first few centuries of Christianity, most Christian writing was in the form ...

Author: Timothy Dowley

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 9781506446035

Category: Religion

Page: 620

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Now in its third edition, Tim Dowley's masterful one-volume survey of church history has an updated design and new content, particularly in the section covering most recent Christian history. The inviting full-color format includes many new images and updated maps, while maintaining many of the features that made the second edition a popular volume for the classroom. Dowley has assembled a global cast of respected scholars to write the full story of the rise of the Christian faith and to provide a rounded picture of the worldwide development of Christianity. The volume has been praised as accurate, scholarly, and balanced. Its writers are committed to Christianity but also to the unhindered pursuit of truth that does not avoid the darker aspects of the varied story of Christianity. The accessible text is supported by detailed timelines, maps, profiles of key figures in Christianity, colorful images, and a complete glossary. Each section includes questions for discussion.

James An Introduction and Study Guide

Douglas Moo posits that 'James is reacting to a misunderstood Paulinism' (2000: 19), that is, James was writing a response to ... one particular reading of Paul which unduly sets him apart from other early Christian writers' (1996: 61).

Author: Margaret Aymer

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350008854

Category: Religion

Page: 112

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In this guide Margaret Aymer introduces the letter of James, countering arguments that it is of limited theological value and significance for early Christianity. Aymer focuses on James' theology of God's divine singularity and immutability, and of God's relationship to the community as father and benefactor. These are theological foundations for its emphasis on community actions of belief, humility and mutual care. Aymer introduces and examines the letter's stand against empire, not least in regard to wealth. Divine power is envisioned as an alternative power to that of the Romans, though in some respects it can seem equally brutal. Aymer concludes by focusing on those addressed by James's homily, the exiles in diaspora. Engaging the psychology of migration, she unpacks the migrant strategy underlying James's call to living 'unstained'. Finally, Aymer encourages student to ask what it might mean now for twenty-first-century people to take seriously a separatist migrant discourse not only as an interesting ancient writing but as a scripture, a lens through which its readers can glimpse the possibilities for how lives are to be lived, and how contemporary worlds can be interpreted and engaged?

Classical Readings in Christian Apologetics A D 100 1800

This volume is a collection of selected readings that are of continuing significance for Christian apologetics.

Author: L. Russ Bush

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 031045641X

Category: Religion

Page: 386

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This volume is a collection of selected readings that are of continuing significance for Christian apologetics. Dr. Bush has written a general introduction to the field of apologetics and an introduction to each apologist cited and the work or works from which selections have been drawn. A brief bibliography is also given for each writer. Christians have always been called on to defend their beliefs- certainly no less today than at any other time in history. In this book the outstanding apologists of previous centuries become models, both in the content of their writing and in their methodology, for Christians today. All those who love the Lord and His church and are concerned that many be made aware of the reasonableness of the Christian faith will find this book enlightening and exciting.

An Introduction to German Pietism

... the religious dimension of his work and recognizes that Paracelsus was as much a social and religious controversialist as he was a medical controversialist.48 The gradual publication of critical editions of his religious writing ...

Author: Douglas H. Shantz

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9781421408804

Category: Religion

Page: 520

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The book includes appendices with translations of German primary sources and discussion questions.

Happiness and the Christian Moral Life

An Introduction to Christian Ethics Paul J. Wadell. " Patristic Social Consciousness — the Church and the Poor , " William J. Walsh and John P. Langan show that a consistent theme of the earliest Christian writings was the dangers of ...

Author: Paul J. Wadell

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0742551792

Category: Religion

Page: 257

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"A Sheed & Ward book." Includes bibliographical references and index. Finding a path for life : the quest for goodness and happiness -- Not going it alone : friendship and community in the Christian moral life -- Facing shipwreck and bandits : virtues and the quest for happiness -- Every person's truth : made in the image of God, called to do the work of God -- Freedom : exploring a dangerous topic -- False steps on the path to happiness : losing our way and finding it back -- Finding a story worth handing on : narrative and the moral life -- Doing what the good requires : conscience and prudence in the moral life -- The gift that makes all gifts possible : learning the language of love -- Reimagining the world : why the happiness of one demands justice for all.

And God Said What

Explains literary forms used in Scripture -- myth, gospel, parable, allegory, letter, and others -- and shows how this knowledge is important in interpreting the Bible.

Author: Margaret Nutting Ralph

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 0809141299

Category: Religion

Page: 307

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Explains literary forms used in Scripture -- myth, gospel, parable, allegory, letter, and others -- and shows how this knowledge is important in interpreting the Bible.

The Cambridge Edition of Early Christian Writings Volume 1 God

Introduction. What did monotheism mean for early Christians? When Paul tackled the issue of whether followers of Christ could in good conscience eat meat sacrificed to images of pagan gods, he conceded that “there are many gods and many ...

Author: Andrew Radde-Gallwitz

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781108165082

Category: Philosophy

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The Cambridge Edition of Early Christian Writings provides the definitive anthology of early Christian texts, from c.100 to 650 CE. Its six volumes reflect the cultural, intellectual and linguistic diversity of early Christianity and are organized thematically on the topics of God, practice, Christ, community, reading and creation. The series expands the pool of source material to include not only Greek and Latin writings, but also Syriac and Coptic texts. Additionally, the series rejects a theologically normative view by juxtaposing texts that were important in antiquity but later deemed 'heretical', with orthodox texts. The translations are accompanied by introductions, notes, suggestions for further reading and scriptural indices. The first volume focuses on early Christian writings about God's nature and unity, and the meaning of faith. It will be an invaluable resource for students and academic researchers in early Christian studies, history of Christianity, theology, religious studies and late antique Roman history.

Christianity and the Rhetoric of Empire

It is thus less a question of the degree of "influence" of Greco-Roman or Jewish literary or philosophical elements on early Christian writing than of their integral relationship. The culture of the Roman Empire — Jewish, Greek, ...

Author: Averil Cameron

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520071603

Category: History

Page: 261

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Many reasons can be given for the rise of Christianity in late antiquity and its flourishing in the medieval world. In asking how Christianity succeeded in becoming the dominant ideology in the unpromising circumstances of the Roman Empire, Averil Cameron turns to the development of Christian discourse over the first to sixth centuries A.D., investigating the discourse's essential characteristics, its effects on existing forms of communication, and its eventual preeminence. Scholars of late antiquity and general readers interested in this crucial historical period will be intrigued by her exploration of these influential changes in modes of communication. The emphasis that Christians placed on language--writing, talking, and preaching--made possible the formation of a powerful and indeed a totalizing discourse, argues the author. Christian discourse was sufficiently flexible to be used as a public and political instrument, yet at the same time to be used to express private feelings and emotion. Embracing the two opposing poles of logic and mystery, it contributed powerfully to the gradual acceptance of Christianity and the faith's transformation from the enthusiasm of a small sect to an institutionalized world religion.

Christian Theology

An Introduction Alister E. McGrath. take them away, and put them to their proper use for the proclamation of the gospel. The fundamental theme is that of taking a way of thinking – or writing, or speaking – which had hitherto been put ...

Author: Alister E. McGrath

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781118874431

Category: Religion

Page: 528

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Christian Theology: An Introduction, one of the most internationally-acclaimed Christian theology textbooks in use, has been completely rewritten for the 6th edition. It now features new and extended material and companion resources, ensuring it retains its reputation as the ideal introduction for students. A new edition of the bestselling Christian theology textbook to celebrate its 25th anniversary Rewritten throughout for exceptional clarity and accessibility, and adds substantial new material on the Holy Spirit Features increased coverage of postcolonial theology, and feminist theology, and prodigious development of world theology Increases the focus on contemporary theology to complement the excellent coverage of historical material A new 2-color design includes more pedagogical features including textboxes and sidebars to aid learning

Introduction to Medieval History

In Orosius, Old Testament history continues with the incarnation of Jesus Christ and the origin of the Apostolic Church. Writers had sought to reconcile these diverse traditions ever since the recognition of Christianity as a lawful ...

Author: Paolo Delogu

Publisher: Bristol Classical Press

ISBN: UOM:39015051918483

Category: History

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An introduction to the sources, methods and theories most used by historians, this book explores the origins of the idea of the 'middle ages' and its development in Renaissance and modern European historical discourse, the problem of periodisation and the principal themes of modern historiography.