A God Of Many Understandings

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A God of Many Understandings

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Western Christianity’s interaction with world religions used to be, for the most part, overseas. Today, “religious others” often live next door. At a changing time when one public prayer spoken during the 2009 U.S. presidential inauguration festivities was addressed to “O god of our many understandings,” the evangelical Christian church should do more than simply dismiss non-Christian religions as pagan without argument or comment. The Church needs a theology of religions that is Christ-honoring, biblically faithful, intellectually satisfying, compassionate, and that will encourage Spirit-powered mission. Oregon-based theology professor Todd L. Miles writes to that end in A God of Many Understandings?, attempting, as the scholar Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen puts it, “to think theologically about what it means for Christians to live with people of other faiths and about the relationship of Christianity to other religions.”

Understanding Pannenberg

Understanding Pannenberg Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Anthony C. Thiselton
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Wolfhart Pannenberg has forever changed the face of twentieth-century theology. His book on Christology constituted a turning-point away from Bultmann's existentialist theology, and convincingly vindicated belief in the bodily resurrection of Jesus and its importance for theology. His numerous other works, especially his Systematic Theology, Theological Anthropology, and Theology and the Philosophy of Science, show both depth of learning and an unsurpassed and enviable range of interests. This book aims to explain the vast scope of Pannenberg's thought, his understanding of the sovereignty and majesty of the God as the God of all reality (not only Israel and the church), who also revealed himself in Jesus Christ. Jesus is not simply the pre-resurrection Jesus of many Gospel narratives, but the raised and exalted Christ of the whole New Testament. Pannenberg shines a light on the centrality of futurity, and of the whole of reality in God's purposes. Meaning becomes clear in the light of the whole, as his hermeneutics explains. He expounds the role of God as Trinity and the Holy Spirit. His vision of God and the whole world is breath-taking, and often heartening and practical.

The Openness of God

The Openness of God Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Clark H. Pinnock,Richard Rice,John Sanders,William Hasker,David Basinger
Editor: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830878826
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The Openness of God by Clark H. Pinnock,Richard Rice,John Sanders,William Hasker,David Basinger Summary

Voted one of Christianity Today's 1995 Books of the Year! The Openness of God presents a careful and full-orbed argument that the God known through Christ desires "responsive relationship" with his creatures. While it rejects process theology, the book asserts that such classical doctrines as God's immutability, impassibility and foreknowledge demand reconsideration. The authors insist that our understanding of God will be more consistently biblical and more true to the actual devotional lives of Christians if we profess that "God, in grace, grants humans significant freedom" and enters into relationship with a genuine "give-and-take dynamic." The Openness of God is remarkable in its comprehensiveness, drawing from the disciplines of biblical, historical, systematic and philosophical theology. Evangelical and other orthodox Christian philosophers have promoted the "relational" or "personalist" perspective on God in recent decades. Now here is the first major attempt to bring the discussion into the evangelical theological arena.

Trusting God in the Darkness

Trusting God in the Darkness Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Christopher Ash
Editor: Crossway
ISBN: 1433570149
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It’s easy for us to trust God when life is going well. But when suffering comes, trusting God’s goodness, his attentiveness to what’s going on in the world, and his justice becomes far more difficult. In times of intense suffering, many of us ask, Why does God allow these things to happen? In the Bible, Job is known for facing intense personal suffering. Yet, upon closer examination, we find the book of Job is about more than just Job’s calamities; it’s a story about God and his relationship to Christ and his people in their suffering. In this helpful guide, Christopher Ash helps us explore the question, Where is God in the midst of suffering? As we read, meditate, and pray through the book of Job, we will find assurance that God will be with us in Christ through every season and trial.

The God of Promise and the Life of Faith

The God of Promise and the Life of Faith Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Scott J. Hafemann
Editor: Crossway
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The God of Promise and the Life of Faith by Scott J. Hafemann Summary

This theological primer lets the Bible tell its own message, providing a basic framework for Scripture that will encourage readers to take up the Bible for themselves and grow in faith, hope, and love.

Unveiling the Name of Jesus

Unveiling the Name of Jesus Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Dr. Adrian G. Haymond
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Unveiling the Name of Jesus: A Guide to Understanding the Jehovaistic Titles explores the source of power behind the name given to Our Savior and King, Jesus the Christ, by analyzing some of the names and titles given to the God of the Old Testament. By comparing the purpose of these names with the attributes demonstrated by Jesus, the book demonstrates the equality of Christ with the Almighty God. Through the study of such aspects of God as His steadfastness, power, righteousness, authority, and his ability to provide for His own, the reader can compare the instances where God exhibited these attributes with the same qualities shown in Christ in His role as Savior and Redeemer. The resultant analysis by the author establishes the Deity of Christ and substantiates the claim that He indeed is truly the God of the Old Testament, as His name encompasses all the titles and names of God as written in the Scriptures. The believer in Christ can be fully assured of the power inherent in the name of Jesus, that it truly stands above every other name in heaven and on the earth.

Understanding Scripture

Understanding Scripture Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Wayne Grudem,C. John Collins,Thomas R. Schreiner
Editor: Crossway
ISBN: 1433530023
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Understanding Scripture by Wayne Grudem,C. John Collins,Thomas R. Schreiner Summary

Originally featured as articles in the ESV Study Bible, these eighteen essays have been repurposed and republished in a convenient format. Covering a diverse range of essential subjects, including how to read the Bible well and why it is reliable, the essays delve into specific topics such as world religions, canon, and archaeology. Useful as both a general overview of the Bible and as a tool for more specific reference and training, readers of this book will grow in their understanding of Scripture and their ability to apply the Bible to their lives. Pastors, lay leaders, students, and other Christians engaged in studying God’s Word will benefit from this collection, written by notable contributors, including J. I. Packer, John Piper, David Powlison, and Vern Poythress.

A God Divided

A God Divided Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Christopher Catherwood
Editor: David C Cook
ISBN: 9780781443746
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A God Divided by Christopher Catherwood Summary

Catherwood, a respected authority in religious history, objectively and accessibly explains how Christianity, Islam, and Judaism evolved over time and how they have changed today.

Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day

Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Daryl Aaron
Editor: Baker Books
ISBN: 1441260544
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Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day by Daryl Aaron Summary

Short, Friendly Beginner's Guide to Theology Theology can be intimidating with its unfamiliar words and seemingly difficult concepts. Many Christians would like to know the basics of theology but are unsure where to begin. These short, easy-to understand readings answer some of the most perplexing questions about the nature of God, heaven, the Bible, church, and even ourselves. Daryl Aaron blends the knowledge of a college professor with the friendly, welcoming tone of a pastor. Broken into forty small chapters, this book is perfect for those who want quick and clear answers to their questions.

Jesus the King

Jesus the King Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Timothy Keller
Editor: Penguin
ISBN: 0698136357
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Previously published in hardcover as King's Cross The most influential man to ever walk the earth has had his story told in hundreds of different ways for thousands of years. Can any more be said? Now, Timothy Keller, New York Times bestselling author of The Prodigal Prophet and the man Newsweek called a “C. S. Lewis for the twenty-first century,” unlocks new insights into the life of Jesus Christ as he explores how Jesus came as a king, but a king who had to bear the greatest burden anyone ever has. Jesus the King is Keller’s revelatory look at the life of Christ as told in the Gospel of Mark. In it, Keller shows how the story of Jesus is at once cosmic, historical, and personal, calling each of us to look anew at our relationship with God. It is an unforgettable look at Jesus Christ, and one that will leave an indelible imprint on every reader.

The Soul of the Cosmos

The Soul of the Cosmos Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Pratyush Singh
Editor: Notion Press
ISBN: 1646786025
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The soul of the cosmos is about the origin of life on earth and the real soul of the cosmos. It explains the mysteries and the misunderstandings of the vast number of these religions. Each follower is wholly devoted to his faith, so devoted that he can take the life of another devotee of different religion. Why isn't this bothering us as much as it should be? We all believe that our religion is mighty big, but how did so many faiths come into play? What was the need to create so many religions when we all ultimately aim to reach the same destination? To answer these mysteries, I studied these religions, and I am sure that one will be surprised to know the underlying truth beneath each of these faiths is completely unexplainable and is a feat no man can achieve. To understand the possibilities of different realities posed by these devotions, I came to the conclusion that these religions were established by the one great god who is the soul of the whole cosmos. These religions were established by him for the sake of his children. It answers the undying questions of why different religions were established, why some people call it Valhalla and some say Swarg and under what circumstances these religions were gifted to the world.

50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith

50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Gregg R. Allison
Editor: Baker Books
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50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith by Gregg R. Allison Summary

Those looking for a single resource that collects clear teachings on the most important doctrines of Christianity need look no further than Gregg Allison's 50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith. This volume covers foundational doctrines of the nature and works of God, the Bible, God's created beings, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, salvation, the church, and the end times. And each chapter features clear guidance for how to teach and apply the doctrine today. Pastors, Sunday school teachers, and lay students of theology will find this an indispensable resource for understanding and teaching Christian theology.

The Seven Components of the Will of God

The Seven Components of the Will of God Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Olusola A. Areogun
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
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ABOUT THE BOOK ¡§And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. ¡§ The Seven Components of the Will of God is a treatise from the stable of Reverend Olusola A. Areogun, and this book brings the understanding of the will of God to your doorstep. Many Christians have sought to know and do the will of God for their lives but up until now they¡¦ve not understood the critical details of the will of God for them. This book dissolves your doubts and removes the dross from your silver. With 30 chapters of revelational knowledge, you will no more be in the dark as touching the will of God concerning your destiny, your calling, your career, your family and whatsoever you put your heart to. If you mean business with God and you don¡¦t want to end up less than God planned for you, then you have the right book in your hands! In this book discover: „X The Divine Purpose for Your Life and Resources „X The Components of Wisdom „X Divine Strategy „X What is Greater than Prayer „X How not to Lose Your Place „X 14 Things Discovery of Divine Purpose will do for you „X How to Discover yourSet Time „X And Lots More! BEWARE! THIS BOOK WILL INCREASE YOUR SENSITIVITY AND ACCURACY IN THE WILL OF GOD FOR YOU IN LIFE AND DESTINY

Inside the Bible

Inside the Bible Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J
Editor: Ignatius Press
ISBN: 1681492636
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Inside the Bible by Fr. Kenneth Baker, S.J Summary

This book is a popular introduction to each of the 73 books of the Bible designed to help the reader grow in the knowledge and love of God's Word. The introduction to each book includes the time frame and author, the theme, a summary of the contents and some comments about the context in which it was written, the theology of the book, an outline, and a prayer taken from the book. Fr. Baker provides quick access to essential information the daily or occasional reader of sacred scripture should find helpful. The book may also be of help to more advanced students who wish to refresh their memory of a particular book of the Bible. By carefully reading Inside the Bible one can have a thumbnail summary of each book of the Bible at his fingertips. "Many Catholics revere the Bible without reading it. They find themselves paralyzed, not knowing where to start reading. Fr. Kenneth Baker comes to the rescue. In brief synopses of the 73 books he guides new readers through the threshold and shows them how they can move forward on their own.

Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad?

Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad? Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Timothy George
Editor: Zondervan
ISBN: 0310539684
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Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad? by Timothy George Summary

The days when western Christians could ignore the influence of Islam are over. Today as never before, the world’s second largest religion is shaping our culture, and words such as jihad, imam, Quran, and fatwa have entered our vocabulary. While all Muslims are no more alike than all Christians are alike, there are certain fundamental beliefs that all Muslims hold in common—some of which Christians would agree with, including belief in one true God. But is it the same God? How does the God of Muhammad differ from the God of Christianity? Written in a clear, passionate style that is conciliatory, balanced, and uncompromisingly biblical, this book describes and contrasts the distinctives of Christianity and Islam. Its author, a noted historian and theologian who has studied Islam for many years, writes with an eye on helping Christians better understand how to interact with Muslims. Beginning with an overview of Islam—what it is and how it arose—here are fascinating and relevant insights on · the Five Pillars of Islam · the role of religious violence from the Crusades onward · the doctrine of the Trinity and the character of God · Christian and Muslim views of Jesus Christ and salvation · what Christians can learn from Muslims · how Christians can share Christ with their Muslim neighbors . . . and more

Jesus Through Pagan Eyes

Jesus Through Pagan Eyes Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Matthew Fox,Mark Townsend,Barbara Erskine
Editor: Llewellyn Worldwide
ISBN: 073873165X
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Jesus Through Pagan Eyes by Matthew Fox,Mark Townsend,Barbara Erskine Summary

For Pagans and Christians alike, Jesus Through Pagan Eyes offers a provocative portrait ofJesus—as a compassionate, life-affirming, nature-inspired spiritual teacher, freed from the limiting ideology of the Church. Rev. Mark Townsend sets the stage by exploring the historical evidence of who Jesus was as a human being before delving into the realm of metaphor and mythology, the notion of Christ, and the Church's conception of Jesus as Christ. The heart of this unique book lies in the thoughtful and deeply moving collection of stories, essays, and interviews about Jesus from today's most respected Pagan, Wiccan, and Druidic leaders. Contributors such as Maxine Sanders, Christopher Penczak, Janet Farrar, Diana Paxson, Philip Carr-Gomm, Oberon Zell-Ravenheart, John Michael Greer, Selena Fox, and Raven Grimassi explore the historical figure of Jesus in relation to Witchcraft, the tarot, goddess worship, and shamanism—while illustrating how this god of the Christian church blesses and inspires those who embrace non-traditional spiritual paths. Whether you envision Jesus as an ascended master, a human teacher, or a mythic god-man, this remarkable book will introduce you to a Jesus who fits fully into the Pagan imagination. Praise: "Townsend uses Jesus to initiate dialogue, and he does so in way that is accepting and inclusive of many understandings and interpretations of Jesus, his purpose, and his relevance (or irrelevance) in the religious practices of contemporary Pagans." —Huffington Post "This work admirably promotes understanding between belief systems that have a sometimes uneasy relationship."—Publishers Weekly

The Body of Christ

The Body of Christ Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Reinder Bruinsma
Editor: Review and Herald Pub Assoc
ISBN: 082802488X
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Reinder Bruinsmas far-ranging look at the doctrine of the church moves from Old and New Testament foundations for this doctrine up through church government and on to controversial issues such as ordination and church discipline.Fittingly, he concludes with the mission and future of the church. His fourfold approachbiblical and theological, historical, practical, and with an Adventist perspectiveensures that every facet of the doctrine is explored in detail.

Story and Promise

Story and Promise Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Robert W. Jenson
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1498200826
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The respected American theologian Robert Jenson here, in brief compass, presents his uncluttered understanding of the Christian message in a form ideal for beginning students, laypeople, and clergy. Professor Jenson sees the heart of the gospel as "the unconditional promise of the ultimate triumph of the love of Jesus of Nazareth." This gospel is based on the story of Jesus and is worked out in the lives of men and of nations as the promise it brings moves towards fulfillment. Story and Promise--we dare to call it a "one-volume dogmatics"--leaves no element of the Christian faith untouched: the classical doctrines concerning God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, man, the church; the clearly radical implications of these doctrines for personal and social transformation; the focus of Christian vision on the future as the time when God comes and man becomes what God intends. This book clarifies the traditional problems of faith, and also raises the revolutionary issues marking the end of this century. It is a thoughtful and satisfying piece of systematic theology in a time of shattered understandings of the faith.

Joseph Smith's Tritheism

Joseph Smith's Tritheism Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Dayton Hartman
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1625642016
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Joseph Smith's Tritheism by Dayton Hartman Summary

"I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and that the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a Spirit: and these three constitute three distinct personages and three Gods.

One Layman’s Contemporary Theology

One Layman’s Contemporary Theology Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Michael S. K. Toh
Editor: Xlibris Corporation
ISBN: 1493137697
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The credential of the author is based upon the fact that he is a trained psychologist, a biologist and a scientist; and has been in management/business fields for many years, having been exposed in all aspects of commerce and finance. He has a Master degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of Sydney, Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in psychology from Australian National University and a major in Biology from RMIT. Was awarded the 'Elizabeth and Martin Summit Prize in Psychology', an annual award given to the most outstanding student in Psychology at Sydney University. He has been teaching in a university for several years and was involved in politics for some time, but voluntarily chose to pursue a different path because of the incompatible sets of values that are required against what he believed in. He has a background of Buddhist and Confucian upbringing and was converted to being a follower of Jesus as a Catholic. However, he had been battling with what the churches taught and his knowledge and understanding in the fields of biology and psychology, new discoveries of physical sciences in which he was trained, against the background of his upbringing in a culture that was homogenous and has survived for more than 5000 years of history and his life experiences in the modern commercial materialistic world culture. He believes in doing God’s work in whatever circumstances he was placed, to be guided by the principles of what he believed Jesus has taught in establishing a ‘consistent logical framework’ that is universal and more holistic, the result of which is the writing of this book. One of his greatest gifts is his ability to analyze things logically and he has been a good debater when he was at school. He has thus put all his thoughts down, gathered from his training, life experiences and his wide exposure in the modern world environment to establish an overall consistent logical framework in understanding the meaning of life in the order of things; and the role religion plays in assisting each individuals to achieve the universal objective of a ‘salvation’ and the conflicts that are generated as a result of different derivatives of history and culture of the world.

The One God

The One God Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Michael L. Chiavone
Editor: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1630876828
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In what sense is God one? How can those who worship Jesus Christ, his Father, and the Holy Spirit claim to be monotheists? These questions were answered by the early church, and their answering analogies, models, and language have come down to the church today. However, theology is not stagnant, and the twentieth century has seen several new models of the Trinity emerge. Many of these models have focused on the three persons without adequately considering the consequences for the unity of God. The One God seeks to develop an understanding of the unity of the Triune God by examining the positions put forward by Karl Rahner, Millard Erickson, John Zizioulas, and Wolfhart Pannenberg. After carefully presenting and critically examining each of these positions, this book offers a synthesis: an understanding of the unity of God that is historically informed, theologically adequate, internally coherent, and able to explain Christian monotheism in a new century. By affirming both the singular divine essence of God and the genuine, eternal interdependence of distinct divine persons in God, The One God affirms the personal and the natural levels of ontology, both crucial for understanding God, humanity, and the world.

Understanding the Kingdom of God (Concepts and Precepts)

Understanding the Kingdom of God (Concepts and Precepts) Pdf/ePub eBook Author: David O. Ogaga
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What was Jesus main passion? What occupied the centre of his message? What did he really teach and preach? There was nothing more central, passion-driving, and life-consuming for Jesus than the message of the kingdom. It must be noted that things like healing and the casting out of demons were all the integral part of the message of the kingdom. Jesus never classified them as a ministry of their own. The Lords pattern in ministry reveals this: And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people (Matt. 4:23). Jesus was teaching the message of the kingdom, declaring I am a king whose kingdom does not take its root from the social, economic, and the political structure of this world. In response to the question as to whether Jesus is a king, he admitted so by saying, To this end was I born. In other words, the only major reason why I am born is to be a king. The wise men from the East did not come looking for a child but for a king that was born. The famous prayer starts with Thy kingdom comethe kingdom of God can as well be described as that moral and spiritual kingdom which the God of grace is setting up in this fallen world, whose subjects consist of as many as have been brought into hearty subjection to his gracious authority, and of which his Son Jesus is the glorious head. This book seeks to explain, explore, and provide insight into the present spiritual reality of the kingdom of God.

What is Reformed Theology?

What is Reformed Theology? Pdf/ePub eBook Author: R. C. Sproul
Editor: Baker Books
ISBN: 1585586528
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What Do the Five Points of Calvinism Really Mean? Many have heard of Reformed theology, but may not be certain what it is. Some references to it have been positive, some negative. It appears to be important, and they'd like to know more about it. But they want a full, understandable explanation, not a simplistic one. What Is Reformed Theology? is an accessible introduction to beliefs that have been immensely influential in the evangelical church. In this insightful book, R. C. Sproul walks readers through the foundations of the Reformed doctrine and explains how the Reformed belief is centered on God, based on God's Word, and committed to faith in Jesus Christ. Sproul explains the five points of Reformed theology and makes plain the reality of God's amazing grace.

The Gospel of God (2)

The Gospel of God (2) Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Watchman Nee
Editor: Living Stream Ministry
ISBN: 0736358064
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Watchman Nee's writings have become well known for their deep spiritual insight among Christians in many nations for many years. Through these volumes a full understanding of his balanced and proper view concerning the Bible and the spiritual life can be accurately appreciated. This new compilation and retranslation of Watchman Nee's writings present the reader a fresh and unedited version of his ministry and promises to shed new light on the reader's understanding of Watchman Nee's ministry.

The Patristic Understanding of Creation

The Patristic Understanding of Creation Pdf/ePub eBook Author: William A. Dembski,Wayne J. Downs,Fr. Justin B. A. Frederick
Editor: Influence Publishers
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The Patristic Understanding of Creation by William A. Dembski,Wayne J. Downs,Fr. Justin B. A. Frederick Summary

The Patristic Understanding of Creation encapsulates what the Church Fathers had to say, in their own words, on the topic of creation. Going back to Roman and Byzantine times, the writings of the Church Fathers are basic to Christian theology and provide a benchmark for how Christians have traditionally understood creation. This understanding of creation, however, faces tremendous challenges in our day, especially in discussions at the intersection of science and religion. Process theology and other efforts to reconceptualize creation have explicitly opposed key elements of the Christian doctrine of creation: creation ex nihilo, the transcendence and immanence of God in creation, “the absolute creatureliness and non-self-sufficiency of the world" (to use a phrase of Fr. Georges Florovsky), the goodness of creation, and the openness of the world to divine action. All of these the Church Fathers not only held but also ably defended. This anthology is therefore not merely of academic or historical interest. In reasserting a theologically sound understanding of creation, this anthology fills a need that is both practical and urgent.

God's Inspiration of the Scriptures

God's Inspiration of the Scriptures Pdf/ePub eBook Author: William Kelly
Editor: Scripture Truth
ISBN: 0901860514
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God's Inspiration of the Scriptures by William Kelly Summary

William Kelly (1821-1906) was an outstanding classical scholar in his generation, preacher, teacher, editor of several influential religious magazines and of John Nelson Darby's "Collected Writings," and a prolific author in his own right. He was a major figure in the late nineteenth century return to basic biblical teaching usually known as the Brethren movement, often seen as the cradle of dispensationalism. A Canadian contemporary described him as "second only to Mr Darby in knowledge of the Truth, and first in ability to state the Truth clearly." A frequent lecturer, he subsequently revised and published many of his lectures in book form. His familiarity with the original languages of the Bible led to well-researched expositions of both Old and New Testament books, which were widely read and highly regarded by Christians in his own time, and still today. With a genius for exposition, he combines scholarship and spirituality so that his readers gain a real sense of his unrestrained love for the Lord of whom the inspired pages of scripture speak. This book exhibits with unanswerable faith and proof the perfection of Divine revelation. It considers the great subject of the Inspiration of the Bible under the main headings of Divine Authority, Apostolic Doctrine, Its Uniformity, The Human Element and Divine Design. The latter topic, which occupies the major part of the book, consists of an introduction to each book of the Bible in turn, demonstrating the evidence of its inspiration, and relating it to the inspired themes of the whole. The author's purpose in writing the book was to present "the positive proofs that God speaks in it (the Bible) to every conscience and heart, more particularly of Israel in the Old Testament, and of the Christian in the New." He shows us that "one directing Author presides over each several part, imparting a special character to it, and at the same time causing all to contribute to the common purpose of revealing His counsels of glory and His ways of grace, while fully making known the weakness or the wickedness of the creature in resisting His will and doing its own." William Kelly's desire was that this work should be of help to "the spiritual understanding of all who value the Bible from beginning to end."

The God of How

The God of How Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Dr. Preston Williams II
Editor: iUniverse
ISBN: 1491711213
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The God of How by Dr. Preston Williams II Summary

When you are at the end of your proverbial rope, your mind and heart may be filled with questions about how such difficulties fit in with Gods plan for your life. It is during those times that you need straight talk and forward-thinking principles. In The God of How: Understanding How Trials, Transitions, and Triumphs Fit into Gods Plan for Your Life, Dr. Preston Williams II seeks to help you understand Gods involvement in lifes many transitions. Through true-life stories and biblical references, you can come to understand the key points of change, including submitting to Gods process, examining your options, acknowledging your resources and support systems, and maintaining confidence in yourself and in Gods track record for success. As you make your way through the personal stories and spiritual reflections included in this study, you can begin to see life situations from a purposeful vantage point. Be inspired to follow your dreams by seeing the world through Gods eyes and prepared to confront the rapid and complex life challenges and transformation in the twenty-first century.

Biblical Theology

Biblical Theology Pdf/ePub eBook Author: John Goldingay
Editor: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830873147
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John Goldingay takes the New Testament as a portal into the complete canon of Scripture. Without searching out an overarching unity, he allows Scripture's diversity and tensions to remain, letting Scripture speak to us in its own voice. This landmark biblical theology is hermeneutically dexterous, biblically expansive, and nourishing to mind, soul and proclamation.

The Trinity

The Trinity Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Woodrow Wilson Whidden,Jerry Moon,John W. Reeve
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Among Seventh-day Adventists the doctrine of the Trinity is often taken for granted. But increasingly it is opposed by a small minority who have retreated to the anti-Trinitarian position of the pioneers. In response the authors, each a specialist in his field, trace the doctrine of the Trinity through Scripture, church history, and the writings of Ellen G. White.; ; The first section surveys the biblical foundations of the doctrine and addresses objections that have been raised. Other sections trace the development of the doctrine in Christian history, in Adventist history, and in the writings of Ellen White. The authors explain why the doctrine was resisted by many of the leading pioneers.; ; The final section asks "So what?" It discusses the theological and practical implications of Trinitarian belief, worship, and practice, showing how it affects what we believe about salvation, atonement, the great controversy, and other significant doctrines. With glossaries, bibliography, and index, this comprehensive primer on the Trinity will shed new light on the central beliefs of Christianity, and show how God still leads His church into all truth. - Introduction; SECTION ONE--The Biblical Evidence for the Full Deity of Christ, the Personality of the Spirit, and the Unity and Oneness of the Godhead; Chapter 1: The Strongest Bible Evidence for the Trinity; Chapter 2: The Full and Eternal Deity of Christ: Part I--The New Testament Epistles, the Old; Testament, and the Gospels; Chapter 3: The Full and Eternal Deity of Christ: Part II--The Gospel of John; Chapter 4: The Personality and Deity of the Spirit and the Triune Oneness of the Godhead; Chapter 5: Trinitarian Evidences in the Book of Revelation; Chapter 6: Biblical Objections to the Trinity; Chapter 7: Logical Objections to the Trinity; SECTION TWO--The History of the Trinity Doctrine From A.D. 100 to A.D. 1500; SECTION THREE--Trinity and Anti-Trinitarianism From the Reformation to the Advent; Movement; SECTION FOUR--The Doctrine of the Trinity and Its Implications for Christian Thought and Practice; Index

The Cape Town Commitment: A Confession of Faith, A Call to Action

The Cape Town Commitment: A Confession of Faith, A Call to Action Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Darrell L. Bock
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The Cape Town Commitment, which arose from The Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization (Cape Town, 2010), stands in the historic line of The Lausanne Covenant (1974) and The Manila Manifesto (1989). It has been translated into twenty-five languages and has commanded wide acceptance around the world. The Commitment is set in two parts. Part 1 is a Confession of Faith, crafted in the language of covenantal love. Part 2 is a Call to Action. The local church, mission agencies, special-interest groups, and Christians in the professions are all urged to find their place in its outworking. This annotated bibliography of The Cape Town Commitment, arranged by topic, has been compiled by specialists in a range of fields. As such, it is the first bibliography of its kind. Arranged in sections for graduate-level teaching Equally useful for research students

The God of Peace

The God of Peace Pdf/ePub eBook Author: John Dear
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The God of peace is never glorified by human violence. Thomas Merton 'The God of Peace', John Dear's classic theology of nonviolence, broke new ground when it was first published as a breakthrough toward a new understanding of scripture, theology, social concerns and churches issues--from the perspective of Gospel nonviolence, in the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Dorothy Day. This ground-breaking study begins not just with the culture of violence, but the nonviolence of God, and the revolutionary nonviolence of Jesus. From the start, John Dear explores traditional areas of theology, such as Christology, Trinitarian Theology, anthropology, sin, redemption, theodicy, salvation, ecclesiology, eschatology, spirituality, liturgy, Catholic social teaching, the just war theory,, feminism, liberation theology and the consistent ethic of life. This text will help university and theology students pursuing the theology and spirituality of nonviolence, as well as ordinary Christians and activists interested in the crucial connection between war and violence, and God and nonviolence.

Across the Spectrum

Across the Spectrum Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Gregory A. Boyd,Paul R. Eddy
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Evangelical thinkers in recent years have thrust differing and sometimes nontraditional views on the doctrine of God, the composition of the human person, and the nature of hell into the spotlight. Across the Spectrum, written by Bethel College theologians Gregory Boyd and Paul Eddy, offers a service to the church by carefully examining the various positions taken by evangelical scholars on eighteen seminal issues--both classic concerns and those of more contemporary interests. Rather than taking sides, however, the authors give readers the resources they need to make up their own minds. Among the many topics discussed are baptism, the nature of the self, the foreknowledge and providence of God, the interpretation of Genesis 1-2, the destiny of the unevangelized, and the nature of hell. In the spirit of the popular four-views books, Boyd and Eddy carefully lay out the biblical, theological, and philosophical arguments for each position and then discuss possible objections. Each chapter also includes a bibliography. A helpful appendix touches on nine additional issues. Across the Spectrum will surely be an indispensable resource for students, professors, pastors, and anyone who wants to make sense of the issues facing today's church.

The Church in a Secular Age

The Church in a Secular Age Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Silje Kvamme Bjorndal
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How can the church navigate the challenges of our secular age? In The Church in a Secular Age, Norwegian and Pentecostal scholar Silje Kvamme Bjørndal takes on three dynamic thinkers, each in their own way, in search for insights to this question. Philosopher Charles Taylor offers the backdrop for the conversation, as Bjørndal carefully sifts out some of his most central tenets for understanding our secular age. Bjørndal then turns to the theologian and ethicist Stanley Hauerwas and critically engages his notion of the church as a community set apart from our secular age. By bringing several of Hauerwas’s interlocutors into the conversation, Bjørndal manages to bring out both the acute relevance and the shortcomings of his ecclesiology. Thus, she finds that another turn is needed in order to offer a concrete, as well as creative, contribution to this ecclesiological conversation. Considering the undeveloped pneumatological undercurrent in Hauerwas’s work, it proves fruitful to engage the leading Pentecostal scholar Amos Yong and his foundational pneumatology. This engagement results in a shift of agency, from the community to the Spirit. And keeping up the dialogue with Taylor’s secular age, Bjørndal demonstrates how the Spirit’s agency is crucial for the church as it attempts to navigate the particular challenges (and opportunities) of a secular age.

The Mission of the Triune God

The Mission of the Triune God Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Patrick Schreiner
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Understanding Luke’s Narrative in the Book of Acts The book of Acts is unlike any other in Scripture; it has no rival in terms of a book spanning so many different lands. Written by a Gentile, it recounts the birth of the church age and the lives of early Christians that serve as lasting examples for the church today. When believers see how these events worked together to fulfill God’s promises, they gain a better understanding of the Trinitarian heart of Acts. In The Mission of the Triune God, author Patrick Schreiner argues that Luke’s theology stems from the order of his narrative. He shows how the major themes in Acts, including the formation of the church, salvation offered to all flesh, and the prolific spread of the gospel, connect. Through Schreiner’s clear presentation and helpful graphics, readers follow the early church as it grows “all under the plan of God, centered on King Jesus, and empowered by the Spirit.”

Beyond the Bounds

Beyond the Bounds Pdf/ePub eBook Author: John Piper,Justin Taylor,Paul Kjoss Helseth
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"Everyone who believes in God at all believes that He knows what you and I are going to do tomorrow." –C. S. Lewis This understanding of God's foreknowledge has united the church for twenty centuries. But advocates of "open theism" are presenting a different vision of God and a different view of the future. The rise of open theism within evangelicalism has raised a host of questions. Was classical theism decisively tainted by Greek philosophy? How should we understand passages that tell us that God repents? Are essentials of biblical Christianity–like the inerrancy of Scripture, the trustworthiness of God, and the Gospel of Christ–at stake in this debate? Where, when, and why should we draw new boundaries–and is open theism beyond them? Beyond the Bounds brings together a respected team of scholars to examine the latest literature, address these questions, and give guidance to the church in this time of controversy. Contributors include: John Piper Wayne Grudem Michael S. Horton Bruce A. Ware Mark R. Talbot A. B. Caneday Stephen J. Wellum Justin Taylor Paul Kjoss Helseth Chad Brand William C. Davis Russell Fuller "We have prepared this book to address the issue of boundaries and, we pray, bring some remedy to the present and impending pain of embracing open theism as a legitimate Christian vision of God. . . . As a pastor, who longs to be biblical and God-centered and Christ-exalting and eternally helpful to my people, I see open theism as theologically ruinous, dishonoring to God, belittling to Christ, and pastorally hurtful. My prayer is that Christian leaders will come to see it this way, and thus love the church by counting open theism beyond the bounds of orthodox Christian teaching." –From the Foreword by John Piper

The Omnipresence of Jesus Christ

The Omnipresence of Jesus Christ Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Theodore Zachariades
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This important book reassesses the classic Chalcedonian view of Jesus: "one person, two natures". It carefully rejects all forms of kenotic Christology and affirms that Jesus possessed and used all the divine attributes, in particular, that of omnipresence, arguing that evangelical scholars have abandoned this important truth. This has ramifications for our view of the Holy Spirit and of Christ's presence with his people. It challenges us to read the Scriptures again and to live in the presence of Jesus. - Publisher Commendation: "In this important study of orthodox Christology, Dr Zachariades develops an aspect of it that has generally been neglected. How should we understand the universal presence of the risen, ascended an glorified Christ? Starting with the controversies of the early church, he takes us through the questions involved in the discussion and points us to a deeper understanding of how Christ is both God and man at the same time." Gerald L. Bray, Research Professor of Divinity, History and Doctrine, Beeson Divinity School, USA

Superheroes Can’t Save You

Superheroes Can’t Save You Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Todd Miles
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Comic superheroes embody the hopes of a world that is desperate for a savior. But those comic creations cannot save us from our greatest foes—sin and death. Throughout the history of the Church there have been bad ideas, misconceptions, and heretical presentations of Jesus. Each one of these heresies fails to present Jesus as the Bible reveals him. In Superheroes Can’t Save You, Todd Miles demonstrates how these ancient heresies are embodied in contemporary comic superheroes. Miles compares something everybody already knows (who the superheroes are) with what they need to know (who Jesus is), in a book that makes vitally important Christian truths understandable and applicable to a wide audience.

Types of Pentecostal Theology

Types of Pentecostal Theology Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Christopher A. Stephenson
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In the first critical study of the major theologians of pentecostalism, one of the fastest growing and most influential religious traditions in the world, Christopher A. Stephenson establishes four original categories to classify pentecostal theologians' methodologies in systematic/constructive theology. The four categories are based respectively on: the arrangement of biblical texts; the relationship between theology and Christian spirituality; doctrine concerning the kingdom of God; and pneumatology as a basis for philosophical and fundamental theology. Stephenson analyzes each methodological type and suggests a pentecostal theological method that builds on the strengths of each. He then offers his own, original contribution, arguing for a reciprocal relationship between pentecostal spirituality and doctrine that follows the pattern of lex orandi, lex credendi, and develops a doctrine of the Lord's supper as a demonstration of this reciprocal relationship. Types of Pentecostal Theology provides critical insight into such fundamental issues as the relationship between theology and philosophy, the dynamic between scripture and tradition, and the similarities and differences between recent pentecostal theology and other currents in contemporary theology.

Flames of Love

Flames of Love Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Heath Bradley
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Is hell for real, or will all be saved? What if both are true? It is tempting to settle either for the liberal option of downplaying the judgment of God, or for the conservative option of letting dominant church tradition trump fresh understandings of Scripture. Not settling for either of these popular options, this book offers a clear and compelling response to the question of what hell could be for in a universe created and redeemed by a loving God. The book seeks to articulate a distinctively Christian universalism that highlights the centrality of Christ, coheres with the Scriptures and early church tradition, affirms the reality of divine judgment, and offers motivational grounds for evangelism and holy living. Ultimately, this work is about the Christian struggle to envision the life of the world to come in a way that is faithful to the God in whom love and holiness are forever united.

Food, Sex and Strangers

Food, Sex and Strangers Pdf/ePub eBook Author: Graham Harvey
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Religion is more than a matter of worshipping a deity or spirit. For many people, religion pervades every part of their lives and is not separated off into some purely private and personal realm. Religion is integral to many people's relationship with the wider world, an aspect of their dwelling among other beings - both human and other-than-human - and something manifested in the everyday world of eating food, having sex and fearing strangers. "Food, Sex and Strangers" offers alternative ways of thinking about what religion involves and how we might better understand it. Drawing on studies of contemporary religions, especially among indigenous peoples, the book argues that religion serves to maintain and enhance human relationships in and with the larger-than-human world. Fundamentally, religion can be better understood through the ways we negotiate our lives than in affirmations of belief - and it is best seen when people engage in intimate acts with themselves and others.

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