Description : Christian Essentials Made Plain and Simple God doesn’t call every Christian to go off to seminary, but there are certain matters of doctrine—that is, the church’s teaching—that every Christian simply must know. Theology is important because what we believe affects how we live. If you’re a relatively new believer in Jesus, or if you’re a more mature Christian looking for a quick brush-up on basics of the faith, Christian Beliefs is for you. This readable guide to twenty basic Christian beliefs is a condensation of Wayne Grudem’s award-winning book on systematic theology, prized by pastors and teachers everywhere. He and his son, Elliot, have boiled down the essentials of Christian theology for the average layperson and made them both clear and applicable to life. You will learn about the Bible, the characteristics of God, what it means that we are created in the image of God, what God has done for us in Christ, the purpose of the church, and much more. Each chapter includes questions for personal review or group discussion. These truly are twenty basic beliefs that every Christian should know. Wayne Grudem is a master teacher with the ability to explain profound truths in simple language. He is a man of deep conviction and theological passion—and those who read this book will be both educated and encouraged in the faith. R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky Based on Systematic Theology, this summary will certainly help beginners with Christ to get the hang of their faith. J. I. Packer, Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia As Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology contracts into a compact book, I do not lose my enthusiasm for the truth he loves and the clarity of his words. John Piper, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Description : Theology matters! At last it can be understood easily, thanks to this “layman's language” approach to biblical belief. Authored by J. I. Packer, one of the premier theologians of Christianity, this summary of Christian teaching covers nearly 100 major Christian beliefs from a Reformed perspective. Brief, easy-to-understand chapters offer precise descriptions without sacrificing depth. Thoughtfully arranged and refreshingly readable, this is a book that belongs on the shelf of every Christian.
Description : The bestselling Denominations Comparison pamphlet is a glossy, easy-to-use comparison chart that provides a side-by-side format that compares what 12 Christian denominations believe about God, the Trinity, Jesus, and other key areas. The Family Tree of Denominations diagram reveals the roots of today's denominations and when they came into being. Denominational groups divided into liturgical and non-liturgical groups. Denominational comparisons include: Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican, Presbyterian, Methodist, Anabaptist, Congregational, Baptist, Presbyterian, Churches of Christ, Adventist, and Pentecostal churches. Size: 8.5x 5.5 unfolds to 33 long. Fits inside most Bible covers. Each denomination believes in the deity of Christ and the importance of Scripture, so how are the groups different? The Denominations Comparison fold-out chart contrasts how denominations differ as well as what they have in common. The 11 areas of comparison include: When it was founded and by whom The number of adherents in 2000 How Scripture is viewed Who God is Who Jesus is How individuals are saved What happens after death The definition of the Church How each looks at the Sacraments Other practices and beliefs The major divisions and trends today. This easy-to-use, 12-panel pamphlet is an easy way to compare Christian denominations. The pamphlet also contains a 42-word glossary of words that are helpful to know and understand when exploring denominational differences. Denominations Comparison pamphlet is an excellent source for pastors and teachers who want to present denominational beliefs in a concise and focused manner. The pamphlet organizes the denominationscomparisons in the order in which they came to be, first covering the six liturgical denominations followed by the six non-liturgical denominations.
Description : In The Mosaic of Christian Belief Roger E. Olson thematically traces the contours of Christian belief down through the ages, revealing a pattern of both unity and diversity. He finds a consensus of teaching that is both unitive and able to incorporate a faithful diversity when not forced into the molds of false either-or alternatives. The mosaic that emerges from Olson's work, now updated throughout and with a new chapter on the Holy Spirit, displays a mediating evangelical theology that is irenic in spirit and tone. Olson, writing with nonspecialists in mind, has masterfully sketched out the contours of the Great Tradition of the Christian faith with simplicity while avoiding oversimplification.
Description : Crisis, Controversy and the Future of Religious Education sets out to provide a much-needed critical examination of recent writings that consider and respond to the crisis in religious education and more widely to a crisis in non-confessional forms of religious education, wherever practised. The book is critical, wide-ranging and provocative, giving attention to a range of responses, some limited to the particular situation of religious education in England and some of wider application, for example, that of the role and significance of human rights and that of the relevance of religious studies and theology to religious education. It engages with a variety of positions and with recent influential reports that make recommendations on the future direction of religious education. Constructively, it defends both confessional and non-confessional religious education and endorses the existing right of parental withdrawal. Controversially, it concludes that the case for including non-religious worldviews in religious education, and for the introduction of a statutory, ‘objective’ national religious education curriculum for all schools, are both unconvincing on educational, philosophical and evidential grounds. Timely and captivating, this book is a must-read for religious and theological educators, RE advisers, classroom teachers, student teachers and those interested in the field of religious education.
Description : Questions for Reflection and Discussion -- Glossary -- Chapter 12 Hope Beyond the Grave -- Accounts of Life after Death in the Different Religions -- The Christian Tradition -- The Resurrection of Jesus -- Jesus as a Model of the Life to Come -- A Redeemed Creation -- Hell -- Conclusion -- Questions for Reflection and Discussion -- Glossary -- Chapter 13 The End of the Age -- The Scientific Account -- The Fundamentalist Account -- Standing Back -- Questions for Reflection and Discussion -- Glossary -- Chapter 14 Participating in the Conversation -- Participating in the Tradition -- Internet Resources -- Index -- EULA
Description : The central focus of this edited collection is on the ever-growing practice, in liberal states, to claim exemption from legal duties on the basis of a conscientious objection. Traditional claims have included objections to compulsory military draft and to the provision of abortions. Contemporary claims include objections to anti-discrimination law by providers of public services, such as bakers and B&B hoteliers, who do not want to serve same-sex couples. The book investigates the practice, both traditional and contemporary, from three distinct perspectives: theoretical, doctrinal (with special emphasis on UK, Canadian and US law) and comparative. Cumulatively, the contributors provide a comprehensive set of reflections on how the practice is to be viewed and carried out in the context of a liberal state.
Description : This book provides a philosophical argument for the reasonableness of Christian faith in today's world. Diogenes Allen shows how Christian belief is now being supported by scientific and philosophical principles--perhaps for the first time in 300 years.
Description : The British Study Edition of the Urantia Papers is based on the standard SRT text, but uses the metric system and adds a critical apparatus of textual variants and study notes.