Description : The world today is facing a bewildering array of problems where human behavior is both brazen and bizarre. Those who are searching for a way out are daring to ask fundamental questions: What is man’s rightful place? Are we a doomed species? Is God becoming weary of mankind? In Man’s Fate and God’s Choice, Bhimeswara Challa shares his comprehensive study of human behavior that suggests that the very paradigm of our thinking is inappropriate for the current challenges we face. In a thoughtful, innovative presentation of ideas, Challa posits that any betterment in human behavior needs a cathartic change at the deepest level, ultimately reawakening the intelligence of the human heart. He begins by examining the greatest challenge of this generation of human beings and continues by placing the multiple identities of man in perspective, reviewing our growing insensitivity to human suffering. Finally, he looks to the living world for inspiration, metaphors, and models for human transformation. Man’s Fate and God’s Choice incisively covers an array of issues and proposes an agenda for action as it challenges those who see misery and ask “Why?” to also see the promise in the rainbow and then ask “Why not?”
Description : This book is an original philosophic exploration of the meaning of Kierkegaard's life, his thought, and his works. It makes a bold case for Kierkegaard's recognition of the concrete existence of the individual, including Kierkegaard himself, as crucial to the spiritual life. Written with delicate insight, and beautifully translated from Hebrew, this work offers valuable new turns to understanding the puzzling life-work of a modern giant of spiritual reflection.
Description : Originally published by Rand McNally in 1967 and now out-of-print, the first edition of The Traditions of the Western World, edited by J.H. Hexter with the assistance of John W. Snyder, Peter Riesenberg, Franklin L. Ford, and Klaus Epstein, provided teachers with a wide variety of historical documents to introduce the college reader to the traditions of the Western world. This shortened version of the text concentrates on Riesenberg's section. The Middle Ages, The Renaissance, and the Reformation, as well as a portion of Ford's, The Early Modern Period.
I understand that it is indeed tough to be a man in God's economy, but we are called to be leaders and to walk in Christ's footprints. Our society has a difficult time placing man in a satisfactory role that would complement the Madison Avenue advertising group or the image-makers of Hollywood. They have decided the roles of leader, head of household, faithful husband and father, and moral compass don't seem to fit anymore. This thinking is totally unacceptable and should raise flags of discontent in every Christian household.
As a group in today's world, men need to take back the responsibilities that they have either given away or have had stolen from them, and collectively become the men that Jesus spoke about in his word. There is no excuse for behavior that is not pleasing to God and therefore not profitable to any man. Do not let your earthly condition dictate your spiritual position.
Description : This volume of essays presents a compelling and comprehensive analysis of the intriguing issue of the gift of the land of Israel and the fate of the Canaanites as presented in diverse biblical sources. Jewish thought has long grappled with the moral and theological implications and challenges of this issue. Innovative interpretive strategies and philosophical reflections were offered, modified, and sometimes rejected over the centuries. Leading contemporary scholars follow these threads of interpretation offered by Jewish thinkersfrom antiquity to modern times.
Description : Theological concepts continue to maintain political concepts well after those theological concepts are no longer supported by belief. Cities on the Plains examines some of these concepts in the light of five different times and places. It is both a response to theological concerns in contemporary political theory and broadly accessible examination of familiar political issues touched by the divine - such as gay marriage, 911, or the French tradition of laicité. Concerns of difference and the divine are pursued through broadly familiar texts (the Bible, and Gore Vidal), significant texts of political theory (Plato and Augustine), and less common texts (Averroes). Gods, or the intellectual territory they used to occupy, are treated as important features of the political; contesting with these gods can help us visit, defend, and desire, (to paraphrase Deleuze and Guatarri) new cities and new peoples.
Description : The concept of universal total depravity is not found anywhere in the Bible. Every Scripture passage Calvinists quote in attempting to show this fraudulent theology to be true is either taken out of context or is incorrectly translated or both. In the end, total depravity makes God a monster and the Gospel anything but "Good News" for those who are not selected by God for salvation. For a more thorough treatment of total depravity and the other four points of the T.U.L.I.P. read Calvinism's Conflicts: Examining the Problems in Reformed Theology
Description : Catholics, Calvinists, Mennonites, Arminians, Libertines--the Dutch Republic has always been renowned for its religious diversity. This book asks a simple but novel question: why did individual Dutch believers decide to join, or not to join, one of the many churches, and what consequences did these decisions have for their lives? It addresses this problem through the unique collection of autobiographical writings by the Utrecht lawyer Arnoldus Buchelius (1565-1641). Raised a Catholic, he was for some time without any religious affiliation, then became a Libertine Protestant, and ultimately developed into a committed Contra-Remonstrant Calvinist. Judith Pollmann argues that it is important to understand religious choice as a response to anxieties about the salvation of a society undergoing rapid change. She demonstrates how Dutch believers' approach to church membership enabled them to combine strong confessional partisanship with an ongoing ability to appreciate the piety of individuals of other churches, and thus proposes a new explanation for the absence of religious violence in a multi-confessional society.