The Image of God

The Image of God
Author: Eleonore Stump
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2022-04-14
ISBN: 0192663666
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Image of God Book Excerpt:

The problem of evil has generated varying attempts at theodicy. To show that suffering is defeated for a sufferer, a theodicy argues that there is an outweighing benefit which could not have been gotten without the suffering. Typically, this condition has the tacit presupposition given that this is a post-Fall world. Consequently, there is a sense in which human suffering would not be shown to be defeated even if there were a successful theodicy because a theodicy typically implies that the benefit in question could have been gotten without the suffering if there had not been a Fall. There is a part of the problem of evil that would remain, then, even if there were a successful theodicy. This is the problem of mourning: even defeated suffering in the post-Fall world merits mourning. How is this warranted mourning compatible with the existence of an omniscient, omnipotent, perfectly good God? The traditional response to this problem is the felix culpa view, which maintains that the original sin was fortunate because there is an outweighing benefit to sufferers that could not be gotten in a world without suffering. The felix culpa view presupposes an object of evaluation, namely, the true self of a human being, and a standard of evaluation for human lives. This book explores these and a variety of other topics in philosophical theology in order to explain and evaluate the role of suffering in human lives.

Mighty Stories Dangerous Rituals

Mighty Stories  Dangerous Rituals
Author: Herbert Anderson,Edward Foley
Publsiher: Fortress Press
Total Pages: 212
Release: 2019-02-01
ISBN: 1506454801
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mighty Stories Dangerous Rituals Book Excerpt:

Shaping our journey into the Divine This moving and enlightening book presents us with a compelling vision of what can happen when we take the opportunity to connect stories and rituals--a vision of individuals and communities transformed through a deeper sense of connection to our loved ones, our communities, and God. Herbert Anderson and Edward Foley reveal how when stories and rituals work together, they have the potential to be both mighty and dangerous--mighty in their ability to lift us up and help us make these connections beyond ourselves and dangerous in challenging us to learn to live with complexity and contradiction. They show how much more meaningful a baptism, wedding, or funeral can be when liturgy is made to include and recognize the personal stories of those involved. Suddenly, these familiar life-cycle rituals are infused with new life as participants become connected in a narrative web linking past and present, human and divine. Newly created rituals can also help us connect our stories to the divine story, giving meaning to what we experience and bringing us closer to God. Ministers, worship leaders, and pastoral caregivers can use this approach to storytelling and ritual to find ways to bring together worship and pastoral care.

Telling God s Story

Telling God s Story
Author: Preben Vang,Terry G. Carter
Publsiher: B&H Publishing Group
Total Pages: 544
Release: 2021-02-01
ISBN: 1535991593
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Telling God s Story Book Excerpt:

Telling God’s Story looks closely at the Bible from its beginning in Genesis to its conclusion in Revelation. By approaching Scripture as one purposefully flowing narrative, emphasizing the inter-connectedness of the text, veteran college professors Preben Vang and Terry G. Carter reinforce the Bible’s greatest teachings and help readers in their own ability to share God’s story effectively with others. Updated to include more interaction with biblical theology and a new section on the intertestamental period, this third edition of Telling God's Story is ideal for Christians seeking to grow in their understanding of God’s Word.

Together Again

Together Again
Author: John C' de Baca
Publsiher: WestBow Press
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2014-03-28
ISBN: 1490829881
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Together Again Book Excerpt:

Is your spiritual life just ho-hum? Or, are you a committed Christian who is well-acquainted with the Bible? Either way, this book is for you. Its a fistful of fresh truth that smacks you right in the face. Its an unnerving, eye-opening expos of basic Christian beliefs to jolt you into wakefulness and point you to the truth. Youve probably been committing idolatry unawares. Your ideas about God, death, the creation, salvation, the cross, and other vital issues you thought you knew will be turned on their head. This is not a feely-touchy book on self-improvement. Its a dagger thrust to the heart of what the churches of Christianity have wrongly taught for centuries. Its aimed at your head, not your emotions or feelings. And yet, its passionately written by a committed, Bible-believing Christian. It wont leave you in the dumps or destroy your faith. It will inspire you to higher aspirations, bigger dreams, and larger vistas. Here is the truth, undiluted and full strength. God wants you to share in his very inner being. But first you must be deprogrammed. You must leave behind the false beliefs in which you were indoctrinated. This book will help you do just that.

Discerning the Divine

Discerning the Divine
Author: Barry L. Callen
Publsiher: Westminster John Knox Press
Total Pages: 238
Release: 2004-01-01
ISBN: 9780664227524
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Discerning the Divine Book Excerpt:

An ideal introduction to Christian theology,Discerning the Divinepresents the doctrine of God as the most important subject in Christian believing and living. Chapters discuss the complex God question and the task of Christian theology. Includes a glossary of terms.

The Gospel in a Pluralist Society

The Gospel in a Pluralist Society
Author: Lesslie Newbigin
Publsiher: SPCK
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2014-02-20
ISBN: 0281071640
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Gospel in a Pluralist Society Book Excerpt:

How does the gospel relate to a pluralist society? What is the Christian message in a society marked by religious pluralism, ethnic diversity and cultural relativism? Should Christians concentrate on evangelism or dialogue? The Gospel in a Pluralist Society addresses these kinds of questions - providing an excellent analysis of contemporary culture and suggests how Christians can more confidently affirm their faith in such a context. While drawing on scholars such as Michael Polanyi, Alasdair MacIntyre, Hendrikus Berkof, Walter Wink and Robert Wuthnow, this heartfelt work by a missionary pastor and preacher is not only suited to an academic readership; it also offers to Christian leaders and lay people many thoughtful, helpful and provocative reflections. When Lesslie Newbigin died in 1998, The Times' obituary writer described him as 'one of the foremost missionary statesmen of his generation', and amongst 'the outstanding figures on the world Christian stage of the second half of the century'. The Gospel in a Pluralist Society has been widely influential and deserves to be reissued as an SPCK Classic.

The Forgotten Gospel of Jesus

The Forgotten Gospel of Jesus
Author: Charles Heavilin
Publsiher: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.
Total Pages: 116
Release: 2019-02-22
ISBN: 1643496468
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Forgotten Gospel of Jesus Book Excerpt:

With little or no agreement on the deeper meanings of the gospel of Christ and what it truly means to bear the name Christian, the contemporary church in the United States is in fragmented disarray. Much of our time and energy in church is spent on what others say or think about Christ, often neglecting to focus on his own words. Church problems today frequently arise because we have failed to follow Christ's teachings, preferring to emphasize other biblical passages and looking in the wrong places for our directions. When we return our focus and attention consistently to what Christ has said and discover what it truly means to "take his yoke and learn" from him, today's Christian and today's church will be capable of fulfilling their mission and calling. While exploring the historical and sociological backdrop that precipitated the Church's current confusion and brokenness, this book examines scriptural passages essential to providing a Christ-centered gospel and restoring the concept of vital Christianity. This book results from a lifetime of contemplation on the role of Christianity and the church in today's society and what it means to be truly Christian in today's world. It is my hope that this book will make a difference, bringing about a more Christ-centered Church. Let me behold thy face O blessed Master, O let me see thy beauty and be blessed.

The Magnificent Goodness of God and How It Will Transform Your Life

The Magnificent Goodness of God and How It Will Transform Your Life
Author: Timothy Rowe
Publsiher: Xulon Press
Total Pages: 424
Release: 2012-07-10
ISBN: 160957995X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Magnificent Goodness of God and How It Will Transform Your Life Book Excerpt:

The goodness of God is one of the most revolutionary truths of the Bible, but our generation has lost faith in the goodness of God. The image you carry in your heart of God and what He is like will dramatically affect your life, character, and destiny. Do you believe God can be your hero? Do you believe God has a good heart? Do you believe that God can transform you into the type of Christian that you always wanted to be? When we begin to understand and believe what it means when the Bible boldly declares that "God is good always," our lives will begin a breathtaking transformation, as we rise up to be a mighty witness for our Lord. Anyone who has been touched with the goodness of God cannot come away the same. The goodness of God encompasses everything that God is, and is a perfect representation of all His characteristics. The goodness of God is the foundation of all His works, plans, and purposes. If we are to understand what God is like, we must first know that He is good, and not evil. The devil works tirelessly to keep the truth of the goodness of God lost in the mindset of this world, and marshals all of his forces to cause confusion about the true character of our God. The goodness of God is the pinnacle point of the spiritual battle that rages all around us. Understanding the goodness of God is first and foremost in spiritual warfare, because without this, you can never stand for God faithfully

The Perfectibility of Human Nature in Eastern and Western Thought

The Perfectibility of Human Nature in Eastern and Western Thought
Author: Harold Coward
Publsiher: SUNY Press
Total Pages: 219
Release: 2008-02-07
ISBN: 9780791473368
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Perfectibility of Human Nature in Eastern and Western Thought Book Excerpt:

Explores the issue of the perfectibility of nature in philosophy, psychology, and a variety of world religions.

The Second Vatican Council on Other Religions

The Second Vatican Council on Other Religions
Author: Gerald O'Collins
Publsiher: OUP Oxford
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2013-03-28
ISBN: 019165289X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Second Vatican Council on Other Religions Book Excerpt:

Many observers greeted the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) as the most important religious event in the twentieth century. Its implementation and impact are still being felt in the Catholic Church, the wider Christian world, and beyond. One sea change that Vatican II brought concerned Roman Catholic attitudes towards Judaism, Islam, and other religions. Gerald O'Collins breaks fresh ground by examining in detail five documents from the Council which embodied a new mindset about other religious faiths and mandated changes that quickly led to international and national dialogues between the Catholic Church and the followers of non-Christian religions. The book also includes chapters on the insights that prepared the way for the rethinking expressed by Vatican II, and on the follow-up to the Council's teaching found in the work of Pope John Paul II and Jacques Dupuis. O'Collins ably illustrates how the Council made a startling advance in official Catholic teaching about followers of other living faiths. Carefully researched, the book is written in the clear, accessible style that readers of previous works by O'Collins will recognize.

Biblical Foundations for Small Group Ministry

Biblical Foundations for Small Group Ministry
Author: Gareth Weldon Icenogle
Publsiher: InterVarsity Press
Total Pages: 396
Release: 1994-03-01
ISBN: 9780830817719
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Biblical Foundations for Small Group Ministry Book Excerpt:

Drawing on biblical teaching and the ministry of the early church, Gareth Weldon Icenogle offers guidance for setting up and running a biblically based small-group ministry program.

The Human Sacrifice

The Human Sacrifice
Author: Irislynn Russell
Publsiher: iUniverse
Total Pages: 492
Release: 2005-06
ISBN: 0595357873
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Human Sacrifice Book Excerpt:

Do you know the destiny for your life? Have you always wondered what life is all about and what part you play in it? Do you want to know more about the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? The Human Sacrifice will open your eyes to the reality of what life is really about. Whether you are a non-believer, a new believer, or one who is established in the Word of God, The Human Sacrifice will scintillate your taste for living a satisfying life. As you understand the absolute principles of God's Word of Integrity, Life in the Blood, the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit and other truths it will cause you to be confident in whom you are. As you are established in the foundational attributes of Anointing, Holiness, Dominion, Loyalty, Justice, Hope, Prayfulness, and other basic character traits, you will meet your destiny in life!

God as Loving Grace

God as Loving Grace
Author: Barry L. Callen
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 356
Release: 2018-06-27
ISBN: 1532652453
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

God as Loving Grace Book Excerpt:

""This work, impressively documented, avoids fruitless speculation and gets down to the basics of the Christian faith. In a clear writing style the author powerfully articulates the unique activity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and shows how the work of each complements the other."" Dr. Kenneth Kinghorn, Dean of the School of Theology, Asbury Theological Seminary ""Focus is all-important. This book, biblical throughout, proceeds from the perspective of God's loving grace, and maintains this perspective as the whole revelation of God is unfolded in its light. The Trinity is rightly honored as this theology interacts helpfully with many other theological views and clarifies anew much that traditionally has been valued. This is fresh material that serves the church fruitfully and also speaks meaningfully to contemporary culture--exactly what good theology should do."" Rev. Dr. James Earl Massey, Dean Emeritus, Anderson University School of Theology Dr. Barry L. Callen is Professor of Theology and Dean Emeritus of Anderson University and School of Theology. Former Editor of the Wesleyan Theological Journal and current Editor of Aldersgate Press, he holds graduate degrees in theology from Anderson, Asbury, and Chicago Theological Seminaries and has authored numerous books on theology.

The Inherence of Human Dignity

The Inherence of Human Dignity
Author: Barry Bussey,Angus Menuge
Publsiher: Anthem Press
Total Pages: 254
Release: 2021-02-15
ISBN: 1785276492
Category: Law
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Inherence of Human Dignity Book Excerpt:

Focused at the theoretical level, this volume seeks to clarify our understanding of various historical and contemporary concepts of human dignity. It examines the various meanings of the term 'dignity' before looking at the philosophical sources of dignity and both religious and secular attempts to provide a grounding for the notion. It also compares the merits and defects of older and newer concepts of dignity, including extensions of dignity to groups, animals, and machines.

The 52 Greatest Stories of the Bible

The 52 Greatest Stories of the Bible
Author: Kenneth Boa,John Alan Turner
Publsiher: Baker Books
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2008-09-02
ISBN: 1441223681
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The 52 Greatest Stories of the Bible Book Excerpt:

Classic Weekly Devotional through Some of the Bible's Most Fascinating Stories How well do everyday Christians know the stories that have shaped their faith? More than just a collection of significant and entertaining stories, The 52 Greatest Stories of the Bible impresses upon readers the beautiful interconnectedness of the varied narratives we find in the Bible. It: · connects the dots, demonstrating how each individual story is really one chapter in the larger story · shows how Jesus, especially his death and resurrection, is the point of the story, even when the Son of God is not a key player · helps readers build a biblical worldview that answers the ultimate questions of life Readers will gain a better grasp of the whole story of Scripture and, most importantly, why these stories are the ones God chose to preserve for us through the writers of the Bible.

The Idea of God

The Idea of God
Author: Kenneth A. Dobbs
Publsiher: Page Publishing Inc
Total Pages: 258
Release: 2020-11-20
ISBN: 164701820X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Idea of God Book Excerpt:

What holds society together? How does civilization survive from collapsing in on itself? In this work, Kenneth A. Dobbs describes how religion is the cause of civilization’s rise and prosperity. Beginning with psychological theories on human nature, Dobbs establishes that humanity needs the religious values of truth, beauty, and goodness to flourish. He then proves this psychological theory by analyzing religion’s role in the historical developments of civilization in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Jerusalem, Greece, Rome, and Christendom. He also responds to rebuttals and objections against the thesis that religion is still necessary for modern civilization. The Idea of God explores the historical, political, and philosophical implications of both the implementation and rejection of religion within human civilization. Dobbs articulates religion’s necessary role in civilization, while also provocatively predicting Western civilization’s fate for rejecting religion: societal collapse. The book follows a long intellectual tradition of historians and philosophers who have argued a similar thesis including Polybius, St. Augustine, Arnold Toynbee, Russel Kirk, Richard M. Weaver, and Christopher Dawson. Dobbs reintroduces these classical ideas to the modern world.

Lent Through Eastertide

Lent Through Eastertide
Author: David L. Bartlett,Barbara Brown Taylor
Publsiher: Westminster John Knox Press
Total Pages: 555
Release: 2010-10
ISBN: 0664231055
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lent Through Eastertide Book Excerpt:

"Feasting on the Word offers pastors focused resources for Sermon preparation, written by companions on the way. With four different essays on each of the four biblical texts assigned by the Revised Common Lectionary, this series offers preachers sixteen different ways into the proclamation of God's Word on any given occasion. For each reading, preachers will find brief essays on the exegetical, theological, homiletical, and pastoral challenges of the text. The page layout is unusual. By setting the biblical passage at the top of the page and placing the essays beneath it, we mean to suggest the interdependence of these four approaches without granting priority to any one of them. Some readers may decide to focus on the Gospel passage, for instance, by reading all four essays provided for that text. Others may decide to look for connections between the Hebrew Bible, Psalm, Gospel, and Epistle texts by reading the theological essays on each one. Wherever they begin, preachers will find what they need in a single volume produced by writers from a wide variety of disciplines and religious traditions. These authors teach in colleges and seminaries. They lead congregations. They write scholarly books as well as columns for the local newspaper. They oversee denominations. In all these capacities and more, they serve God's Word, joining the preacher in the ongoing challenge of bringing that Word to life.... We have been honored to work with a multitude of gifted thinkers, writers, and editors. We present these essays as their offering-and ours-to the blessed ministry of preaching."-From the introduction by David L. Bartlett, Barbara Brown Taylor

Transitions

Transitions
Author: David Mosser
Publsiher: Westminster John Knox Press
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2011
ISBN: 0664235433
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Transitions Book Excerpt:

Preacher and teacher David Mosser offers practical and spiritual guidance for pastors struggling to manage and respond to changes in the economy, changes in their neighborhoods, changes in their denominations, changes in the congregation, changes in culture, and the life changes present in every parishioner's life. Wise words from authors such as Alyce McKenzie, David Buttrick, Joanna Adams, and Thomas Long all contribute to this most timely and helpful book.

God is Green

God is Green
Author: Bob Shore-Goss
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 300
Release: 2016-10-28
ISBN: 1498299202
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

God is Green Book Excerpt:

At this time of climate crisis, here is a practical Christian ecospirituality. It emerges from the pastoral and theological experience of Reverend Robert Shore-Goss, who worked with his congregation by making the earth a member of the church, by greening worship, and by helping the church building and operations attain a carbon neutral footprint. Shore-Goss explores an ecospirituality grounded in incarnational compassion. Practicing incarnational compassion means following the lived praxis of Jesus and the commission of the risen Christ as Gardener. Jesus becomes the "green face of God." Restrictive Christian spiritualities that exclude the earth as an original blessing of God must expand. This expansion leads to the realization that the incarnation of Christ has deep roots in the earth and the fleshly or biological tissue of life. This book aims to foster ecological conversation in churches and outlines the following practices for congregations: meditating on nature, inviting sermons on green topics, covenanting with the earth, and retrieving the natural elements of the sacraments. These practices help us recover ourselves as fleshly members of the earth and the network of life. If we fall in love with God's creation, says Shore-Goss, we will fight against climate change.

Imminent Domain

Imminent Domain
Author: Ben Witherington III
Publsiher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Total Pages: 85
Release: 2009-03-31
ISBN: 0802863671
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Imminent Domain Book Excerpt:

Discussing both its present and future dimensions, Witherington brings out at length the implications of kingdom thinking for both theology and ethics, both praxis and worship.