A journey through Christian theology : with texts from the by William P. Anderson, Richard L. Diesslin, William P.

By William P. Anderson, Richard L. Diesslin, William P. Anderson

The background of Christian theology could be a daunting, even forbidding box for the beginner, who sees neither the necessity for nor pertinence of rummaging round dusty previous texts. This people-friendly quantity, a full-scale reader within the heritage of Christian theology, deals a simple, non-threatening, sometimes funny but rather thorough access into Christianity's vital texts from the Apostolic Fathers to Mary Daly. it's also enlivened via dozens of cartoons by means of wealthy Diesslin.

Highly obtainable introductions to 5 sessions precede short introductions to and texts from greater than fifty key thinkers. The texts spotlight perennial topics and questions in Christian culture, particularly the which means and significance of Jesus, demanding situations to the institutional church, tensions of religion and cause, spirituality, and the Christian quest for social justice. the recent variation, part back as huge because the unique, provides major paintings from the Cappadocian Fathers and the Christological controversialists, the Franciscan culture, the novel and English reforms, and deeper assurance of twentieth-century theologians. With studying aids, research-paper feedback and consultant, and word list

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Justin was born to non-Christian parents in Sichem in Palestine and flourished during the period 143–65. He tried many different approaches to find meaning in life, such as the philosophies of Stoicism, Pythagoreanism, Aristotelianism, and Platonism, the last of which he ultimately found appealing. It was in the new faith of the Christian community, however, that Justin found his truth, for while Platonism had opened many doors of life to him, it was only Christianity that filled his heart. The Path of Christian Philosophy Legend has it that an old man at the seashore convinced Justin that Platonism could not fulfill his needs and called his attention to the “prophets who alone announced the truth” (Dialogue with Trypho 8).

Logos was a term common to both Greek philosophy and Christian theology and denotes the principle of rationality that informs all being. In many Greek philosophical schools (for example, Platonism), it was one of the ways in which humans saw themselves connected to the Creator of the universe. In Christian thought, it is very prominent in the literature of the Johannine tradition, especially the prologue to the Gospel of John, where Jesus is first seen as the logos personified. We have always translated logos in this Gospel with the English term “word,” although it is more technical than that.

But by preserving the framework you shall ascend to that which is perfect (IV, 39, 2). A Reflection In considering the theology of Irenaeus, we should keep in mind that we are not dealing with a systematic theologian or philosopher of religion who derives all of his or her conclusions from a few speculative principles. It is best to see theology and religion as a journey, as Irenaeus himself saw it, from creation to consummation. The Concept of God The God of Irenaeus has existed from eternity and has created all things out of nothing.

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