Reinhold Niebuhr and Christian Realism by Robin W. Lovin

By Robin W. Lovin

Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971) used to be an enormous American theologian and political philosopher of the mid-twentieth century. He has acquired a lot recognition from biographers and historians in recent times, yet, because his suggestion continues to be very suitable for modern ethics, a reassessment is due of what he could give a contribution to present considering politics and society. This e-book is meant to provide Niebuhr's rules approximately "Christian Realism" in a manner that might be valuable to those who are puzzling over present day social concerns.

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Dialectical Theology and Jacques Ellul: An Introductory by Jacob E. Van Vleet

By Jacob E. Van Vleet

In Dialectical Theology and Jacques Ellul, Jacob E. Van Vleet argues that the paintings of Jacques Ellul is frequently—and deleteriously—misread because of inattention to the theological underpinning that governs Ellul’s inspiration. In a penetrating research, the 1st of its sort, Van Vleet offers a sizeable account of the theological constitution of Ellul’s paintings and demonstrates the determinative position that theology, particularly dialectical theology, performs in a formal realizing of Ellul.

Van Vleet bargains a big creation to Ellul’s inspiration, his contribution to theology and philosophy, and the way his philosophy of know-how is either theologically knowledgeable and culturally suitable. to boot, this paintings situates Ellul’s theological and philosophical suggestion inside an enormous genetic context, from Kierkegaard to the dialectical theologians of the 20th century.

“Jacob Van Vleet's synoptic research of Ellul's writings presents an important counterbalance to the pessimistic interpretation so usually encountered. definite, Ellul warned opposed to enslavement to human method and expertise. yet, no, he didn't condone a violent reaction. As Van Vleet's research makes transparent, Ellul supplied for wish, no longer in response to politics and the kingdom, yet on a retreat from the hunt for the illusory advantages of strength, social status, and fabric possessions, turning as an alternative towards the true merits of humility, love, and openness to the opposite. This e-book merits the widest attainable readership.” —Randal Marlin, Carleton collage

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Naming the Antichrist: The History of an American Obsession by Robert C. Fuller

By Robert C. Fuller

The Antichrist, even though pointed out an insignificant 4 occasions within the Bible, after which merely obscurely, has exercised a decent carry on well known mind's eye all through background. This has been relatively real within the united states, says writer Robert C. Fuller, the place american citizens have tended to view our state as uniquely blessed through God--a trust that leaves us specifically susceptible to demonizing our enemies. In Naming the Antichrist, Fuller takes us on a desirable trip in the course of the darkish facet of the yankee spiritual psyche, from the earliest American colonists correct as much as modern fundamentalists similar to Pat Robertson and Hal Lindsey. Fuller starts off by means of supplying a short heritage of the assumption of the Antichrist and its origins within the apocalyptic concept within the Judeo-Christian culture, and lines the eventual 71Gws how the colonists observed Antichrist personified in local americans and French Catholics, in Anne Hutchinson, Roger Williams, and the witches of Salem, within the Church of britain and the King. He appears on the moment nice Awakening within the early 19th century, exhibiting how such well-known americans as Yale president Timothy Dwight and the Reverend Jedidiah Morse (father of Samuel Morse) observed the paintings of the Antichrist in phenomena starting from the French Revolution to Masonry. within the 20th century, he reveals a startling array of hate-mongers--from Gerald Winrod (who vilified Roosevelt as a pawn of the Antichrist) to the Ku Klux Klan--who drew on apocalyptic imagery of their assaults on Jews, Catholics, blacks, socialists, and others. ultimately, Fuller considers modern fundamentalist writers similar to Hal Lindsey (author of The past due nice Planet Earth, with a few 19 million copies sold), Mary Stewart Relfe (whose applicants for the Antichrist have integrated such figures as Henry Kissinger, Pope John Paul II, and Anwar Sadat), and a bunch of others who've stumbled on Antichrist within the sinister guise of the ecu monetary group, the nationwide Council of church buildings, feminism, New Age religions, or even grocery store barcodes and fibre optics (the latter functioning as ''the eye of the Antichrist''). all through, Fuller unearths in shiny element how our targeted American obsession with the Antichrist displays the fight to appreciate ourselves--and our enemies--within the mythic context of the conflict of absolute strong as opposed to absolute evil. From the Scofield Reference Bible (no different ebook had higher effect at the American Antichrist culture) to the Scopes Monkey Trial, Fuller offers an informative and sometimes startling examine a thread that weaves over and over all through American spiritual and cultural lifestyles.

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The Embrace of Eros: Bodies, Desires, and Sexuality in by Margaret D. Kamitsuka

By Margaret D. Kamitsuka

The subject of sexuality intersects without delay with the main contested ancient, theological, and moral questions of our day. during this edgy but profound quantity, famous students and theologians assay the Christian tradition's vintage and modern understandings of intercourse, sexuality, and sexual identification.

The venture unfolds in 3 levels: modern exams of the Christian culture, new wondering eros and being human religiously, and new views on vintage mysteries in mild of eros and embodiment.

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Charting Churches in a Changing Europe: Charta Oecumenica by Tim Noble, Ivana Noble, Martien E. Brinkman, Jochen

By Tim Noble, Ivana Noble, Martien E. Brinkman, Jochen Hilberath

The international locations of Europe are searching for to redefine themselves, either separately and with regards to one another. This quantity examines the position of the Christian church buildings at a number of degrees of that technique. The Charta Oecumenica, a ground-breaking record from the convention of church buildings in Europe and the Council of ecu Bishops' meetings, aimed to set forth the ecumenical reaction of the ecu Christian church buildings to the dwelling out of religion in modern day international. 4 theologians, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Lutheran, reply to this rfile, assessing its strengths and the components the place extra improvement is needed. no less than implicitly this dialogue increases questions about the character of catholicity and communion, a subject matter the next 4 essays tackle. what's catholicity, what occurs whilst there's too powerful an emphasis at the nationwide church, and are there types of slow church communion to which the church buildings may perhaps assent? sluggish communion units out to achieve complete, together with sacramental, solidarity and the ultimate essays discover how sacramental theology may possibly help in this approach.

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The Dawkins Delusion?: Atheist Fundamentalism and the Denial by Joanna Collicutt Mcgrath, Alister E. McGrath

By Joanna Collicutt Mcgrath, Alister E. McGrath

World-renowned scientist Richard Dawkins writes in The God Delusion: "If this e-book works as I intend, non secular readers who open will probably be atheists once they positioned it down."

The quantity has got large insurance, fueled a lot passionate debate and brought on no longer a bit confusion. Alister McGrath, together with his spouse, Joanna, are perfect to guage Dawkins's rules. as soon as an atheist himself, he won a doctorate in molecular biophysics prior to happening to develop into a number one Christian theologian. He wonders how humans, who've mirrored at size on considerably an analogous international, might be able to have come to such diverse conclusions approximately God.

McGrath matters Dawkins's critique of religion to rigorous scrutiny. His exhilarating, meticulously argued reaction bargains with questions comparable to Is religion highbrow nonsense? Are technology and faith locked in a conflict to the demise? Can the roots of Christianity be defined away scientifically? Is Christianity easily a strength for evil?

This booklet should be warmly got by way of these trying to find a competent evaluation of The God Delusion and the numerous questions it raises--including, peculiarly, the relevance of religion and the hunt for meaning.

Literary Awards
2008 Christian Bookseller's Covention e-book of the yr Award winner!

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From Despair to Faith: The Spirituality of Søren Kierkegaard by Christopher B. Barnett

By Christopher B. Barnett

Søren Kierkegaard has been referred to as many stuff, from brooding genius and "melancholy Dane" to the daddy of existentialism. but, instead of make clear the character of Kierkegaard’s writings, such labels have frequently obscured different very important elements of his authorship. Such, certainly, is the case with Kierkegaard’s status as a non secular author.

In From depression to religion: The Spirituality of Søren Kierkegaard, Christopher B. Barnett endeavors to treatment this challenge. He does so in overarching methods. First, he orients the reader to Kierkegaard’s grounding within the Christian non secular culture, in addition to to the Dane’s personal authorial pressure on topics similar to upbuilding, religious trip, and religion. moment, Barnett keeps that Kierkegaard’s spirituality is healthier understood in the course of the quite a few "pictures" that populate his authorship. those photographs are deemed "icons of faith," for the reason that Kierkegaard always recommends that the reader think about them. during this approach, they either symbolize and converse what Kierkegaard sees because the achievement of Christian existence.

In the top, then, From depression to religion not just bargains a brand new means of coming near near Kierkegaard's writings, but in addition indicates how they could serve to light up and to deepen one's courting with the divine.

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Astrotheology & Shamanism: Christianity's Pagan Roots. A by Jan Irvin, Andrew Rutajit, Nicholas Zervos

By Jan Irvin, Andrew Rutajit, Nicholas Zervos

Jan Irvin and Andrew Rutajit delve deep into Judeo-Christian symbolism and mythology in Astrotheology & Shamanism to bare the genuine origins of Christianity in fertility cults and entheogenic drug use. The authors convey, with using various photos, textual citations, and etymological analyses, how the symbols utilized in Christian paintings and encoded in sacred texts reference sacramental use of psychedelic mushrooms in addition to historical astronomical wisdom. this information has been saved mystery from the general public, although, and the reality has remained hid in the back of a crusade to ban entry to entheogenic sacraments via a Pharmacratic Inquisition (of which the present “War on medications” is the most recent manifestation). besides a choice to get up to the real historical past of Judeo-Christian culture, the authors demand a go back to direct non secular adventure via visionary sacraments unmediated via dominating non secular associations. it is a robust and provocative publication that's guaranteed to problem and encourage. - Martin W. Ball, Ph.D. writer, The Entheogenic Evolution: Psychedelics, recognition and Awakening the Human Spirit

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Žižek and theology by Adam Kotsko

By Adam Kotsko

Slavoj Žižek has been referred to as an "academic rock star." As public visibility of the Slovenian thinker and psychoanalyst raises, so too does the intensity of his engagement with Christian theology. Žižek's fresh paintings contains prolonged remedies of key Christian thinkers from Paul, Pascal, and Kierkegaard to G. okay. Chesterton and C. S. Lewis, whereas Christology and different theological topics have supplied an important issues of reference. Žižek has even acknowledged that "to turn into a real dialectical materialist, one may still struggle through the Christian experience." yet Žižek's paintings on Christianity frequently overwhelms scholars of theology. to make certain, Žižek's variety of argumentation is rare and his techniques are advanced. however the extra uncomplicated challenge is that his paintings on Christianity is an additional improvement of a broader highbrow undertaking verified in lots of volumes produced during the Nineties. This publication will carry scholars of theology on top of things in this broader highbrow venture, with an eye fixed towards what brings Žižek to an particular engagement with Christianity and the way either his previous and newer works are suitable for theological mirrored image.

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The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most by Justin Taylor, Andreas J. Köstenberger

By Justin Taylor, Andreas J. Köstenberger

Walk With Jesus in the course of His final Week on Earth

On March 29, advert 33, Jesus entered the town of Jerusalem and boldly expected that he may quickly be positioned to death—executed on a move, like a standard felony. So all started crucial week of crucial one who ever lived.

Nearly 2,000 years later, the occasions that happened in the course of Jesus’s final days nonetheless reverberate during the a while. Designed as a daily advisor to ardour Week, The ultimate Days of Jesus leads us to reexamine and meditate at the history-making, earth-shaking value of Jesus’s arrest, trial, crucifixion, and empty tomb.

Combining a chronological association of the Gospel bills with insightful remark, charts, and maps, this booklet may help you larger comprehend what truly occurred all these years ago—and why it concerns at the present time.

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