The Center is Jesus Christ Himself

The Center is Jesus Christ Himself

Author: Andrew Meszaros

Publisher: CUA Press

ISBN: 9780813234106

Category: Religion

Page: 360

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The polarization in the Church today can be traced back to a more fundamental crisis in theology, one which has failed to connect our mundane experiences and the mysteries of the Christian faith with the person of Jesus Christ. Ecclesial discourse on the so-called ‘hot- button issues’ of the day too often take place without considering the foundation and goal of the Church. And this is unfortunately due to a similar tendency in the academic theology that informs that ecclesial discourse. In short, much of post-conciliar Catholic theology is adrift, floating aimlessly away from the center of the Christian faith, who is Christ. The Center is Jesus Christ Himself is a collection of essays which anchor theological reflection in Jesus Christ. These diverse essays share a unified focal point, but engage with a variety of theological subdisciplines (e.g., dogmatic, moral, Biblical, etc.), areas (e.g., Christology, Pneumatology, missiology, etc.), and periods (e.g., patristic, medieval, and modern). Given the different combinations of sub-disciplines, areas, and periods, theology is susceptible to fragmentation when it is not held together by some principle of unity. A theology in which the person of Jesus Christ serves as that principle of unity is a Christocentric theology. Together, the essays illustrate not only what Christocentric theology looks like, but also what the consequences are when Christ is dislodged from the center, whether by a conspicuous silence on, or by a relativization of, his unique salvific mission. The volume is published in honor of Emeritus Professor of Systematic Theology at Boston College, Rev. Dr. Robert P. Imbelli, who dedicated his teaching and writing to bringing Christ back to the center of Catholic theological discourse.

In the Center of God's will

In the Center of God's will

Author: Minister Craig L. Deloney

Publisher: Xulon Press

ISBN: 9781498431651

Category: Religion

Page: 164

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To whom do we belong – God or the world? Many of our daily preoccupations tend to suggest that we belong more to the world than to God. Even the slightest criticism—constructive or not--can make us angry, and feeling just a small hint of rejection makes can send us into a whirlpool of feeling down. However, a compliment can easily lift our spirits, and even a small amount of success can be exciting. As the author quotes, “often we are like small boats on the ocean, completely at the mercy of the waves.” Whether we feel as though we belong to the world or to our creator, one thing remains true: the world offers conditional love – “I will love you if you make a lot of money,” for instance, or, “I will love you when we aren’t fighting.” God’s love, however, is unconditional, saying the complete opposite: “I will love you if you do make a lot of money or if you don’t,” or even, “I will love you even when you’re mad at me.”

The Identity of Jesus Christ

The Identity of Jesus Christ

Author: Hans W. Frei

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781579100575

Category: Religion

Page: 201

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In this seminal work, Frei considers the concepts of Jesus' identity and presence, maintaining that the logic of Christian faith requires that we begin with identity, not presence. Drawing on Ryles' philosophy, Frei argues that a person isÓ primarily what they say or do. Hence, theologians should not look for Jesus' essence by looking past the stories but must look to the stories themselves.

Karl Barth and the Future of Evangelical Theology

Karl Barth and the Future of Evangelical Theology

Author: Christian T Collins Winn

Publisher: ISD LLC

ISBN: 9780227906392

Category: Religion

Page: 314

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The theology of Karl Barth has often been a productive dialogue partner for evangelical theology, but for too long the dialogue has been dominated by questions of orthodoxy. Karl Barth and the Future of Evangelical Theology contributes to the conversation through a creative reconfiguration of both partners in the conversation, neither of whom can be rightly understood as preservers of Protestant orthodoxy. Rather, American evangelicalism is identified with the revivalist forms of Protestantism that arose in the post-Reformation era, while Barth is revisited as a theologian attuned both to divine and human agency. In the ensuing conversation, questions of orthodoxy are not eliminated but subordinated to a concern for the life of God and God's people. By offering an alternative to the dominant constraints, this book opens up new avenues for fruitful conversation on Barth and the future of evangelical theology.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ

The Revelation of Jesus Christ

Author: Alfred J. Chompff

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 9781449792534

Category: Religion

Page:

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This book is a commentary on the Revelation of Jesus Christ from a totally Biblical perspective, stripped from all speculation about the end times. The Author is a pastor at the Reformed Bible Church in Southern California. The author was trained to be a self-studying Chemical Engineer; has held research positions at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan, and at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and at Avery Research Center in Pasadena, California. The Lord has allowed us to expand our services in having two weekly Bible Studies within the medium of “Skype”, allowing conference calls with people in the USA and the UK and Australia.

Christ at the Center

Christ at the Center

Author: Lisa D. Maugans Driver

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9780664228972

Category: Religion

Page: 259

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This volume in the Westminster History of Christian Thought series is an accessible introduction to the main theological disputes and debates that helped shape the early Christian church. Author Lisa Driver illustrates how early Christians' interactions with one another in worship and in their care for strangers and the poor shaped how they came to understand God, Christ, and other important aspects of their Christian beliefs. This interrelation of faith and practice is the clarifying lens through which the story of emerging Christian thought is told. Questions for discussion with each chapter make this book an excellent resource for classroom use.

Studies in Doctrine

Studies in Doctrine

Author: Alister E. McGrath

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310213266

Category: Religion

Page: 480

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Four outstanding McGrath books are here in one volume that gives a clear, thoughtful, and highly readable introduction to the basic doctrines of the Christian faith.

Divine Freedom and the Doctrine of the Immanent Trinity

Divine Freedom and the Doctrine of the Immanent Trinity

Author: Paul D. Molnar

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780567657411

Category: Religion

Page: 544

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Divine Freedom and the Doctrine of the Immanent Trinity is widely acclaimed by scholars in the field of Christian systematic theology. Molnar's quest to place the doctrine of the immanent Trinity on the agenda of the Christian doctrine of God has proven to be a signal contribution to the debate in contemporary Christian theology. The material in this second edition has been thoroughly updated: it contains a new preface and a new introduction, as well as a revised bibliography. The book includes a brand new chapter titled 'Divine Freedom Revisited' which addresses those questions that have arisen in connection with Molnar's original presentation of the divine freedom. Molnar re-visits here his discussion of the Logos Asarkos, the theologies of Karl Rahner and Wolfhart Pannenberg. He sheds new light on Rahner's and Torrance's discussions of the Resurrection; and incorporates modern discussions by contemporary theologians to offer new insights into Eberhard Jüngel's thinking.

Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs

Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs

Author: John Ankerberg

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

ISBN: 1565071603

Category: Religion

Page: 670

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This comprehensive, indexed volume includes short, one-page listings of pertinent facts about a particular movement, its founder, how it claims to work, scientific evaluations done, and its potential dangers. Some topics covered are angels, visualization, shamanism, hypnosis, new age medicine and martial arts.

Following Jesus

Following Jesus

Author: Blake Ferriss

Publisher: Word Alive Press

ISBN: 9781486601851

Category: Religion

Page: 456

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Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” John 8:12, NLT Following Jesus: An Approach to Christian Spirituality provides a basis for understanding how the Lordship of Christ is the essential criterion for determining how Christianity functions as a relational experience with God. With that relational experience, for the believer in Christ, being the product of supernatural experience with the Holy Spirit. The book functions as an organizing tool to be used for a conscientious inquiry into how a Christian worldview operates in four relational categories of experience. With these relational categories act as a basis for understanding how our choices affect our lives, and our futures, both now and in life, and eternally, and how it is that God loves us and will give our lives the meaning and purpose that we all long for.

Thomas F. Torrance

Thomas F. Torrance

Author: Paul D. Molnar

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317010470

Category: Religion

Page: 423

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This book provides an important study of the theology of Thomas F. Torrance, who is generally considered to have been one of the most significant theologians writing in English during the twentieth century, with a view toward showing how his theological method and all his major doctrinal views were shaped by his understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity. Torrance pursued a theology that was realist because he attempted to think in accordance with the unique nature of the object that is known. In holding to such a methodology, he drew an analogy between theology and natural science. This book demonstrates how, for Torrance, God relates with humanity within time and space so that creation finds its meaning in relation to God and not in itself; this enabled him to avoid many theological pitfalls such as agnosticism, subjectivism and dualism while explaining the positive implications of various Christian doctrines in a penetrating and compelling manner. This book offers an important resource for students of theology and for scholars who are interested in seeing how serious dogmatic theology shapes and should shape our understanding of the Christian life.

Alpha and Omega

Alpha and Omega

Author: Robert W. Jenson

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 9781592440078

Category: Religion

Page: 176

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The theology of Karl Barth, the world-renowned German religious philosopher, has won the interest of intelligent laymen as well as clergymen, seminarians, and students. This book is an analysis of the way in which Barth describes the existence of Christ as the beginning and end of human history. From the dominant clichŽ of modern theology--ÒChristianity is an historical religionÓ--it untangles three questions which it then directs to Barth's writings: 1. To what end does God rule human history? 2. In what sense does God have a history and what is the relation between His history and ours? 3. What does the Christian assertion that Jesus, an historical event, is the meaning of life, say about the meaning of reality? Through investigation of these questions, Alpha and Omega presents Barth's theology as an answer to the challenge presented by the loss of man's ancient belief in an eternal and unchanging framework and in a goal of life. The Church must speak to man as it þnds him. Today it cannot assume that man already believes in Òjustice,Ó Ògoodness,Ó and ÒGod.Ó Christianity must learn to present Jesus Christ, in his unadulterated historical reality, as the meaning of man's life. Alpha and Omega shows that Barth's development of a proclamation in which Christ's life is seen as the unconditional goal of the history of creation, in which to live means to become Christ's brother and share in His story, is one of theology's few live possibilities--if not the only one.