Category: Christian Theology

  • Download The Kuyper Center Review, volume 4: Calvinism and Democracy by John Bowlin PDF

    By John Bowlin

    Explores the effect of Calvinism on democratic concept and practice

    Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) -- pastor, theologian, journalist, and flesh presser -- is extremely considered as exemplifying how a Christian worldview might be expectantly expressed in either idea and perform. Honoring the spirit of Kuyper's legacy, The Kuyper heart Review each year publishes titanic essays that relate the culture of Reformed theology to problems with public life.

    Kuyper used to be a critical strength, either political and highbrow, in the back of the democratization of politics and public lifestyles that happened within the Netherlands on the shut of the 19th century. This quantity displays on that legacy, not just analyzing its theological roots and historic context but additionally assessing democracy's customers in our personal day and contemplating the ways that Reformed theology could supply assets for democratic feedback and renewal.

    Contributors:
    Clifford B. Anderson
    Michael Brautigam
    Clay Cooke
    Michael DeMoor
    James Eglinton
    George Harinck
    Brant Himes
    David Little
    Jeffrey Stout
    Harry Van Dyke
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  • Download Salvation and Sovereignty by Kenneth Keathley PDF

    By Kenneth Keathley

    In Salvation and Sovereignty, Kenneth Keathley asks, “What shall a Christian do who's confident of sure valuable tenets of Calvinism yet no longer its corollaries?” He then writes, “I see salvation as a sovereign paintings of grace yet suspect that the standard Calvinist knowing of sovereignty (that God is the reason for all issues) isn't sustained by means of the biblical witness as a whole.”

    Aiming to unravel this subject, the writer argues that simply 3 of Calvinism’s 5 TULIP issues could be defended scripturally and in its place builds at the ROSES acronym first provided through Timothy George (Radical depravity, Overcoming grace, Sovereign election, Eternal lifestyles, Singular redemption). In relation, Keathley seems to be at salvation and sovereignty throughout the lens of Molinism, a doctrine named after Luis Molina (1535-1600) that's in accordance with a robust proposal of God’s keep watch over and an both company confirmation of human freedom.

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  • Download God of Salvation: Soteriology in Theological Perspective by Murray A. Rae,Murray A, Dr Rae,Ivor J, Professor Davidson PDF

    By Murray A. Rae,Murray A, Dr Rae,Ivor J, Professor Davidson

    The theology of salvation stands on the center of the Christian religion. quite often the constitution of Christian salvation is obvious by way of a unmarried topic, akin to atonement for sins, forgiveness, liberation or friendship with God. one can lessen soteriology to an issue of simply own adventure, or to work out salvation as only a approach to a human problem.

    This ebook explores a necessary but usually overlooked element of Christian confession - the fundamental dating among the character of salvation and the nature of the God who saves. In what methods does God's saving outreach mirror God's personality? How could a Christian depiction of salvation top undergo witness to those good points? What distinction could it make first of all the identification of God as encountered within the gospel, then view every little thing else within the gentle of that?

    In addressing those questions, this publication bargains clean value determinations of various significant topics in theology: the character of creaturely life; the connection among divine reasons and fabric heritage; the holiness, love and judgement of God; the atoning paintings of Jesus Christ; election, justification and the character of religion; salvation open air the church; human and non-human ends; the character of eschatological fellowship with God. In taking a look at those concerns within the gentle of God's id, the authors supply a stimulating and tightly-argued reassessment of what a Christian theology of salvation should resemble, and ask what the consequences will be for Christian lifestyles and witness on the earth today.

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  • Download Theophilus of Alexandria and the First Origenist by Krastu Banev PDF

    By Krastu Banev

    within the age of the Theodosian dynasty and the institution of Christianity because the merely valid faith of the Roman Empire, few figures are extra pivotal within the energy politics of the Christian church than archbishop Theophilus of Alexandria (385-412). This paintings examines the involvement of archbishop Theophilus within the so-called First Origenist Controversy whilst the famed third-century Greek theologian Origen bought, a century and a part after his loss of life, a formal
    condemnation for heresy. smooth students were winning in removal nearly all of the costs which Theophilus laid on Origen as no longer giving a good illustration of his notion. but no enough clarification has been provided as to why what to us looks as an seen miscarriage of justice
    came to be authorised, or why it used to be wanted within the first position. Kratsu Banev deals a sustained argument for the price of a rhetorically trained technique with which to examine Theophilus' anti-Origenist Festal Letters. He highlights that the large circulate and overt rhetorical composition of those letters enable for a brand new examining of those key files as a kind of 'mass-media' designated for its time. The dialogue is equipped on a close exam of 2 key materials within the pastoral
    polemic of the archbishop - masterly use of late-antique rhetorical conventions, and in-depth wisdom of monastic spirituality - either one of which have been important for securing the eventual recognition of Origen's condemnation. Dr Banev's clean process unearths that Theophilus' crusade shaped a part of a consistent
    policy geared toward harnessing the highbrow strength of the ascetic stream to serve the broader wishes of the church.
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  • Download Led into Mystery: Faith Seeking Answers in Life and Death by John de Gruchy PDF

    By John de Gruchy

    Led into secret is an unanticipated sequel to John de Gruchy's publication Being Human: Confessions of a Christian Humanist. It was once brought on via the premature and tragic demise of his eldest son, Steve, in February 2010, and the questions this posed concerning the which means of lifestyles and dying from the viewpoint of Christian religion. an additional suggested got here because of a multi-disciplinary study undertaking on “the humanist vital in South Africa” (2009-2010). This raised severe questions about being human from the viewpoint of technological know-how, particularly neuroscience, in addition to different religion and secular views. some of these tell the dialogue that's an exploration of puzzle at the obstacles of human wisdom and event, engagement with the realm and the evolution of recognition from a in particular Christian theological perspective.
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  • Download Of Martyrs, Monks, and Mystics: A Yearly Meditational Reader by Charles Ringma,Irene Alexander PDF

    By Charles Ringma,Irene Alexander

    in all places there are voices calling for a brand new Reformation, marked through a go back to the older resources of Christian knowledge, and for consuming anew the foundation of the desolate tract Fathers and moms, the church fathers, these from the monastic culture and the medieval Christian mystics.
    This anthology of unique resources in modern English, dependent in a meditational mode, may perhaps good be the wealthy source you're looking for in listening to the traditional Christian knowledge. listed below are the deep wells of theological and religious perception that can advisor you in strolling a renewed course of religion in our precarious international. those voices from the prior may assist you in residing opposed to the tide of overdue modernity with its rationality and utilitarianism that can't maintain a well-lived and well-loved existence. This e-book may well maintain the wish for a renewed international via lifestyles lived within the presence of the therapeutic and empowering God.

    "This is a extraordinary selection of quotations from the communion of Saints around the a long time, that allows you to deeply improve your soul, and rework your id as a Christian. i do know of no different religious treasury like this. it may be at each Christian's table or bedside."
    --James M. Houston, Board of Governor's Professor, non secular Theology, Regent collage, Vancouver

    "[This] is a awesome assortment . . . the result's a gleaming array of freshness from many lesser-known lives akin to Gertrude the nice, Macarius of Egypt, and the Dutch poet Hadewijch talking with us along Julian of Norwich, John Cassian, and Clare of Assisi . . . [T]his is a booklet that not just has to be learn slowly and prayerfully but additionally utilized and lived as present-day wisdom."
    --Trevor Miller, Abbot of Northumbria Community

    "The early fathers and moms of the Church have supplied us with a good of knowledge that was once fed by way of their openness to God, lots in order that their phrases flowing from that courting have virtually the standard of scripture approximately them. Charles has decreased his bucket and raised up a present, brimming packed with the grace of God. it really is this kind of treasure to have lots of the unique texts followed by means of very short reflections that invite us to do our personal paintings of establishing ourselves to the reality and knowledge of God."
    --Bishop Godfrey Fryar, Provincial Minister, Franciscan 3rd Order Asia-Pacific

    "This selection of day-by-day readings from our non secular forebears isn't really intended for us to bask in nostalgia; whilst learn meditatively, they converse to our sleek situation and problem us to withstand conforming to this global and adventure actual religious transformation. The editors are to be recommended for his or her wide-ranging and really appropriate selections."
    --Simon Chan, Earnest Lau Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Theological university, Singapore


    "A outstanding meditational reader culled from rigorously chosen basic resources representing the ecumenical voices of the past--our personal previous we will be able to not have enough money to disregard. Ringma and Alexander have performed an excellent carrier by way of reconnecting us all again to our universal heritage."
    --Wil Hernandez, government Director, CenterQuest (CQCenterQuest.org)

    Charles Ringma has taught in universities, schools, and seminaries in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Asia. He has written many books on Christian spirituality, his most recent being listen the traditional knowledge. he's a significant other of Northumbria Community-Brisbane and is a Franciscan Tertiary (TSSF). stopover at faithcompanions.com.

    Irene Alexander is a lecturer in counseling on the Australian Catholic collage, Christian background collage and in addition in Asia. She is a non secular director, formator and a spouse of Northumbria Community-Brisbane. Her different books comprise A Glimpse of the dominion in Academia and tales of Transformation and desire: Mary's Gospel.
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  • Download The Ghost of Perfection: Searching for Humanity by Joseph Haward,Michael Hardin PDF

    By Joseph Haward,Michael Hardin

    Who am I? who're we?
    Simple but profound questions.
    What does it suggest to be human?
    Why does society occasionally make us consider insufficient and lowered as people?
    Where does the church and faith slot into this feeling of dehumanization?
    What are we doing to ourselves and to others to abate our trip as people dwelling to the fullest?
    Why does it think as though violence and worry is the dominant narrative during this glossy global?

    Who is Jesus?
    Again, an easy but profound question.
    A query that may open the door to understanding what it actually capability to be human, residing a lifetime of love and never worry and violence.

    With assistance from historical and smooth thinkers, pioneer, church planter, and chaplain Joe Haward explores those questions during this provocative e-book and seeks to assist us reconnect with our attractive humanity.

    Joseph Haward is the founding father of This wish, a pioneer ministry in South Devon, united kingdom. he's an 8th new release oyster fisherman, accepted Baptist minister, and married to Sarah, with younger daughters, Grace and Lizzie.
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  • Download Why Should I Trust the Bible? by A. Trevor Sutton PDF

    By A. Trevor Sutton

    You’ve obtained difficult questions on the Bible. probably you’ve even heard such things as, “The Bible is racist.” Or, “The Bible has too many blunders and edits.” Or, “The Bible is in simple terms a mythological tale like Homer’s Odyssey.”

    This ebook tackles accusations like these head-on. Pastor Sutton compares the Bible to writings which were deemed extra credible than the Bible, just like the e-book of Mormon, encyclopedias, or even Shakespeare’s works. He checks the Bible utilizing a similar rigorous criteria which have been used to check these different writings. He examines old proof, witness money owed, and translation concerns. 

    by way of the tip, you’ll be capable of larger protect your religion whilst its very beginning is attacked. You’ll get lots of your difficult questions responded. And you’ll see that after all different texts fall, the Bible nonetheless stands—as thoroughly, undeniably trustworthy.
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  • Download The Ways of Judgement (Bampton Lectures) by Oliver O'Donovan PDF

    By Oliver O'Donovan

    during this probing ebook Oliver ODonovan extends the exploration into the correspondence among theology and politics that he started within the wish of the countries. whereas that previous paintings took as its start line the biblical proclamation of Gods authority, The methods of Judgment methods political theology from the political aspect. aware of advancements resembling the doubtful position of the United countries after the chilly conflict and the growth of the ecu Union, ODonovan additionally attracts at the broad culture of Christian political concept and various modern theologians. instead of supposing, as does a few political theology, that the fitting political orientations are good understood and that theological ideals can be renegotiated to slot them, ODonovan considers modern social and political realities to be impenetrably vague and elusive. discovering the gospel proclamation luminous against this, ODonovan sheds gentle from the Christian religion upon the difficult problem of looking the nice in late-modern Western society. Pursuing his research in 3 pursuits, ODonovan first considers the paradigmatic political act, the act of judgment, after which takes up the query of forming political associations via illustration. eventually, he tackles the competition among political associations and the church, provocatively investigating how Christians could be the group recommended by means of Jesus to pass judgement on not.
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