Author: Mark A. McIntosh
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2017-09-07
This innovative work is an introduction to Christian theology with a difference. Not only does it interpret, with clarity and energy, fundamental Christian beliefs but it also shows how and why these beliefs arose, promoting an understanding of theological reflection that encourages readers to think theologically themselves. From Irenaeus and Aquinas to Girard, from Augustine to Zizioulas and contemporary feminist thought, Divine Teaching explores the ways in which major thinkers in the Christian tradition have shaped theology through the wide variety of their encounters with God. It makes theological study adventurous and interactive, not necessarily requiring a faith commitment from all, but allowing readers a thoughtful involvement in the subject that takes seriously the Christian vision of God as the ultimate teacher of theology. Divine Teaching: An Introduction to Christian Theology is an imaginative and lively analysis of the Christian way of thinking, offering vivid and informing insight into the history and practice of Christian theology.
Author: Samuel Fleischacker
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2011-04-21
Samuel Fleischacker offers a defense of 'revealed religion' - religions that regard a certain text or teaching as wholly authoritative over one's life. By reconciling it with secular cognitive and moral practices that allow people to work together regardless of religious difference, he shows how these two worldviews can be brought together.
The joyful news (Ev-angelia) that Jesus not only brought to humanity but mostly experienced for her sake, was spread out of necessity through symbolisms difficult to understand. So the New Testament might now seem to us (and indeed is) a seven-sealed book which is cautious in revealing its treasures. Yet, this shouldn’t discourage us but on the contrary should urge us in finally developing a living relationship with it; knowing with certainty that if we begin penetrating even a little into its mysteries, they will constitute for us invigorating waters which will quench our spirit’s thirst.
In Living Divine Relationships, Master Zhi Gang Sha, world-renowned physician, teacher, and author, gives you the keys to Living Divine Relationships with God, with your spiritual teachers and masters, and with your own soul. He also provides practical techniques for building and nourishing your divine relationships, such as: How to open your spiritual channels and communicate soul to soul with God; how to arrange your home and structure your day to nourish your divine relationships; how to fully open to your life purpose; as well as ways to accelerate your spiritual growth, clear karma, and more. To live in sacred relationship is to hold, cherish, and honor the beauty and the holiness of the connection with God. In Living Divine Relationship, Master Sha shows that when we live from this connection, we become our own highest nature. It is from this awareness that we understand the connectedness between ourselves and the entire universe.
Author: Stephen E. Witmer
Publisher: Mohr Siebeck
Release Date: 2008
Stephen E. Witmer investigates an important aspect of early Christian self-understanding: the conviction of some early followers of Jesus that they had been, and were being, taught by God, in fulfillment of Old Testament prophetic promises (especially Isa 54:13 and Jer 31:33-34). While concentrating upon the idea of divine instruction in the Johannine corpus, he also gives attention to the Pauline writings and to Matthew. This allows for an analysis of the way in which multiple early Christian communities understood the concept; both the unity and diversity of NT developments of the idea are noteworthy. The author argues that the early Christian communities re-interpreted the prophetic promise of eschatological divine instruction in light of the teaching of Jesus and the Spirit.
Contrary to the portrayals of Chrysostom as a theologically impaired, moralizing sophist, this book argues that his thinking is remarkably coherent when it is understood on his own terms and within his culture. Chrysostom depicts God as a teacher of philosophy who adaptably guides people toward salvation. Since the theme of divine adaptability influences every major area of Chrysostom's thought, tracing this concept provides a thorough introduction to his theology. It also explains, at least in part, several striking features of his homilies, including his supposed inconsistencies, his harsh rhetoric and apparent political naïveté, his intentionally abridged and exoteric theological discussions, and his lack of allegiance to an "Antiochene school." In addition to illuminating such topics, the concept of adaptability stands at one of the busiest intersections of Late Antique culture, for it is an important idea found in rhetoric and discussions about the best methods of teaching philosophy. Consequently, adaptability is an ingredient in the classical project of paideia, and Chrysostom is a Christian philosopher who seeks to transform this powerful tradition of formation. He gives his Christianized paideia a theological foundation by adapting and seamlessly integrating traditional pedagogical methods into his reading and communication of Scripture. David Rylaarsdam provides an in-depth case study of one prominent leader's attempt to transform culture by forming a coherent theological discourse that was adapted to the level of the masses.
Author: Michelle Turner
Publisher: C. Michelle Gonzalez
Release Date: 2011-11-03
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
In this book, Michelle takes you on a journey to find that seemingly elusive Divine Love that we are all searching for. She explains in simple, easy to understand terms, how to begin to love unconditionally, how to help our planet heal. She lovingly guides you on ways to instill this love in our children. Included are powerful meditations to take you on this journey within and to heal your body, mind, and spirit. She explains how everything we could ever possibly dream of having is found in this Divine Love. She explains how to find true and lasting, health, happiness, and wealth. Also included are wonderful messages from the Heavenly team that is there working with each and every one of us.