Athanasius of Alexandria: Bishop, Theologian, Ascetic, Father (Christian Theology in Context)

By David M. Gwynn

Athanasius of Alexandria (c.295-373) is likely one of the maximum and so much debatable figures of early Christian background. His lifestyles spanned the interval of basic switch for the Roman Empire and the Christian Church that the conversion of Constantine the good, the 1st Christian Roman emperor. A bishop and theologian, an ascetic and a pastoral father, Athanasius performed a imperative position in shaping Christianity in those an important adolescence. As bishop of Alexandria (328-73) he fought to unite the divided Egyptian Church and encouraged admiration and competition alike from fellow bishops and the emperor Constantine and his successors. Athanasius attended the 1st ecumenical Council of Nicaea summoned through Constantine in 325 and as a theologian will be remembered because the defender of the unique Nicene Creed opposed to the 'Arian' heresy. He was once additionally a champion of the ascetic circulate that remodeled Christianity, a buyer of clergymen and virgins and the writer of various ascetic works together with the recognized Life of Antony. these kinds of parts performed their half in Athanasius' vocation as a pastoral father, answerable for the actual and religious well being of his congregations. This publication deals the 1st learn in English to attract jointly those various but inseparable roles that outlined Athanasius' existence and the impression that he exerted on next Christian culture. The presentation is on the market to either experts and non-specialists and is illuminated all through through vast citation from Athanasius' many writings, for it truly is via his personal phrases that we may possibly most sensible procedure this striking man.

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The Apocryphal Gospels: A Very Short Introduction

By Paul Foster

This Very brief creation deals a transparent, available, and concise account of the apocryphal gospels--exploring their origins, their discovery, and discussing how some of the texts were interpreted either inside of and out of doors the Church. texts starting from the Gospels from Nag Hammadi to the Dialogues with the Risen Savior, Paul Foster exhibits how the apocryphal gospels mirror the variety that existed inside of early Christianity, and considers the level to which they are often used to reconstruct a correct portrait of the historic Jesus. Foster demonstrates how shut research of textual content, contents, and context are important in assessing the worth and authenticity of such old files. together with discussions of controversies and case-studies resembling the alleged hoax surrounding the invention of Secret Mark, Foster concludes that the non-canonical texts, thought of within the right context, may also help us succeed in a extra whole knowing of the multi-faceted nature of early Christianity.

About the Series: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and style, Very brief Introductions provide an advent to a couple of life's best subject matters. Written by way of specialists for the newcomer, they display the best modern puzzling over the valuable difficulties and matters in enormous quantities of key issues, from philosophy to Freud, quantum conception to Islam.

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Schleiermacher: A Guide for the Perplexed (Guides for the Perplexed)

Friedrich Daniel Ernst Schleiermacher stands within the first actual rank of Christian systematic theologians with Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, and Karl Barth and has been dubbed because the 'Father of recent Theology'. the start of the period of liberal theology that ruled Protestant suggestion a minimum of until eventually the 1st international conflict is often dated to the ebook of Schleiermacher's On faith: Speeches to Its Cultured Despisers in 1799. His impression extends a ways past theology. He used to be a pioneer in schooling, the philosophy of language and hermeneutics. there was a resurgence of curiosity in Schleiermacher. His means of wrestling with a few of the problems with theology within the smooth international are nonetheless fairly suitable. This advisor for the confused brings the result of the hot a long time of analysis to undergo at the so much debatable and demanding points of Schleiermacher's paintings for our personal time.

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The Sense of the Universe: Philosophical Explication of Theological Commitment in Modern Cosmology

By Alexei V. Nesteruk

The experience of the Universe offers with existential and phenomenological mirrored image upon smooth cosmology with the purpose to bare hidden theological commitments in cosmology regarding the secret of human lifestyles. The booklet proposes a brand new method of the discussion among technology and theology dependent in a radical philosophical research of performing sorts of subjectivity excited by the learn of the area and in spiritual event. the individuality of this ebook is that it makes use of contemporary advances in phenomenological philosophy and philosophical theology with the intention to intensify the existential which means of cosmology because the discourse that eventually explicates the human situation. the target of the ebook isn't really to make a comparative research of the cosmological clinical narrative and that of the Bible, or the Fathers of the Church (in what matters the constitution of the universe), yet to bare the presence of a hidden theological measurement in cosmology originating within the God-given skill of humanity to parent and divulge the feel of construction. The booklet contributes to the synthesis of appropriation and incorporation of recent philosophical rules in Christian theology, particularly its jap Orthodox shape.

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The Big Questions: God

By Mark Vernon

The large Questions sequence is designed to allow popular specialists handle the 20 such a lot primary and regularly requested questions of an immense department of technological know-how or philosophy. each one 3000-word essay easily and concisely examines a question that has endlessly confused enquiring minds, and offers solutions in response to the most recent study. This bold undertaking is a distinct distillation of humanity's most sensible principles.

In the massive Questions: God, Mark Vernon solutions the 20 key questions:

Can cause turn out the lifestyles of God?
Why do humans nonetheless have spiritual ideals?
Can medicines result in spiritual studies?
Have you obvious a miracle?
If you are not non secular, is not anything sacred?
Is faith inherently violent?
What is Buddhist enlightenment?
Is nature divine?
Does human anguish rule out God?
Are we dwelling in spite of everything occasions?
Will technology convey the tip of faith?
Is faith a mistake of evolution?
Can you be non secular with no being non secular?
What is the literal which means of Scripture?
Can an agnostic pray?
What is it wish to be a fundamentalist?
Is Confucianism a faith?
Is there a perennial philosophy?
Can we be strong with out God?
Is there lifestyles after loss of life?

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Case for Christ/Case for Faith Compilation

By Lee Strobel

Was God telling the reality whilst he acknowledged, 'You will search me and locate me if you happen to search me with your entire heart'?
In his no 1 bestseller The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel tested the claims of Christ, attaining the hard-won verdict that Jesus is God's specific son. within the Case for religion, Strobel turns his talents to the main continual emotional objections to belief---the 8 'heart boundaries' to religion. This Gold Medallion-winning e-book is when you will be feeling drawn to Jesus yet who're confronted with tricky questions status squarely of their course. For Christians, it is going to deepen their convictions and provides them clean self assurance in discussing Christianity with even their such a lot skeptical friends.
'Everyone---seekers, doubters, fervent believers---benefits while Lee Strobel hits the line looking for solutions, as he does back within the Case for religion. during his probing interviews, a few of the hardest highbrow stumbling blocks to religion fall away.'
---Luis Palau
'Lee Strobel has given believers and skeptics alike a present during this ebook. He doesn't stay away from looking the main tricky questions that you can imagine, and refuses to supply simplistic solutions that do extra damage than good.'
---Jerry Sittser, professor of faith, Whitworth university, and writer of A Grace Disguised and the desire of God as a fashion of Life

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Dialectical Theology and Jacques Ellul: An Introductory Exposition

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 proposal. In a penetrating research, the 1st of its style, Van Vleet offers a noticeable account of the theological constitution of Ellul's paintings and demonstrates the determinative position that theology, specifically dialectical theology, performs in a formal figuring out of Ellul.

Van Vleet bargains a tremendous advent to Ellul's idea, his contribution to theology and philosophy, and the way his philosophy of expertise is either theologically proficient and culturally suitable. to boot, this paintings situates Ellul's theological and philosophical idea inside of a massive genetic context, from Kierkegaard to the dialectical theologians of the 20 th century.

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Ennead VI.6-9 (Loeb Classical Library, Volume 468)

By A. H. Armstrong, Plotinus

Plotinus (204/5-270 CE) was once the 1st and maximum of Neoplatonic philosophers. His writings have been edited via his disciple Porphyry, who released them a long time after his master's demise in six units of 9 treatises every one (the Enneads).

Plotinus seemed Plato as his grasp, and his personal philosophy is a profoundly unique improvement of the Platonism of the 1st centuries of the Christian period and the heavily similar considered the Neopythagoreans, with a few impacts from Aristotle and his fans and the Stoics, whose writings he knew good yet used significantly. he's a different mix of mystic and Hellenic rationalist. His suggestion ruled later Greek philosophy and motivated either Christians and Moslems, and continues to be alive at the present time due to its union of rationality and extreme non secular adventure.

In his acclaimed version of Plotinus, Armstrong offers very good introductions to every treatise. His helpful notes clarify imprecise passages and provides connection with parallels in Plotinus and others.

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Philosophers and God: At the Frontiers of Faith and Reason

Public curiosity in spiritual debate within the united kingdom and united states has lately been fed by way of a sequence of books of well known polemic opposed to theism, faith and the self-discipline of theology itself. A small has grown up round those works―by Dawkins, Dennett, Hitchens, and others―but many have complained not only in their theological illiteracy but in addition in their tendency to conflate spiritual trust with fundamentalism. they've got contributed to a public surroundings of anti-pluralist hostility to the expression of "faith positions." the ambience in Britain of competitive secularism contrasts sharply with a public tradition within the united states of non secular conservatism that's suspicious of secular humanism. right here, a sequence of philosophers mirror, in an exploratory and confessional spirit, upon the prestige and assets in their faith or different religious sympathies―this may perhaps are available the shape of a dedication to religion, an openness to faith, or one other event of transcendence. The authors get all the way down to the necessities of non secular agnosticism, the boundaries of secular humanism, the assumption of conversion, the character of depression, and the potential for ethical objectivity.

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