By Jonah F. Haddad,Doug Groothuis

Accosted by way of hatred and residing out a dark lifestyles in airborne dirt and dust position, we people have attempted and did not locate the resource of affection. Many philosophies of affection have proved powerless in fulfilling our want for this natural and actual factor. One after one other, the world's religions fail to light up its fact and sweetness. all of the whereas, the overpowering presence of evil has compelled love into the shadows of elusiveness. yet during the barrage of makes an attempt to provide an explanation for love's resource, it's the Christian God by myself who has introduced that means, price, and everlasting importance to this oft-misunderstood advantage. it's the Christian God by myself whose divine and ideal love used to be published in all its beauty within the go of Jesus Christ. In Leaving airborne dirt and dust position, Jonah Haddad explores a mess of philosophies and religions whose fallacious bills of affection needs to eventually yield to the reality of Christianity. This considerate and not easy apologetic provides a transparent case for the real God of affection.

"If real love exists, it should have a transcendent and private resource. How can that resource be most sensible defined? now not, Haddad argues, by means of the worldviews of naturalism, pantheism, or a couple of theistic religions. Love's top and basically ultimate clarification is Christian theism. Haddad's argument is apparent, specified, rational, and compelling. priceless for each evangelist, apologist, or biblically literate Christian."
--James W. Sire
author of The Universe round the corner

"While people converse of affection, yearn for romance, supply love, obtain love, and feature their hearts damaged (and holiday different hearts) through the manifold betrayals of affection, the actual fact of affection is frequently unexplained or (worse but) defined away by means of philosophies that can't undergo its bittersweet weight. Haddad, even though, doesn't scale back from this daunting job, yet relatively marshals the theological and philosophical assets required to set forth a compelling case that simply the Christian imaginative and prescient of lifestyles can provide love its right which means, worth, and significance--even (or specifically) amidst the entire tears, blood, and fears of a global 'east of Eden.'"
--from the Foreword by means of Douglas Groothuis
author of fact Decay: protecting Christianity opposed to the demanding situations of Postmodernism

Jonah Haddad got his MA in Philosophy of faith from Denver Seminary. He lives and works in Lyon, France.

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By Julie J. Ingersoll

For the final a number of many years, on the a ways fringes of yankee evangelical Christianity has stood an highbrow circulation often called Christian Reconstruction. The proponents of this move embody a thorough place: that every one of existence will be introduced lower than the authority of biblical legislations because it is contained in either the previous and New Testaments. They problem the legitimacy of democracy, argue that slavery is biblically justifiable, and aid the dying penalty for all demeanour of "crimes" defined within the Bible together with homosexuality, adultery, and Sabbath-breaking. yet, as Julie Ingersoll indicates during this attention-grabbing new e-book, this "Biblical Worldview" shapes their perspectives not just on political concerns, yet on every little thing from inner most estate and fiscal coverage to heritage and literature. keeping that the Bible offers a coherent, internally constant, and all-encompassing worldview, they search to remake the whole thing of society--church, country, kinfolk, economy--along biblical lines.

Tracing the stream from its mid-twentieth-century origins within the writings of theologian and thinker R.J. Rushdoony to its present-day websites of impression, together with the Christian domestic college stream, advocacy for the educating of creationism, and the advance and upward push of the Tea celebration, Ingersoll illustrates how Reconstructionists have largely and subtly formed conservative American Protestantism over the process the late-twentieth and early-twenty-first centuries. Drawing on interviews with Reconstructionists themselves in addition to huge study in Reconstructionist guides, Building God's Kingdom bargains the main entire and balanced portrait thus far of this enigmatic section of the Christian Right.

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By Andrew Radde-Gallwitz

Divine simplicity is the concept that, because the final precept of the universe, God needs to be a non-composite solidarity no longer made from elements or various attributes. the assumption used to be appropriated via early Christian theologians from non-Christian philosophy and performed a pivotal function within the improvement of Christian inspiration.

Andrew Radde-Gallwitz charts the growth of the assumption of divine simplicity from the second one in the course of the fourth centuries, with specific cognizance to Basil of Caesarea and Gregory of Nyssa, of the main sophisticated writers in this subject, either instrumental within the building of the Trinitarian doctrine proclaimed as orthodox on the Council of Constantinople in 381. He demonstrates that divine simplicity used to be now not a philosophical appendage awkwardly connected to the early Christian doctrine of God, yet a inspiration that enabled Christians to articulate the consistency of God as portrayed of their scriptures.

Basil and Gregory provided a different construal of simplicity in responding to their important doctrinal opponent, Eunomius of Cyzicus. not easy accredited interpretations of the Cappadocian brothers and the normal account of divine simplicity in fresh philosophical literature, Radde-Gallwitz argues that Basil and Gregory's fulfillment in reworking rules inherited from the non-Christian philosophy in their time has an ongoing relevance for Christian theological epistemology today.

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By Dr. Thomas Oord

God is love. as a result, shouldn t love exist on the heart of Christian theology? whilst love is on the middle, theology is known another way than it has in general been understood.

Some theologians have put religion on the heart, others God s sovereignty, nonetheless others-the Church, yet Dr. Oord areas the emphasis on love. God s love for us, printed in Christ, within the Church, and in construction, and our love for God and others as ourselves needs to be afforded its rightful place.

Beginning with the root of affection is what differentiates the Christian religion from others...a loving God. Dr. Oord defines love as:

to like is to behave deliberately, in sympathetic/empathetic reaction to God and others, to advertise total future health.

Is this no longer what has outlined Christians all through history?

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By John F Baggett

Rather than looking at Jesus -- the preferred perception of the “historical Jesus” -- John Baggett contends that we must always as a substitute look with Jesus on the realities of God and neighbor as he perceived them. Baggett accommodates the witness of the foremost human relationships of Jesus, taking a look at why these earliest believers and pals thought of him divine. Baggett then asks how Christ's transcendence can finally translate to value for all times and religion in modern story.
 

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By Richard J. Plantinga,Thomas R. Thompson,Matthew D. Lundberg

faraway from being completely an instructional firm, the perform of theology can pique the curiosity of an individual who wonders concerning the that means of lifestyles. Inviting readers on a trip of 'faith looking understanding', this creation to Christian theology – its simple thoughts, confessional content material, and historical past – emphasizes the relevance of the foremost convictions of Christian religion to the demanding situations of modern global. within the first half, this booklet introduces the venture of Christian theology and sketches the severe context that confronts Christian proposal and perform this day. In a moment half, it deals a survey of the foremost doctrinal topics of Christian theology – together with revelation, the triune God, and the realm as production – settling on their biblical foundation and the highlights in their ancient improvement sooner than giving a scientific overview of every subject matter. The 3rd half presents an summary of Christian theology from the early church to the present.

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By Sarah Withrow King

Among the various urgent social matters that experience galvanized evangelical Christians’ response—abortion, human trafficking, environmental degradation, and plenty of others—the care of animals has acquired particularly little attention.

Yet as writer Sarah Withrow King deftly uncovers in Vegangelical, animal stewardship is an important element of a holistic ethic of Christian peace and justice. certainly, take care of animal welfare correspondingly strengthens our deal with environmental and human flourishing.

Practical, restricted in its conclusions, and level-headed on a broader theology of Christian compassion, Vegangelical calls readers to a better attentiveness to 1 of the first relationships in God’s created order, that among people and animals.

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By Maarten Wisse

Maarten Wisse develops a critique of dominant developments in modern theology via a re-reading of Augustine's De Trinitate. Theological issues coated comprise the puzzling over the connection of among God and global as participation of the finite within the limitless, Christology as a manifestation of this ontology of participation, Trinity as a version for our relational mode of being and deification (theosis) because the goal of salvation. Key figures are introduced in dialog with an Augustinian substitute to those tendencies, reminiscent of Wolfhart Pannenberg, Joseph Ratzinger, Denys Turner, John Milbank, Catherine Pickstock and Graham Ward.

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By John Williamson Nevin,Philip Schaff,Daniel Gans,William B. Evans,W. Bradford Littlejohn

The Incarnate Word features a number of the major writings at the doctrines of Christology produced via the theologians of Mercersburg Seminary in the course of the heart of the 19th century. regardless of the seminary's small stature and marginal place inside American non secular lifestyles, those texts symbolize the most profound wrestlings with the doctrine of the individual of Christ that seemed in antebellum the USA, attractive the most recent in German theological scholarship in addition to the riches of the Christian culture. As such, they command greater than mere old curiosity, delivering wealthy dialog companions for modern debates in Reformed Christology, and waiting for the insights of such key twentieth-century theologians as T. F. Torrance. the current severe version conscientiously preserves the unique texts, whereas offering huge introductions, annotations, and bibliography to orient the trendy reader and facilitate extra scholarship.

The Mercersburg Theology learn sequence is an try and make on hand for the 1st time, in beautiful, readable, and scholarly smooth versions, the most important writings of the nineteenth-century circulate often called the Mercersburg Theology. An bold multi-year venture, this goals to make a massive contribution to the scholarly group and to the wider examining public, who can finally be accurately brought to this targeted combination of yank and ecu, Reformed and catholic theology.

"Nevin is without doubt one of the most crucial theologians in all of yank background yet unfortunately he's ignored by means of approximately all yet fervent acolytes. The writings during this quantity stand on the heart of his oeuvre, and deserve a large listening to from historians of faith, and particularly theologians, who nonetheless have a lot to benefit from this Christocentric, evangelical-Catholic highbrow (and his colleagues Schaff and Gans, additionally represented here.) The essays on your hand were judiciously chosen, good brought, and helpfully annotated. they provide to a brand new new release of students and church parents a treasure trove of considering at the incarnation of God."
--Douglas A. Sweeney, Professor of Church historical past and the historical past of Christian idea, Trinity Evangelical Divinity college, Deerfield, IL

"The Mercersburg theologians, looking a church that will be instantly Catholic, evangelical, and reformed, stay correct this present day for his or her restoration of biblical, patristic, and Reformation topics, unified via then new currents in German concept. those essays on Christology, ably edited by way of William Evans, supply us perception into the guts in their theology. . . . His introductions and notes express basically and articulately how the Mercersburg theologians associated the doctrines of incarnation, move, resurrection, spirit and church, with out the overemphasis on one or one other of them that so frequently skews theological reflection."
--Eugene TeSelle, Professor emeritus of Theology and Church historical past, Vanderbilt Divinity tuition, Nashville, TN

"Rejecting the traditions of Princeton and New England, the Mercersburg theologians set forth a colourful and mystical knowing of the dwelling Savior which resourced and permeated their excessive ecclesiological and sacramental convictions, tough the Reformed sensibilities in their days and carrying on with to motivate theologians this present day. the consequent assortment can be of curiosity to church historians and doctrinal theologians, either people with specific pursuits within the Reformed culture and people with wider issues for the ecumenical dialog. Lucidly brought, scrupulously edited, and wonderfully offered, this article is a pleasant addition to the library."
--Paul T Nimmo, Professor of Divinity, King's collage, college of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland

Authors:
John Williamson Nevin (1803-1886), and Philip Schaff (1819-1893) have been professors at Mercersburg Seminary of the German Reformed Church, Nevin being one of the best American Protestant theologians of his day and Schaf

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By John Bolt

This quantity makes use of the concept of Abraham Kuyper as a version for American evangelicals engaged in todays cultural debate. delivering a brand new interpretation of Kuypers public theology that emphasizes its rhetorical and poetic facets, John Bolt builds a reputable public theology that without delay applies to Christian political activism.

In contemplating such key matters as poverty, wealth and tool, theocracy and pluralism, civil faith, the tradition wars, and political cooperation among Evangelicals and Roman Catholics, Bolt additionally compares Kuypers perspectives with the idea of Alexis de Tocqueville, Lord Acton, Pope Leo XII, Walter Rauschenbusch, and Jonathan Edwards. Bolt indicates that targeting Kuypers rhetorical and mythopoetic point of view, instead of on his theological and philosophical principles, offers modern evangelicals with a extra significant and powerful theology for the general public square.

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