Category: Christianity

Fashioning Jewish Identity in Medieval Western Christendom

By Robert Chazan

5 12th- and thirteenth-century polemicists from southern France and northerly Spain are the 1st identified Jewish polemicists from western Christendom, who pointed out significant Christian demanding situations, in addition to acceptable responses for fellow Jews less than ever-increasing non secular strain. This research means that the Jewish polemicists eventually tried to supply their fans a considerably contrasting portrait of Christian and Jewish society: the previous as strong yet irrational and morally debased; the latter as vulnerable, yet profoundly rational and morally increased.

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No Pressure, Mr. President! The Power Of True Belief In A Time Of Crisis: The National Prayer Breakfast Speech

By Eric Metaxas

There's a distinction among genuine religion in God and mere faith. there's a form of faith that's dead and is the sour enemy of precise religion. contemplate Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s prophetic makes an attempt to waken the sound asleep German church, usually unwitting allies of Hitler and the 3rd Reich. Or of William Wilberforce’s heroic efforts to evoke his complacent “Christian” countrymen to face opposed to the giant evil of the slave alternate. Bonhoeffer and Wilberforce stood opposed to the evil in their times—an evil usually repackaged in religious-sounding language.

Eric Metaxas’s electrifying message—delivered prior to the president and dozens of nationwide leaders on the 60th Annual nationwide Prayer Breakfast—calls readers to persist with within the steps of Wilberforce and Bonhoeffer, males who lived their religion and swam opposed to the mainstream, rather than drifting in addition to it. Metaxas makes it transparent that phony religiosity offends God himself—and that genuine prayer is just attainable with a dwelling religion in a dwelling God. And that sort of religion can remodel the realm. No strain.

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The Kingdom of the Occult

The nation of the Occult can provide the well timed followup to Dr. Martin's best-selling The country of the Cults

This publication takes Dr. Walter Martin's finished wisdom and his dynamic educating sort and forges a robust weapon opposed to the area of the Occult-a weapon of a similar scope and gear as his out of the ordinary thirty-five yr bestseller, The nation of the Cults (over 875,000 sold).

Chapters comprise: Witchcraft and Wicca, Satanism, Pagan Religions, instruments of the Occult, Demon ownership and Exorcism, non secular war, etc.

Features include:

  • Each bankruptcy comprises: quickly proof; heritage; Case stories; Theology; Resources

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The Waiting: The True Story of a Lost Child, a Lifetime of Longing, and a Miracle for a Mother Who Never Gave Up

By Cathy LaGrow

Now with a brand new afterword! A 5 star–reviewed, unforgettable tale that bestselling writer Homer Hickam calls “one of the main eloquent, relocating, impossible to resist real tales” he’s ever learn. The Waiting will contact your middle and make you think in love’s enduring legacy, in addition to the facility of prayer.

In 1928, 16-year-old Minka was once on a picnic within the woods while she used to be assaulted and raped. And abruptly this blameless farm girl―who nonetheless concept the stork introduced babies―was pregnant. the tale that follows has been nearly 100 years within the making. After a life of separation, Minka whispered an most unlikely prayer for the 1st time: Lord, I’d prefer to see Betty Jane ahead of I die. What occurred subsequent used to be a miracle. Written by means of Cathy LaGrow (Minka’s granddaughter), The Waiting brings 3 generations of this most original relatives jointly over the process a century in a narrative of religion that triumphs, forgiveness that units us loose, and love that by no means forgets. (As noticeable on The this present day Show.)

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Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel

By Russell D. Moore

Keep Christianity Strange. 
 
because the tradition adjustments throughout us, it's not attainable to faux that we're an ethical Majority. that could be undesirable information for the United States, however it may be excellent news for the church. what is wanted now, in transferring instances, is neither a doubling-down at the established order nor a pullback into isolation. in its place, we want a church that speaks to social and political matters with an even bigger imaginative and prescient in brain: that of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As Christianity turns out more and more unusual, or even subversive, to our tradition, now we have the chance to reclaim the freakishness of the gospel, that's what offers it its strength within the first place.
 
We search the dominion of God, in the beginning else. We attach that state schedule to the tradition round us, either through conversing it to the area and through displaying it in our church buildings. As we accomplish that, we take note our challenge to oppose demons, to not demonize rivals. As we recommend for human dignity, for spiritual liberty, for relatives balance, let's accomplish that as people with a prophetic notice that turns every thing upside down.
 
The symptoms of the days let us know we're in for days our mom and dad and grandparents by no means knew. yet that is no demand panic or give up or outrage. Jesus is alive. Let's act love it. Let's stick with him, onward to the future.

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Christianity in Bakhtin: God and the Exiled Author (Cambridge Studies in Russian Literature)

By Ruth Coates

This booklet examines the impact of Christianity at the idea and paintings of the good Russian theorist Mikhael Bakhtin, paying specific consciousness to the motifs of God the author, the autumn, the Incarnation and Christian love. this can be the 1st full-length paintings to technique Bakhtin from a non secular point of view, and introduces the reader to a very important yet hitherto neglected element of his paintings. during this context Ruth Coates offers readings of Bakhtin very various from these of Marxist and Structuralist critics.

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Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors: Faith, Power, and Violence in the Age of Crusade and Jihad

By Brian A. Catlos

An in-depth portrait of the Crusades-era Mediterranean global, and a brand new figuring out of the forces that formed it

In Infidel Kings and Unholy Warriors, the award-winning student Brian Catlos places us at the floor within the Mediterranean international of 1050-1200. We event the attractions and sounds of the quarter simply as enlightened Islamic empires and primitive Christendom started to contest it. We find out about the siege strategies, theological disputes, and poetry of this enchanting time. And we see that folks of alternative faiths coexisted way more often than we're regularly told.

Catlos's meticulous reconstruction of the period permits him to stunningly overturn our most simple assumption approximately it: that it was once outlined through non secular extremism. He brings to gentle many figures who have been approved as rulers via their ostensible foes. Samuel B. Naghrilla, a self-proclaimed Jewish messiah, grew to become the strength in the back of Muslim Granada. Bahram Pahlavuni, an Armenian Christian, wielded energy in an Islamic caliphate. And Philip of Mahdia, a Muslim eunuch, rose to admiral within the carrier of Roger II, the Christian "King of Africa."

What their lives demonstrate is that, then as now, politics have been pushed via a mixture of self-interest, character, and beliefs. Catlos attracts the same lesson from his stirring chapters at the early Crusades, arguing that the notions of campaign and jihad weren't explanations of battle yet justifications. He imparts an important perception: the violence of the prior can't be blamed totally on faith.

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Christianity Encountering World Religions: The Practice of Mission in the Twenty-first Century (Encountering Mission)

By Terry C. Muck, Frances S. Adeney

The present non secular weather poses special demanding situations to these engaged in venture. hence the authors of this e-book suggest a brand new, but very biblical, version for interacting with humans of different faiths. They time period this version giftive challenge, because it is predicated at the metaphor of loose reward. We endure the best present possiblethe gospel message. Adopting this attitude not just has the possibility of better missionary luck but in addition allows us to extra heavily imitate God's gracious task on the planet. The middle of the booklet explores 11 practices that symbolize giftive challenge. each one perform is illustrated in the course of the tale of a determine from challenge historical past who embodied that perform. extra dialogue indicates find out how to comprise those practices in particular project settings.

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Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

By Eric Metaxas

WHO larger to stand the best EVIL OF the 20 th CENTURY THAN A HUMBLE guy OF FAITH?

As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a state, bullied a continent, and tried to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small variety of dissidents and saboteurs labored to dismantle the 3rd Reich from the interior. the sort of used to be Dietrich Bonhoeffer—a pastor and writer. during this New York occasions best-selling biography, Eric Metaxas takes either strands of Bonhoeffer’s life—the theologian and the spy—and attracts them jointly to inform a searing tale of amazing ethical braveness within the face of great evil. Metaxas offers the fullest accounting of Bonhoeffer’s heart-wrenching selection to depart the refuge of the United States to come back to Hitler’s Germany, and sheds new mild on Bonhoeffer’s involvement within the recognized Valkyrie plot and in “Operation 7,” the hassle to smuggle Jews into impartial Switzerland. In a deeply relocating narrative, Metaxas makes use of formerly unavailable documents?including own letters, certain magazine entries, and firsthand own accounts?to exhibit dimensions of Bonhoeffer's lifestyles and theology by no means ahead of seen.

"Bonhoeffer is the tale of a existence framed by means of a keenness for fact and a dedication to justice on behalf of these who face implacable evil.  contains Readers’ consultant  “[A] fantastically built biography.”

—Alan Wolfe, The New Republic

 “Metaxas tells Bonhoeffer’s tale with ardour and theological sophistication. . . .”

Wall highway Journal

“[A] weighty, riveting research of the lifetime of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. . . .”

Publishers Weekly

“Metaxas offers Bonhoeffer as a clear-headed, deeply convicted Christian who submitted to nobody and not anything other than God and his Word.”

Christianity Today

“Metaxas has written a ebook that provides a brand new measurement to international conflict II, a brand new figuring out of ways evil can grab the soul of a state and a guy of religion can confront it. . . .”

—Thomas Fleming, writer, The New buyers’ War

“Metaxas has created a biography of unusual power—intelligent, relocating, good researched,vividly written, and wealthy in implication for our personal lives. Or to place it in a different way: purchase this e-book. learn it. Then purchase one other replica and provides it to somebody you're keen on. It’s that good.”

—Archbishop Charles Chaput, First Things

"A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the twenty first century."

Kirkus Reviews

  • 2011 ECPA ebook of the Year
  • 2011 Canterbury Medal via the Becket Fund spotting braveness within the protection of spiritual liberty
  • 2011 Christopher Award winner highlighting the ability of religion, braveness, and action

"A definitive Bonhoeffer biography for the twenty first century."

-Kirkus Reviews

 

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Image, Word and God in the Early Christian Centuries (Studies in Philosophy and Theology in Late Antiquity)

Christianity pronounces Christ and the incarnate observe of God; the Bible is defined because the observe of God in either Jewish and Christian culture. Are those usages purely homonymous, or may the ancients have well-known a extra intimate relation among the observe incarnate and the be aware proclaimed? This publication investigates the concept that of trademarks in pagan, Jewish and Christian concept, to be able to elucidating the polyphonic capabilities which the notice bought while utilized in theological discourse. Edwards offers a survey of theological purposes of the time period emblems in Greek, Jewish and Christian idea from Plato to Augustine and Proclus. specified concentration is put on: the relation of phrases to pictures in illustration of divine realm, the relation among the trademarks inside of (reason) and the emblems with out (speech) either in linguistics and in Christology, the relation among the incarnate notice and the written textual content, and where of cause within the interpretation of revelation. Bringing jointly fabrics that are not often synthesized in glossy examine, this ebook indicates how Greek and biblical concept half corporation of their appraisal of the capability of cause to know the character of God, and the way as a result verbal revelation performs a extra major function in biblical instructing. Edwards exhibits how this entailed the rejection of pictures in Jewish and Christian suggestion, and the way the manifestation in flesh of Christ because the residing note of God pressured the church to re-evaluate either the relation of be aware to photograph and the interaction among the trademarks inside of and the written trademarks within the formula of Christian doctrine.

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