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Recent decades have witnessed increased attention on the Holy Spirit, recognizing it as a critical component in Christian thought. While the volume of publications on the Spirit indicate that scholarly discussion about the Spirit is both creative and lively, it does sometimes appear to be diffused across the spectrum of contemporary theological thought. Nowhere does this scattering seem more prevalent when discussion of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit occurs in outlying areas of doctrine and practice rather than within its native context--the doctrine of God. The 2020 Los Angeles Theology Conference examined pneumatology as a core component of the doctrine of the Trinity, offering constructive proposals for understanding the doctrine of the Holy Spirit with theological and historical depth, ecumenical scope, and analytic clarity. This book represents the proceedings of the conference.
This workbook accompanies Wayne Grudem's highly regarded Systematic Theology. Following the textbook's structure, it features review material and exercises for every chapter, and all major areas of Christian doctrine are covered, including: The Word of God God Humanity Christ and the Holy Spirit The Application of Redemption The Church The Future The workbook further maintains the clear writing, friendly tone, and frequent applications to life found in the textbook. Students will benefit from this hands-on engagement with the important teachings in Systematic Theology.
Katherine Sonderegger follows her monumental volume on the doctrine of God with this second entry of her Systematic Theology, which explores the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. Locating her analysis first in the Hebrew Scriptures, Sonderegger examines the thrice-holy God that is proclaimed to Isaiah in the sanctuary and manifested in the sacrifice of the temple. The book of Leviticus, read in conversation with Exodus, unfolds the doctrine of the Trinity under the character of holiness. In the One God, Trinity speaks of the life, movement, and self-offering of God, who is the eternal procession of goodness and light. In Israel's sacrificial covenant, the Triune God is perfect self-offering: the eternal descent of the Father of Lights is the offering who is Son, eternally received and hallowed in the one who is Spirit. Anchoring the theology of the Trinity in Israel's Scriptures in this way elevates the processions over the persons, exploring the mystery of the Divine Life as holy, rational, and good. The Divine Persons, named in the New Testament, cannot be defined but may be glimpsed in the notion of perfection, a complete and perfect infinite set. In all these ways, the Holy Trinity may be praised as the deep reality of the life of God.
Rowan Williams freely admits to the profound influence of Michael Ramsey, one of the greatest Archbishops of the 20th century and a man of great spiritual depth who inspired a generation of Anglicans. Apart from one or two exceptions, his books are out of print, and many will welcome this new selection of his writings. Arranged around the church's year, it explores all the great themes of the Christian faith and is ideal for devotional reading, for study and for sermon preparation.
In 2004 Mission-shaped Church presented a challenge to church leaders. Now Mission-Shaped Questions addresses the big theological and practical issues that have arisen. Drawn from a range of Anglican and Methodist backgrounds, the highly-respected contributors take an incisive look at church and its future. They tackles questions such as: What exactly is church? Can we develop churches that can transform culture? Can we be mission-shaped and kingdom-focused too? These contributions are an essential read for anyone committed to the future of church and mission.
The most complete and engaging one-volume introduction to the Little Flower Following a thorough introduction to the saint's life, The Complete Therese presents her classic, The Story of a Soul, in complete and unabridged form. Then, unique to this edition is a portion of the original edition rarely seen, describing the saint's final days as seen through the eyes of the Sisters of the Lisieux Carmel; plus a poignant collection of over seventy firsthand anecdotes about Therese recounted by the Sisters following her death. Also included a comprehensive selection of prayers, letters, and poems written by Therese, and in both French and English, the poem that inspired her to call herself the Little Flower. Further appendices give important dates for her life, taking the reader up to 1997, one hundred years after her death, when Pope John Paul II declared her to be a Doctor of the Church. Beautiful engravings and photographs throughout the book give the reader a view of the Little Flower's childhood home and family, her growing-up years, life at Carmel, her death, and the original gravesite. Millions of hearts have been touched by St. Therese of Lisieux's desire, not to be mighty and great, but to be a humble, little flower that would gladden God's eyes as he glances down at his feet. Now, yours will be, too.
What we call holy in the world - a person, a place, a set of words or pictures - is so because the completely foreign is brough together with the familiar and the everyday. No one embodies this more than Mary, who literally makes a home for the Creator of all things in her own body and in her own house - the strangest reality we can conceive. Here, Williams invites us to explores and reflect on the depths of meaning in three classic icons of the Virgin and her child from the Eastern Christian tradition. Icons have been described as theology in lien and colour and, in tracing the movement within these icons, Williams discovers the pattern of love that they reveal, a love that invites and embraces us so that we no longer remain as spectators, but find ourselves caught up in the drama that unfolds itself before us.
One of the great classics of prison literature, Letters and Papers from Prison effectively serves as the last will and testament of the Lutheran theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, executed by the Nazis after incarceration in Tegel Prison. Acute and subtle, warm and perceptive, yet also profoundly moving, the documents collectively tell a very human story of loss, of courage, and of hope. Bonhoeffer's story continues to be as vitally relevant, as politically prophetic, and as theologically significant, as it always has. This edition includes a new introduction by Samuel Wells
Too frequently, theology has addressed issues of mental health from a largely pastoral and detached observational perspective. This book asks whether the model of an embodied and experiential theology of disability, championed by theologians such as Nancy Eiesland, can more powerfully and insightfully apply to those who are described as suffering from severe and enduring mental health problems. A Theology of Incarnation from Within Dis-Abled Minds is an auto-ethnographic journey into a question that is both deeply personal and theo-therapeutic. Utilising the author's own experiences, it explores whether there can be an applied theology, rooted in the living 'tradition' of feminist and queer theology, that begins to question classical definitions of the 'sane' and 'insane'. Can certain contemporary theological models of chaos, in creation and cosmology, offer a valorised place for those whose psycho-chaos is usually deemed to be of little value in western capitalist economies, except as the recipients of 'professional compassion'? This book offers a transgressive theology of healing and wellbeing based on radical feminist Christological understanding which speaks as much of anger, chaos, and resistance as it does of peace, healing or reconciliation. Therefore, it will be of keen interest to scholars of Religion and Theology, as well as those working in Psychiatry, Mental Health and Disability Studies.
Negative Theology and Christology: Ascension and Eucharist makes a critical and constructive contribution to systematic theology by exploring the meaningful interpretation of the doctrine of the ascension of Christ. Through an insightful reading of Christ's ascension to heaven as the concealment of the revealer , the author investigates the extent to which negative theology illumines some of the deepest doctrinal structures of Christian faith. On the basis of close attention to tradition, both catholic and reformed, Norman provides a revisionist history of the doctrine of the ascension that challenges other recent accounts, and offers a corrective to simplistic and reductive interpretations of the place of heaven in Christian worldviews, ancient, medieval, and modern. Norman outlines the significance of the concealment of Christ to Christian life and thought, recovering the ascension as one of the most important mysteries of the faith. Ultimately, the argument contributes to meaningful interpretation of the Eucharist by moving, beyond discussions of presence and absence, towards a personalist account of sacramental encounter with the ascended Christ.
While TA1/4bingen theologian Eberhard JA1/4ngel's theology remains broadly influential in Continental Europe, his work has largely been overlooked by Anglo-American readers interested in modern Protestantism. There are, however, signs that this trend is changing, as several dissertations, specialist monographs, and popular blog-sites have appeared recently that are devoted to JA1/4ngel's thought. There is thus a growing audience for the proposed study, which will be the first up-to-date, English-language, general introduction to JA1/4ngel's theology to appear in three decades. Nelson offers an interpretation of JA1/4ngel's theology that is unique.
This book explores SAren Kierkegaard's fourteen discourses on the Sermon on the Mount text on the birds and lilies and worry (Mt. 6:24-34). The author situates the discourses in their historical setting, interacts with recent scholarship on the material, and focuses attention on Kierkegaard's creative, theological, and pastoral exegesis. Additionally, the book highlights how Kierkegaard's interpretation converges with themes found in his larger works and his critique of 19th century Danish Christianity. A Kierkegaardian commentary on the text emerges that leads into a description of Kierkegaard's methods of biblical interpretation and the discourses' affinities with the writings of Martin Luther. The conclusions about the style and legacy of Kierkegaard as commentator break fresh ground in his relationship to the Bible, biblical scholarship, and spiritual theology.