Holy Living

The Christian Tradition for Today

Author: Rowan Williams

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472946111

Category: Religion

Page: 240

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Apart from being a scholar and theologian, Rowan Williams has also demonstrated a rare gift for speaking and writing plainly and clearly about essentials of the Christian faith. In the chapters of this book he writes with profound perception about the life of holiness to which we are called. The range of Williams' frame of reference is astonishing – he brings poets and theologians to his aid, he writes about the Rule of St Benedict, the Bible, Icons, contemplation, St Teresa of Avila and even R. D. Laing. He concludes with two chapters on the injunction 'Know Thyself' in a Christian context. Throughout, Williams points out that holiness is a state of being – it is he writes 'completely undemonstrative and lacking any system of expertise. It can never be dissected and analysed.'

Christliche Spiritualität

Formen und Traditionen der Suche nach Gott

Author: Corinna Dahlgrün

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 3110553384

Category: Religion

Page: 500

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Der Begriff der Spiritualität - ein Modewort mit großer Bedeutungsvielfalt - wird in diesem Buch, erwachsend aus einer phänomenologischen Annäherung an geistliches Erleben von Menschen aller Jahrhunderte, spezifisch christlich definiert. Anhand ausgewählter Beispiele einzelner Epochen wird in historischer Perspektive ein facettenreiches Bild der Ausdrucksformen christlichen Glaubens entworfen. In der theologischen Reflexion dieser Praxis pietatis werden Bedingungen und Möglichkeiten gegenwärtiger Erfahrungen mit dem Heiligen, die zentrale Bedeutung der Fähigkeit zur Unterscheidung der Geister und die Verhältnisbestimmung von Rechtfertigung und Heiligung als Grund und Ziel christlichen Lebens thematisiert. Die Erfordernisse geistlicher Beratung werden ebenso bedacht wie das Problem von Anfechtungen (tentationes). Abschließend werden exemplarisch Methoden und Medien christlicher Spiritualität vorgestellt. Aus lutherischer Perspektive geschrieben ist das Buch "im besten Sinne des Wortes ökumenisch. Jeder Theologie-Studierende, ob evangelisch, katholisch oder orthodox, sollte das Buch zumindest parallel zum Studium lesen. Einem Spiritual kann es als Handbuch zur Einführung in das geistliche Leben dienen." (Ludwig Mödl)

Living Stones Pilgrimage

With the Christians of the Holy Land

Author: Betty Bailey

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 0304704660

Category: Christian pilgrims and pilgrimages

Page: 132

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The Holy Land has always had a magnetic attraction for Christians. Every year, hundreds of thousands tread the crowded streets of Jerusalem, or walk by the quiet waters of Galilee. There are hundreds of guidebooks deisgned for pilgrims and other visitors. The encounter with the stones which Jesus saw and touched has been, for many, a powerful spiritual experience. But the Christian presence is not just history. There are living, worshipping Christian communities in the Holy Land today. This unique guidebook is designed to help you encounter those communities, and to walk, talk and pray with contemporary Christians in Israel, the Palestinian and Occupied Territories; the 'living stones' os the book's title. Written half a century after the creation of the state of Israel, with the co-operation of all the Christian traditions in the Holy Land, it is a key companion for visitors who want to share for a while the thoughts and the life, witness and pressence of those who now live the faith of the apostles in this troubled land.

The Pietist Impulse in Christianity

Author: Christian T. Collins Winn,Christopher Gehrz

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621890627

Category: Religion

Page: 366

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From intellectual inquiry to spiritual practice to social reform, Pietism has exerted an enormous influence on various forms of Christianity and on Western culture more generally. However, this contribution remains largely unacknowledged or misunderstood in Anglo-American contexts because negative stereotypes--some undeserved, others deserved--tend to cast Pietism as a quietistic and sectarian form of religion interested in a narrow set of individualistic and spiritual concerns. In this volume, scholars from a variety of disciplines offer a corrective to this misunderstanding, highlighting the profound theological, cultural, and spiritual contribution of Pietism and what they term the pietist impulse. The essays in this volume demonstrate that Pietism was a movement of great depth and originality that was not merely concerned with the pious soul and its God. Rather, Pietists were from the beginning concerned with issues of social and ecclesial reform, the nature of history and historical inquiry, the shape and purpose of theology and theological education, the missional task of the church, and social justice and political engagement. In addition, the essays collected here fruitfully raise the question of the ongoing relevance of Pietism and the pietist impulse for contemporary problems and questions across disciplines and in the church at large.

American Religious Traditions

The Shaping of Religion in the United States with CD-ROM

Author: Richard E. Wentz

Publisher: Fortress Press

ISBN: 9781451416961

Category: Religion

Page: 442

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Accompanying CD-ROM contains ... "full text of the book, chapter summaries, discussion questions, and many web resources ... [and] Libronix software, which offers such features as topic searching, bookmarking, notetaking, and highlighting." -- p. [4] of cover.

Paul and His Life-Transforming Theology

A Concise Introduction

Author: Roger Mohrlang

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621895629

Category: Religion

Page: 182

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Here is a concise, inviting introduction to the greatest of the early Christian missionaries, the Apostle Paul--his life, his letters, his thinking--and the life-transforming gospel he proclaimed. Readers will find this book academically stimulating, theologically rich, and personally challenging. It highlights the ways Paul's life and thinking differ from--and challenge--the life and thinking of Christians today. Written in nontechnical language for both Christian students and general Christian readers, this book--the result of a lifetime of studying and teaching Paul's letters--will be helpful to all students and teachers of the Bible who want a deeper understanding of Paul, his theology, and the implications of his powerful letters for Christians today.

Spiritual Traditions for the Contemporary Church

Author: Robin Maas,Gabriel Odonnell

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 1426775040

Category: Religion

Page: 466

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This volume offers a comprehensive intellectual and experiential introduction to Christian spirituality. It embraces spiritual traditions from the Patristic period to the present day. Part I, "The Roots of Contemporary Western Spirituality," covers spiritual types that have been fundamental in shaping spiritual practice. Part II, "Distinctive Spiritual Traditions," offers major introductory essays on spiritual traditions formed by such notable figures as Luther, Wesley, Ignatius, and John of the Cross, as well as ecclesiastical traditions such as Anglicanism. Part III, "The Feminine Dimension in Christian Spirituality," is devoted to Marian Spirituality, holy women, and feminism. Each of the fourteen chapters is followed by a practicum which enables readers to assimilate the practice prescribed into their own devotional life .

Kabbalah For Dummies

Author: Arthur Kurzweil

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118068629

Category: Religion

Page: 384

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Kabbalah For Dummies presents a balanced perspective of Kabbalah as an “umbrella” for a complex assemblage of mystical Jewish teachings and codification techniques. Kabbalah For Dummies also shows how Kabbalah simultaneously presents an approach to the study of text, the performance of ritual and the experience of worship, as well as how the reader can apply its teaching to everyday life.

The Vocation of Theology Today

A Festschrift for David Ford

Author: Tom Greggs,Rachel Muers

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621895408

Category: Religion

Page: 424

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What is the task of theology in a complex religious and secular world? What are theologians called to contribute to society, the churches, and the academy? Can theology be both fully faithful to Christian tradition and Scripture, and fully open to the challenges of the twenty-first century? In this book, an international team of contributors, including some of the best-known names in the field, respond to these questions in programmatic essays that set the direction for future debates about the vocation of theology. David Ford, in whose honor the collection is produced, has been for many years a key figure in articulating and shaping the role of contemporary theology. The contributors are his colleagues, collaborators, and former students, and their essays engage in dialogue with his work. The main unifying feature of this exciting collection is not Ford's work per se, however, but a shared engagement with the pressing question of theology's vocation today.

Traditioning Disciples

The Contributions of Cultural Anthropology to Ecclesial Identity

Author: Colleen Mary Mallon

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630876453

Category: Religion

Page: 292

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In a globalized world and an age that cannot name itself, how do Christian communities sustain a recognizable gospel identity? How might examining tradition and identity formation from both theology and cultural anthropology help churches approach the challenges of being a follower of Jesus today? With these questions in focus, Colleen Mallon studies symbol systems in the works of anthropologists Mary Douglas, Victor Turner, and Clifford Geertz and places her findings in dialogue with a thick description of discipleship gleaned from the great Roman Catholic ecclesiologist Yves Congar, OP. The result is a reflection on gospel identity that will be invaluable to Christian ministers, missioners, and students of theology interested in the social and theological processes of disciple formation.

One of a Kind

The Relationship between Old and New Covenants as the Hermeneutical Key for Christian Theology of Religions

Author: Adam Sparks

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630876542

Category: Religion

Page: 352

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A fundamental requirement in an inclusivist understanding of the relationship between Christianity and other religions is evidence of God's salvific activity outside any knowledge of Christ. This is commonly identified in the religion of Old Testament Israel. On this basis an analogy (the Israel analogy) is drawn between the religion of the old covenant and contemporary non-Christian religions. Closely related is the parallel argument that as Christ has fulfilled the Old covenant, he can also be seen as the fulfillment of other religious traditions and their scriptures. This study outlines the use of the Israel analogy and the fulfillment model, subjecting these concepts to a biblical and theological critique revealing that the exegetical and patristic data are misconstrued in support of these concepts. Furthermore, the Israel analogy and the fulfillment model undermine the sui generis relationship between the old and new covenants and fail to respect the organic, progressive nature of salvation history. They also misconstrue the old covenant and the nature of its fulfillment in the new covenant. The Israel analogy and fulfillment model rely on a correspondence between the chronologically premessianic (Israel) and the epistemologically premessianic (other religions), and therefore consider the BC condition to continue today. In so doing, they undermine the significance of the Christ-event by failing to appreciate the decisive effect of this event on history and the nature of existence. It marks a radical turn in salvation history, a crisis point, rendering the BC period complete and fulfilled. Therefore the concept of a continuing premessianic condition or state is seriously flawed, as are the Israel analogy and fulfillment model. Thus the inclusivist paradigm reliant in large part on these defective concepts is also problematic, and proponents of this paradigm need to reconsider its basis.

The Ignatian Tradition

Author: Eileen Burke-Sullivan,Kevin F. Burke

Publisher: Liturgical Press

ISBN: 9780814639108

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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The Ignatian tradition sprang up in the sixteenth century, the fruit of graces bestowed on a Basque nobleman, Ignatius of Loyola. Guided by a passion to find God in all things, Ignatius and his first companions founded the Society of Jesus and inspired many other religious orders and lay movements. Their influence spread across the globe even as they embraced various aspects of the cultures, languages, and institutions they encountered. This introduction is a mere sampling of the men and women influenced by Ignatius 'draws on the stories and writings of nineteen exemplary individuals as well as the corporate voice of the Jesuit order. Here we meet missionaries, scholars, artists, advocates, and martyrs. Contemplatives in action, they follow Christ by serving others. They embody the freedom born of a passionate knowledge of God's unending, unconditional love; precisely in this, they show us how to live well today. Eileen Burke-Sullivan, PhD, is a theologian, spiritual director, liturgist, and musician. She currently teaches at Creighton University where she also directs the Master of Arts in Ministry program. A well-known lecturer, she has served as a lay ecclesial minister in both parish and diocesan settings, and as a national and international leader in the Ignatian-inspired Christian Life Community movement. Kevin F. Burke, SJ, is a theologian, poet, and younger brother of Dr. Burke-Sullivan. He currently serves as the acting president and academic dean of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. He recently edited Pedro Arrupe: Essential Writings and coedited (with Robert Lassalle-Klein) Love that Produces Hope, a collection of essays on the thought of the Jesuit theologian and martyr, Ignacio Ellacura­a.

Living the Christian Year

Time to Inhabit the Story of God

Author: Bobby Gross

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830835202

Category: Religion

Page: 334

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"Offers the significance and history of each season, ideas for living out God's story in your own life, and devotions that follow the church calendar for each week of the year."--Publisher's description.

Christian Ritualizing and the Baptismal Process

Liturgical Explorations toward a Realized Baptismal Ecclesiology

Author: Susan Marie Smith

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630878146

Category: Religion

Page: 286

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Most people, even non-Christians, know that Christians gather for worship once a week, and that they are right there to support each other when there is a baptism or a wedding or a funeral. But what about other poignant, vulnerable, or life-changing times? How does the church help people handle changes that in the past, in Christendom, were considered secular? Does the church have a role at retirement when one's ministry changes, or when a family's children leave home and familiar patterns seem to grind to a halt? Is there any rite possible for someone who is called to Christian ministry but not to ordination? Or to someone whose vows are broken in divorce? Christian Ritualizing and the Baptismal Process asserts that baptism marks the beginning of a process of participation in Christ's ministry, so that no part of life can finally be considered secular. Susan Marie Smith shows how every passage, healing, and ministry vocation is holy, and she lays the groundwork needed for every church to create the rituals necessary to lament and celebrate the endings and beginnings that happen in every Christian life.

The Sacraments in Protestant Practice and Faith

Author: James F. White

Publisher: Abingdon Press

ISBN: 1426738781

Category: Religion

Page: 168

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The sacraments were a major factor in the Reformation of the sixteenth century. Ever since, they have been an important part of Protestant church life. Major changes have occurred in our time as most traditions have revised their sacramental rites and experienced many changes in sacramental practices. This book traces the most significant practices in the past five centuries, explains how they often led to controversies, and examines the faith that was expressed and experienced in the sacraments. James F. White attempts to depict the whole sweep of Protestant sacramental life, so that an overall picture is possible. And he outlines the possibilities for future developments.

American Eastern Catholics

Author: Fred J Saato

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 1616436883

Category:

Page: 100

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Examines the long and often difficult history of the Eastern-Church Catholics (e.g., Melkites, Maronites, Ruthenians, Copts, Ukrainians) and their relationship, often tenuous, with Rome.

The Living Bible

Author: N.A

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

ISBN: 1414362498

Category: Bibles

Page: 1184

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Celebrating 40 years and over 40 million lives touched, Tyndale is releasing The Living Bible as an eBook. The Living Bible is a paraphrase of the Old and New Testaments. Its purpose is to say as exactly as possible what the writers of the Scriptures meant, and to say it simply, expanding where necessary for a clear understanding by the modern reader.

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

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Page: N.A

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A Jubilee for All Time

The Copernican Revolution in Jewish-Christian Relations

Author: Gilbert S. Rosenthal

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 163087762X

Category: Religion

Page: 362

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In 1965, the Second Vatican Council formally issued a historic document titled Nostra Aetate (In Our Time). It was an attempt to frame the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and the Jewish people. Never before had an ecumenical council attempted such a task. The landmark document issued by the Council and proclaimed by Pope Paul VI precipitated a Copernican revolution in Catholic-Jewish relations and started a process that has spread to the Protestant and Orthodox worlds as well. This volume, consisting of essays and reflections by Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox, and Jewish scholars and theologians, by pastors and professors from the United States, Canada, Ireland, Great Britain, and Israel, is an evaluation of what Nostra Aetate has accomplished thus far and how Christian-Jewish relations must proceed in building bridges of respect, understanding, and trust between the faith groups. A Jubilee for All Times serves as a source of discussion, learning, and dialogue for scholars, students and intelligent laypersons who believe that we must create a positive relationship between Judaism and Christianity.

Living the Catechism of the Catholic Church

The Sacraments

Author: Christoph Schönborn

Publisher: Ignatius Press

ISBN: 0898707277

Category: Religion

Page: 137

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Cardinal Christoph SchOnborn, the editor of the monumental Catechism of the Catholic Church, a worldwide best seller, provides a brief and profound commentary on the second part of the Catechism, the sacraments. SchOnborn gives an incisive, detailed analysis of the sacraments, providing a specific meditation for each week of the year on how to better live the Catholic faith with the aid of the sacraments and the Mass, and explained in the Catechism. Through these 52 meditations, SchOnborn's hope is for the reader to not just have a better grasp of the Catholic doctrine and belief, but especially to grow in a greater love of and devotion to the person of Jesus Christ. "Faith is a whole. It has only one heart, one center, Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God. Christ must therefore also be the center of catechesis whose object is 'putting people...in communion...with Jesus Christ; only He can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit." --Cardinal Christoph SchOnborn