The Early Church and the Afterlife

Post-death existence in Athenagoras, Tertullian, Origen and the Letter to Rheginos

Author: David Rankin

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351609181

Category: Religion

Page: 140

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The resurrection of the dead was, as Tertullian says, ‘the chief article of the whole Christian faith’ (De resurrectione 39.3) and one of those beliefs which most distinguished Christian thought from much other contemporary thinking. This book looks at the way in which post-death existence is represented in the work of the early Church Fathers - notably Athenagoras, Tertullian, and Origen - and the Letter to Rheginos, and how these representations compare with its treatment both in Scripture and in contemporary, modern theological reflection. Examining these attitudes to life after death, and putting them into conversation with more modern interpretations, the book asks four main questions. Firstly, whether resurrection happens immediately after death. Secondly, if there is continuity or discontinuity of space and time between death and a resurrection life. Thirdly, it explores whether post-death existence was thought to be embodied or not, and if so how might it be embodied. Finally, it addresses the issue of continuity, or discontinuity, of personal identity after death. This book sheds light on the formation of a key doctrine of Christian faith. As such, it will be of significant interest to scholars and academics working in the History of Religion, Theology and Patristics.

Getting to Know the Church Fathers

An Evangelical Introduction

Author: Bryan M. Litfin

Publisher: Baker Academic

ISBN: 1493404784

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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A Trusted Introduction to the Church Fathers This concise introduction to the church fathers connects evangelical students and readers to twelve key figures from the early church. Bryan Litfin engages readers with actual people, not just abstract doctrines or impersonal events, to help them understand the fathers as spiritual ancestors in the faith. The first edition has been well received and widely used. This updated and revised edition adds chapters on Ephrem of Syria and Patrick of Ireland. The book requires no previous knowledge of the patristic period and includes original, easy-to-read translations that give a brief taste of each writer's thought.


Author: Joseph W. Trigg

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134815255

Category: History

Page: 312

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Origen was the most influential Christian theologian before Augustine, the founder of Biblical study as a serious discipline in the Christian tradition, and a figure with immense influence on the development of Christian spirituality. This volume presents a comprehensive and accessible insight into Origen's life and writings. An introduction analyzes the principal influences that formed him as a Christian and as a thinker, his emergence as a mature theologian at Alexandria, his work in Caesarea and his controversial legacy. Fresh translations of a representative selection of Origen's writings, including some never previously available in print, show how Origen provided a lasting framework for Christian theology by finding through study of the Bible a coherent understanding of God's saving plan.

From Clement to Origen

The Social and Historical Context of the Church Fathers

Author: Revd Dr David Ivan Rankin

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409477037

Category: Religion

Page: 182

View: 1886

From Clement to Origen addresses the engagement of a number of pre-Nicene Church Fathers with the surrounding culture. David Rankin considers the historical and social context of the Fathers, grouped in cities and regions, their writings and theological reflections, and discusses how the particular engagement of each with major aspects of the surrounding culture influences, informs and shapes their thought and the articulation of that thought. The social and historical context of the Church Fathers is explored with respect to the Roman state, the imperial office and imperial cult, Greco-Roman class structures and the patron-client system, issues of wealth production and other commercial activity, the major philosophical thinkers in antiquity, and to rhetorical theory and practice and the higher learning of the day.

Origen: Texts. Commentary on Psalms 1-25, fragment from preface. Commentary on Lamentations, selected fragments. Commentary on Genesis, fragment from Book 3. Commentary on John, Book 1. Commentary on John, Book 13.3-192. Homily 12 on Jeremiah. Homilies 19 and 20 on Luke. Homily 5 on 1 Samuel. Letter to Gregory. Commentary on John, Book 32.1-140. Commentary on John, Book 32.318-67

Author: Joseph Wilson Trigg

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415118354

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 292

View: 4634

This volume presents a comprehensive and accessible insight into Origen's life and writings. Fresh translations of a selection of writings, including some never previously available in print, present the development of Origen's theological thought.

The Astronomical Calculations and Ramadan: a Fiqhi Discourse

Author: Zulfiqar Ali Shah

Publisher: IIIT

ISBN: 1565643348

Category: Islamic calendar

Page: 174

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This book shatters the myth that naked-eye sighting of the new moon and completing thirty days in the case of weather-related or other obscurities are the only two valid methods of determining the month of Ramadan. The author explains that certainty, not actual sighting, is the real objective of the Shariah and that the Qur'an does not mandate physical sighting. A careful analysis shows that those hadiths that seemingly require sighting actually require certainty. The assertion that all Muslim scholars prohibit the use of astronomical calculations, both in affirming or negating the month of Ramadan, is not correct. As calculation is now more accurate than naked-eye sighting, due to certain astronomical and scientific advancements, the use of calculation is the closest to the real objective of the Shari'ah and to the spirit of the hadiths.

Delivering the Word

Preaching and Exegesis in the Western Christian Tradition

Author: William John Lyons,Isabella Sandwell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 131754398X

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 8753

Biblical texts have been used consistently in sermons throughout Christian history. Preachers have transformed the texts into an aural experience, using them to evangelize, educate, edify, exhort, or even terrify, their audiences. Sermons have enabled Scripture to be communicated to people from a wide range of social backgrounds. 'Delivering the Word' examines the power of preaching and its reception across two millennia of homilies: from St Paul, Origen, Chrysostom, Augustine and Hildegard of Bingen to Jonathan Edwards, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Aimee Semple McPherson, and Chris Brain. In its exploration of the impact of the sermon on the interpretation of Scripture, 'Delivering the Word' will be of interest to students of biblical and religious studies.

Reading the Early Church Fathers

From the Didache to Nicaea

Author: James Leonard Papandrea

Publisher: Paulist Press

ISBN: 0809147513

Category: Religion

Page: 343

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Reading the Early Church Fathers introduces the reader to the primary sources of Church history, with commentary that will help the reader make sense of the theological/Christological trajectory that led the Church from the New Testament era, through the apologists, to the development of the major doctrines of the Church. Papandrea's treatment of the early Church fathers is unique in that he situates his discussion against the social and cultural context of the Roman Empire and its relationship to the Church, especially with regard to the effect of the persecutions on the Church. Instead of providing actual excerpts of the works under discussion;' Reading the Early Church Fathers directs the reader to the primary sources available on the Internet, resources that will be updated regularly. The result, for all students of the early Church, is a unique and unprecedented "big picture" of early Christian literature. Book jacket.

Tradition and the Rule of Faith in the Early Church

Author: Ronnie J. Rombs

Publisher: CUA Press

ISBN: 0813217938

Category: Religion

Page: 351

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Tradition and the rule of faith are particularly apt themes for this collection of studies. The essays are written in honor of Joseph T. Lienhard, S.J., renowned American patristic scholar whose research and writings have focused on this particular theme.

Joseph Smith’s Tritheism

The Prophet’s Theology in Historical Context, Critiqued from a Nicene Perspective

Author: Dayton Hartman

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630872784

Category: Religion

Page: 162

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I have always declared God to be a distinct personage, Jesus Christ a separate and distinct personage from God the Father, and that the Holy Ghost was a distinct personage and a Spirit: and these three constitute three distinct personages and three Gods. --Joseph Smith Few figures in North American religious history are quite as enigmatic as Joseph Smith. His unabashed adherence to tritheism gave birth to one of the most influential religious movements in American history. Many attempts have been made to engage his life and unorthodox theology. However, Joseph Smith's Tritheism is a unique text that blends church history, thoughtful theological exegesis, and evangelical apologetics in an attempt to engage Joseph Smith's theology anew.

Homilies on Judges

Author: Origen,Elizabeth Ann Dively Lauro

Publisher: CUA Press

ISBN: 0813201195

Category: Religion

Page: 138

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Teaching and Understanding Pneumatology & Spiritual Gifts

Exegetes and Apologetes Emphatically on Leadership and Ministry, an Interdisciplinary Text

Author: Elijah E. Dunbar

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781462819607

Category: Religion

Page: 315

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The geographical extent of the orient and occident is a validation of the cultural and ideological differences that have existed with constancies between the two hemispheres throughout the ions of time. Ideological pluralism has been the common practice of the inhabitants of both spheres but with unique manifestations. Christianity along with other religions are warmly embraced and pragmatically characterized by the orientals and occidentals with reserved peculiarities. Oriental Christians viewed pneumatology as being a significant particle of their theological and liturgical lives, while Occidental Christians see Christology as the primal substance in Christianity. Although both groups have a history of singling out this distinction, over the years, theologians and theology have helped both sides understand the importance of both pneumatology and Christology in Christianity. It is concertedly understood that neither of the two can be studied or taught without the other. Their inseparable existence makes Christianity a complete whole. The authors exploration and literary expedition through myriad of sources allow him to compile data relevant to understanding the importance of the Holy Ghost and Spiritual gifts within the Christian community. Whether a secular or non-secular intellectual, you will find the information in this book to be rewarding, resourceful and informative. You will come across comments from some of humanitys and Christendoms finest and brightest academics in an eclectic form. Join the author now on his literary expedition. Welcome!

Comparative Religion For Dummies

Author: William P. Lazarus,Mark Sullivan

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118052277

Category: Religion

Page: 384

View: 412

Understand the beliefs, customs, and rituals of each faith The fun and easy way to know the common elements of these widespread religions Want to know more about the faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam? This plain-English guide traces their evolution from their commonorigin - Abraham - and explains their different, yet linked, beliefs.You'll see how each religion developed, endured setbacks, and became a fixture in modern society - and you'll learn how members havedeveloped similar approaches to worship. Discover: How the belief in one God originated The roots of Abraham's family tree The sacred texts of each faith Major similarities and differences How these religions influenced the world

The Popular Handbook of Archaeology and the Bible

Author: Joseph M. Holden

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers

ISBN: 0736944850

Category: Religion

Page: 417

View: 7088

From two leading Christian apologists, here is a fascinating survey of the most important Old and New Testament archaeological discoveries through the ages. Biblical archaeology has always stirred excitement among believers and curiosity among unbelievers. The evidence dug up with a spade can speak volumes--and serve as a powerful testimony of the reliability of Scripture. Norm Geisler and Joe Holden have put together an impressive array of finds that confirm the biblical peoples and events of ages past. In a user-friendly format written in popular style, they... examine the latest finds and explain their significance include dozens of photographs provide an instructive chart of artifacts (along with fast facts) sample a variety of finds--papyri, inscriptions, scrolls, ossuaries, and more If readers are looking for just one book to cover this topic both concisely and comprehensively, this is it!

Irish Orientalism

A Literary and Intellectual History

Author: Joseph Lennon

Publisher: Syracuse University Press

ISBN: 9780815631644

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 478

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Centuries before W. B. Yeats wove Indian, Japanese, and Irish forms together in his poetry and plays, Irish writers found kinships in Asian and West Asian cultures. This book maps the unacknowledged discourse of Irish Orientalism within Ireland's complex colonial heritage. Relying on cultural and postcolonial theory, Joseph Lennon examines Irish impressions of Asia and West Asia, understood together as the Orient in the West. British writers from Cambrensis to Spenser depicted Ireland as a remote border land inhabited by wild descendants of Asian Scythians--barbarians to the ancient Greeks. Contemporaneous Irish writers likewise borrowed classical traditions, imagining the Orient as an ancient homeland. Lennon traces Irish Orientalism through origin legends, philology, antiquarianism, historiography into Irish literature and culture, exploring the works of Keating, O'Flaherty, Swift, Vallancey, Sheridan, Moore, Croker, Owenson, Mangan, de Vere, and others. He focuses on a key moment of Irish Orientalism--the twentieth-century Celtic Revival--discussing the works of Gregory, Casement, Connolly, and Joyce, but including Theosophist writers W. B. Yeats, George Russell, James Stephens, and James Cousins.

Hear the Ancient Wisdom

A Meditational Reader for the Whole Year from the Early Church Fathers up to the Pre-Reformation

Author: Charles Ringma

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1621895785

Category: Religion

Page: 422

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There is a hunger in the modern world for spirituality. One vast resource of spiritual wisdom comes from the pre-Reformation church--from the martyrs of the first centuries of Christianity, through the long tradition of monasticism, to the medieval Christian mystics. These are the deep wells of Christian reflection from persons such as John Chrysostom, Augustine, Benedict, Francis of Assisi, Bonaventure, Bernard of Clairvaux, Meister Eckhart, Hildegard of Bingen, and Julian of Norwich, to mention just a few. The spiritual insights of over seventy men and women of pre-Reformation Christianity are found in these pages. From these figures we can learn more about the practices of prayer and contemplation, a life of following Christ, the relevance of community, the challenge of asceticism, the movement of withdrawal and engagement, the love of God for God's own sake, living the gospel, sacrificing for the kingdom of God, the longing for union with God, the practices of justice, and a life of prophetic witness. For us, so embedded and shaped by the modern world, this ancient wisdom will come as refreshing water and as a breath of fresh air, with the wings of the Spirit and whispers of angels.

How to See the Holy Spirit, Angels, and Demons

Ignatius of Loyola on the Gift of Discerning of Spirits in Church Ethics

Author: Gordon James Klingenschmitt

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1630870870

Category: Religion

Page: 290

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Are God, angels, and demons really invisible? Or can the spirits be seen with human eyes, through the lens of Church Ethics? The gift of discerning of spirits is indispensible to the study of church ethics. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), wrote two sets of Rules for Discerning of Spirits in his Spiritual Exercises in the early 1500s. He taught how the church can receive from God the gift to see otherwise invisible angels, demons, and the Holy Spirit. Ignatius' views were influenced by John Cassian, Jacobus de Voragine, Ludolph of Saxony, and Thomas à Kempis. Ignatius' Rules are exegeted in dialogue with contemporary scholars Karl Rahner, Hugo Rahner, Piet Penning de Vries, Jules Toner, and Timothy Gallagher, and applied to one study of ecclesial ethics in the narrative theology of Samuel Wells. A four-step Ignatian pneumato-ethical method is developed, which any analyst can follow to see the spirits, by consolation/desolation, consent, manifestation, and pneumato-ethics. This method revolutionizes how we study ecclesiology, soteriology, missiology/world religions, liturgy, worship, Eucharist, hermeneutics, homiletics, pastoral counseling, church history, and politics. The spirits are not invisible at all. They can be clearly discerned through the lens of ecclesial ethics.