What's the Least I Can Believe and Still be a Christian?

A Guide to what Matters Most : New Edition with Study Guide

Author: Martin Thielen

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 0664239382

Category: Religion

Page: 215

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Pastor and author Martin Thielen has compiled a list of ten things people need to believe, and ten things they don't, in order to be a Christian. This lively and engaging book will be a help to seekers as well as a comfort to believers who may find themselves questioning some of the assumptions they grew up with. With an accessible, storytelling style that's grounded in solid biblical scholarship, Thielen shows how Christians don't need to believe that sinners will be "left behind" to burn in hell or that it's heresy to believe in evolution. And while we must always take the Bible seriously, we don't always have to take it literally. At the same time, Christians do need to believe in Jesus--his life, his teachings, his death and resurrection, and his vision for the world. A great benefit of those beliefs is that they provide promising answers to life's most profound questions, including: Where is God? What matters most? What brings fulfillment? What about suffering? Is there hope? Thielen articulates centrist, mainline Christianity in a way that's fresh and easy to understand, and offers authentic Christian insights that speak to our deepest needs. This new edition includes a leader's guide, previously only available online, and a new introduction from the author that reflects on the book's reception. The leader's guide features unique and easily implemented aids for carrying out a seven-week, congregation-wide initiative that will help local churches reach out to their communities. More information is available at thielen.wjkbooks.com.

What's the Least I Can Believe and Still Be a Christian? New Edition with Study Guide

A Guide to What Matters Most

Author: Martin Thielen

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 9781611640922

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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Pastor and author Martin Thielen has compiled a list of ten things people need to believe, and ten things they don't, in order to be a Christian. This lively and engaging book will be a help to seekers as well as a comfort to believers who may find themselves questioning some of the assumptions they grew up with. With an accessible, storytelling style that's grounded in solid biblical scholarship, Thielen shows how Christians don't need to believe that sinners will be "left behind" to burn in hell or that it's heresy to believe in evolution. And while we must always take the Bible seriously, we don't always have to take it literally. At the same time, Christians do need to believe in Jesus--his life, his teachings, his death and resurrection, and his vision for the world. A great benefit of those beliefs is that they provide promising answers to life's most profound questions, including: Where is God? What matters most? What brings fulfillment? What about suffering? Is there hope? Thielen articulates centrist, mainline Christianity in a way that's fresh and easy to understand, and offers authentic Christian insights that speak to our deepest needs. This new edition includes a leader's guide, previously only available online, and a new introduction from the author that reflects on the book's reception. The leader's guide features unique and easily implemented aids for carrying out a seven-week, congregation-wide initiative that will help local churches reach out to their communities. More information is available at thielen.wjkbooks.com.

The Answer to Bad Religion Is Not No Religion- -Leader's Guide

A Guide to Good Religion for Seekers, Skeptics, and Believers

Author: Martin Thielen,Jessica Miller Kelly

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN: 066425960X

Category: Religion

Page: 64

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Perfect for group study, the leader's guide provides everything needed to facilitate sessions and provide options based on the time and style of each group. If you think the only logical response to bad Christianity is to leave Christianity completely, this book is for you. In an effort to help those who’ve been hurt by or turned off by negative religion, Martin Thielen explains that there is an alternative to abandoning religion: good religion. Thielen uses personal stories to illustrate the dangers of religion that is judgmental, anti-intellectual, and legalistic. While addressing the growth of the new atheism movement and the “Nones” (people that have no religious affiliation), this book argues that leaving religion is not practical, not helpful, and not necessary. Thielen provides counterparts to the characteristics of bad religion, explaining that good religion is grace-filled, promotes love and forgiveness, and is inclusive and hope-filled. This study is perfect for individual, group, or congregational study.

The Rise and Fall of the Bible

The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book

Author: Timothy Kandler Beal

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN: 0151013586

Category: Religion

Page: 244

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The author of Roadside Religion traces the evolution of the Bible from a collection of hand-written scrolls to the focus of a multi-billion-dollar business, covering subjects ranging from Christianity's pre-Bible period to the myriad versions that have existed.

The Athenæum

A Journal of Literature, Science, the Fine Arts, Music, and the Drama

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category:

Page: N.A

View: 9165

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Der Fall Jesus

Ein Journalist auf der Suche nach der Wahrheit

Author: Lee Strobel

Publisher: adeo Verlag

ISBN: 3641138701

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

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Wie bei einem Kriminalfall nimmt Lee Strobel auf der Suche nach Wahrheit Experten ins Kreuzverhör und konfrontiert sie mit wissenschaftlichen Fakten, anerkannten Beweisen und unangenehmen Fragen. Wie verlässlich ist das Neue Testament? Gibt es außerhalb der Bibel Beweise für die Existenz Jesu? Die „Gerichtsverhandlung“ können Sie in diesem aufregenden Buch nachverfolgen, doch das „Urteil“ müssen Sie selbst fällen ...

Christian Faith

Dogmatics in Outline

Author: Gerrish, Brian Albert Gerrish

Publisher: Presbyterian Publishing Corp

ISBN: 1611646049

Category: Dogma

Page: 400

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At the beginning of Christian Faith, B.A. Gerrish reminds us that dogmatics involves critical transmission of the Christian heritage. The dogmatic theologian must interpret and assess the traditional beliefs of the church while also considering the new and changing conditions in which that tradition is being embodied. With that, Gerrish goes on to outline the various presuppositions and affirmations of the Christian faith before ultimately offering a powerful and compelling restatement of Christian faith for the twenty-first century. As part of his framework, Gerrish includes a critical comparison of Calvin's Institutes of the Christian Religion and Schleiermacher's Christian Faith while still paying close attention to the great cloud of theological witnesses from across the spectrum of Christian traditions. Gerrish's book provides a robust and penetrating revisioning of Christian theology, one that is thoroughly grounded in the classical traditions of the church.

Live Original Devotional

Author: Sadie Robertson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501126512

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 256

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Sadie Robertson—star of A&E’s Duck Dynasty and Dancing with the Stars and darling of the third-generation of the Robertson family—shares a devotional book for young women and teen girls to help navigate their complicated, fun, stressful lives and apply powerful biblical principles to everyday life. Eighteen-year-old Sadie Robertson understands what it’s like to be a teenager and young woman in today’s demanding world. She has managed to “live original” and still uphold her family values and faith convictions. In her new devotional, Sadie shares the principles and values that guide her life, shows how she stays confident and encouraged, and offers helpful advice about living with purpose. This year-long devotional is perfect for today’s teenage girls and young women. Each week has five devotional offerings to choose from, as well as two days “off” to give you some flexibility. Whether you need a personal message from Sadie, a quick Scripture to remember, or space to journal, this devotional allows you to customize and select what you need each day. Sadie covers a wide range of topics including self-confidence, social media, bullying, dating, peer pressure, and more. It’s not always easy to live in today’s culture and hold onto your values and beliefs, but this devotional encourages you to stay positive and live a fulfilling life.

Born Believers

The Science of Children's Religious Belief

Author: Justin L. Barrett

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439196540

Category: Psychology

Page: 302

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A provocative report on the universal nature of divine beliefs; explains how the roots of religious perception begin in infancy and evolve into complex beliefs that share instinctive commonalities.

The Independent

Author: Leonard Bacon,Joseph Parrish Thompson,Richard Salter Storrs,Henry Ward Beecher,Joshua Leavitt,Henry Chandler Bowen,Theodore Tilton,William Hayes Ward,Harold de Wolf Fuller,Christian Archibald Herter,Hamilton Holt,Fabian Franklin

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

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Page: N.A

View: 1876

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The Modern Book of the Dead

A Revolutionary Perspective on Death, the Soul, and What Really Happens in the Life to Come

Author: Ptolemy Tompkins

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1451616538

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 304

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Draws on the teachings of major religious and philosophical traditions to outline a comprehensive "map" of the afterlife that explains that experiences of growth and change continue after death. By the author of The Divine Life of Animals. Reprint.

Laudato si

Die Umwelt-Enzyklika des Papstes

Author: Franziskus (Papst),

Publisher: Verlag Herder GmbH

ISBN: 345180736X

Category: Religion

Page: 288

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Mit großer Spannung wurde sie erwartet, auch von Nicht-Katholiken: Die Umwelt-Enzyklika von Papst Franziskus nimmt die heute entscheidenden Themen in den Blick; es geht um die geht um soziale, ökologische und politische Zusammenhänge. Wohl selten war ein päpstliches Schreiben so aktuell und brisant und vor allem relevant für alle Gesellschaftsschichten und Menschen weltweit. Mit "Laudato si" beweist Franziskus, dass die Kirche nach wie vor eine unverzichtbare Stimme im Diskurs zur Gestaltung der modernen Welt ist. Wer verstehen will, wie Papst und Kirche die großen Herausforderungen unserer Zeit bestehen wollen, kommt an diesem Werk nicht vorbei. Ein Muss für jeden, der an den drängenden Fragen unserer Zeit interessiert ist.

Ehe

Gottes Idee für das größte Versprechen des Lebens

Author: Timothy J. Keller,Kathy Keller

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783765513053

Category:

Page: 288

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Zelot

Jesus von Nazaret und seine Zeit

Author: Reza Aslan

Publisher: Rowohlt Verlag GmbH

ISBN: 3644039119

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 7898

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Das Christentum verehrt Jesus von Nazaret als sanften Hirten, dessen Reich nicht von dieser Welt sei. Aber entspricht dieses Bild der historischen Realität? Kann es den grausamen Kreuzestod plausibel erklären? Der amerikanische Religionswissenschaftler Reza Aslan meint: nein. Sein Buch, das in den USA für einen Skandal sorgte, versucht zu ergründen, wer Jesus war, bevor es das Christentum gab. Es ist das fesselnde, brillant erzählte Porträt eines Mannes voller Widersprüche, einer Epoche voll religiöser Inbrunst und blutiger Kämpfe und einer Weltreligion im Werden.