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Invitation to faith : Christian belief today

Author: Paul T Jersild
Publisher: Minneapolis : Augsburg Pub. House, ©1978.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul T Jersild
ISBN: 0806616229 9780806616223 0806616237 9780806616230
OCLC Number: 4499929
Description: 223 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. The issue is faith --
a. Religious belief and Christian faith --
b. Challenges to Christian faith --
Faith in a "Post-Christian era" --
Faith and relativism --
Faith and self-deception --
Faith and human tragedy --
2. Faith and theology --
a. The theologian's task --
b. The question of authority --
c. Revelation, the Bible, and other religions --
3. The fundamental question: Who am I? --
a. Current understandings of human nature --
The evolutionary view --
The behaviorist view --
The Marxist view --
The Freudian view --
b. Human life as a problem to itself --
The concept of sin --
Original sin and the Fall --
The demonic in human experience --
d. The unity and destiny of human existence --
The distinction between soul and body --
The ultimate question: human destiny --
4. Jesus and His resurrection --
a. Jesus and the problem of history --
What do we know about Jesus? --
History and the finality of Jesus --
b. The message and deeds of Jesus --
Jesus and the Messianic expectation --
The wonder works of Jesus --
c. The cross and resurrection --
New Testament views of the resurrection --
Was it a historical event? --
5. Spelling out the meaning of Jesus --
a. The "Word" of God --
b. Jesus as human and divine --
c. Contemporary thinking about Jesus --
d. What difference does Jesus make? --
Views of the atonement --
"God was in Christ ..." --
6. God --
the mystery --
a. The problem of God-talk --
Theological language as myth, analogy, and paradox --
God as person --
b. Our knowledge of God --
Arguments for the reality of God --
Natural theology and revelation --
The dogmas of the Trinity --
7. God and the world --
a. The world as created --
b. Divine sovereignty and human freedom --
The God of law --
The God of providence --
The problem of evil --
c. God in current theology --
Process theology --
Theology of hope --
8. Faith active in community --
a. The Holy Spirit and the community of faith --
b. Is the church for real? --
The divided church --
The hypocritical church --
The closed church --
Defining the authentic church --
c. The church at worship --
The word and sacraments --
Worship and the kingdom of God --
9. On being faithful --
a. Problems in personal commitment --
Dealing with doubt --
How does one pray? --
b. The faithful life --
The ethics of love --
The ethics of freedom --
What about situation ethics? --
c. Liberation theology --
A concluding word.
Responsibility: Paul Jersild.

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