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Christianity : a short introduction

Author: Keith Ward
Publisher: Oxford, U.K. : Oneworld, 2003, ©2000.
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In a unique and authoritative approach, War presents three differing interpretations for over fifteen keey Christian doctrines, including original sin, the Trinity and eternal life. The result is a fascinating introduction not only to Christian beliefs themselves, but also to the similarities and differences in perspective that characterize this global faith.

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Keith Ward
ISBN: 1851682295 9781851682294
OCLC Number: 57251616
Notes: "Reprinted ... 2003."
Includes index.
Description: 184 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Creation --
First view : six-day creation --
Second view : timeless creation --
Third view : continuous creation --
The existence of evil --
First view : the privation of being --
Second view : the autonomy of matter --
Third view : the misuse of freedom --
The soul --
First view : dualism of soul and body --
Second view : psycho-physical unity --
Third view : the soul as the form of the body --
Sin and 'the fall' --
First view : original sin as inherited --
Second view : original sin as estrangement --
Third view : original sin as a necessary stage in evolution --
Jesus, the incarnation of God --
First view : asymbolic Christology --
Second view : a divine man Christology --
Third view : a spirit Christology --
Atonement --
First view : atonement as victory --
Second view : atonement as sacrifice --
Third view : atonement as healing --
Revelation and the world religions --
First view : only Christians can be saved --
Second view : all can be saved, but only by Jesus Christ --
Third view : all can be saved by their own faith --
The Trinity --
First view : the social Trinity --
Second view : three ways of being God --
Third view : the history of the threefold God --
The Church --
First view : the Church as a sacramental community --
Second view : the Church as a fellowship of faith --
Third view : the Church as a vocational community --
The Bible --
First view : the Bible as inerrant norm of faith --
Second view : the Bible as witness to revelation --
Third view : the Bible as record of revelatory experience --
The teaching of Jesus --
First view : heroic moral rules --
Second view : counsels of perfection --
Third view : ideals of the heart --
Christianity and ethics --
First view : the Bible as the basis of ethics --
Second view : natural law as the basis of ethics --
Third view : personalism as the basis of ethics --
Christianity and culture --
First view : art and science in the service of faith --
Second view : art and science begin to separate from faith --
Third view : art and science as alternatives to faith --
Prayer --
First view : liturgy --
Second view : devotion --
Third view : contemplation --
Eternal life --
First view : a literal interpretation --
Second view : a metaphorical interpretation --
Third view : a realist and non-literal interpretation.
Responsibility: Keith Ward.


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