This book is meant to be a thought provoking yet enlightening read, it is designed to be a philosophical study of the meaning and nature of religion. It includes the analyses of religious concepts, beliefs, terms, arguments, and practices of religious adherents. The most critical and comprehensive thought process developed by human beings is Philosophy. The book focuses on making the reader a philosopher, transform their way of thinking from obedience to questioning. The answers offered by Religion are not subject to the careful scrutiny of reason and logic. Many religious beliefs defy logic and seem to be unreasonable. "Rethinking The Divine" offers what some would be satisfied in believing to a severe examination. "Rethinking The Divine" is about rational thought on religious issues and concerns without a presumption of the existence of a deity or reliance on acts of faith.Thinking critically about religious beliefs might indicate that they are flawed in a number of ways: inconsistent, contradictory, without evidence to support the basic claims. This does not mean that "Rethinking The Divine" attempts to disprove religious beliefs. But it is intending to use Science, Research and Philosophy to reveal that religious belief are just that beliefs and not empirical claims. Religious language is not ordinary language and certainly not scientific language. "Rethinking The Divine" helps us to understand this.
The universally human element of Jesus' incarnation Despite the feverish pace of publishing in historical Jesus studies, biblical scholars and theologians have not notably progressed in addressing the meaning and significance of the figure of Jesus in ways credible for contemporary persons. In this creative and insightful work, Burns seeks to understand the significance of Jesus and his incarnation through the category of participation. The central theological claims in the traditional concept of incarnation are anchored and illumined by Jesus' particular ability for empathy, sympathy, attunement, and entrainment. This notion, derived from the psychological research of Daniel Stern, allows Burns to show that incarnation — the capacity to participate in the life of others — is present not only in Jesus but to some extent in all people and in all religions. It further illumines features of God's trinitarian life and our lifelong journey into God (deification).
Rethinking Personal Stewardship a systematic approach to assist individuals create a mission-driven development plan for their lives. The plan strategies encompass designing goals and objectives to adequately manage and maintain one’s life, time, resources and health through seven biblical principles. It challenges one to rethink these biblical principles of stewardship and how it relates to their lives on a personal day-to-day basis. It calls for the discipline of faithfulness, loyalty, commitment, and obedience to God as His stewards and the blessing that awaits. It is the author’s mission to educate and empower God’s people on these biblical principles and disciplines so they can be free from financial and life’s worries, allowing them to become more involved in taking the Gospel to the world. The book is the cornerstone for reconnecting, reclaiming, and recommitting the people of God to himself as stewards of God.
Key to a theology of scripture are the important issues of history, consciousness, rhetoric, and how theology functions in relation to interpretation of Christianity's religious texts. Seeking to address a critical problem in theology and the interpretation of scripture raised by modern historical consciousness, Ben Fulford argues for a densely historical and theological reading of scripture centered in a Christological rubric. The argument herein uncovers a figural pattern of divine action and presence in the sacred texts. Tracing the problem through the modern theological heritage, the author turns to a comparative account of theologically patterned reading represented by patristic theology in Gregory of Nazianzus and postliberal theology in its pivotal founder, Hans Frei. The book addresses the challenge of historicity and historical consciousness, argues for the relevance of pre-modern approaches to scripture, and offers a fresh and extensive account of two salient figures from the early and contemporary tradition, thus enacting a theology of retrieval as a resource on a present issue of vital importance.
In the weeks after September 11, 2001, some conservative evangelists spoke of the terrorist attacks as God's judgment on the United States. Such comments appalled other Christians, who insisted the U.S. was an innocent victim of an act of pure evil. Dan O. Via offers a nuanced, sensitive, and deeply challenging exploration of the biblical themes of God's justice and judgment over the nations. Book jacket.
In Rethinking the Medieval Legacy for Contemporary Theology, six distinguished theologians bridge medieval and contemporary theologies by developing the theological significance of medieval insights in response to contemporary issues. Their nuanced readings of medieval texts, extended to major theological issues of our time, provide examples of the retrieval of the medieval tradition, an essential part of any contemporary theological reconstruction. Barbara Newman extends the theology of perichoresis or mutual indwelling to illuminate the relationship between donor and recipient in the case of organ transplants; Marilyn McCord Adams applies insights about divine friendship to the perennial issue of horrendous evil; and Kevin Madigan brings principles of medieval exegesis to bear on the contemporary historical critical approach to biblical interpretation. Ingolf U. Dalferth applies insights from the doctrine of divine omnipotence and creation ex nihilo to deconstruct Heidegger’s limitation of the possibilities of authentic existence to historical facticity. Pim Valkenberg explores the possibilities of a theological encounter between Christianity and Islam in the works of Aquinas and Nicholas of Cusa; and Anselm K. Min applies the analogical insights of Aquinas on the nature and limits of human knowledge of God to a critique of contemporary theologies that claim to know either too little or too much about God.
Religion is an exiting field of study. It invites an ongoing work of interpretation and reinterpretation, thinking and rethinking. This book includes a range of religious studies, interreligious diaologue, and philosophical-theological topics that will be of interest to a wide diversity of readers.
Young Bin Moon constructs a public theology for the information age, appropriating Niklas Luhmann's systems theory. He argues that theological discourse is a communicative quasi-system optimizing religion's observation of divine manifestation, and its interpenetration with society, via recursive interactions with diverse social systems. Coherent conceptualizations of doctrines are offered: God as a communicative system sui generis marked by perfect divine media, Word and Spirit; creation as divine mediatization ad extra; humanity as Homo medialis or the codified co-codifier; revelation as religion's observation of God's interpenetration with the world systems. Theology, it is also argued, can contribute to the societal process of optimizing global justice by disseminating religious visions of justice in the public arena.
The series Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft (BZAW) covers all areas of research into the Old Testament, focusing on the Hebrew Bible, its early and later forms in Ancient Judaism, as well as its branching into many neighboring cultures of the Ancient Near East and the Greco-Roman world.
The book considers some of the stereotypes regarding Islamic and Quranic injunctions and re-examines them in the light of verses from the Quran and the Sharia. Some of these are Islamic views on non-muslim communities, tolerance, family planning, etc.
Offering new readings of major eary modern English poets such as Spenser, Milton and Donne, Kneidel counters the trend among literary critics to associate early modern religion with Pauline inwardness and self-formation by showing how these writers took Saint Paul as a model of rhetorical skill and political acumen.
Where could Mr Goon's nephew have disappeared to? Mr Goon has forbidden the Five Find-Outers from solving mysteries - so they decide to make one up for his nephew, Ern! But what will happen when Ern disappears, and their pretend mystery turns into a real one?
Belief in some sort of providence is widespread, even among those who do not profess any kind of conventional religious faith. The belief that some sort of benevolent divine force directs the events of the universe is one that has shaped our philosophical and theological convictions, together with our economic and social political landscape. The 2013 conference of the Science and Religion Forum was convened to discuss some of the most pressing questions that arise from a consideration of providence: Is a belief in providence compatible with freedom? What of the suffering of non-human creatures? Should providence be thought of as general or as special intervention? How might a belief in providence be squared with the challenges raised by scientific naturalism and the theory of evolution? This book presents chapters that originated from that conference, and explores a variety of responses to these critical questions. Insights from both science and theology are drawn together by some of the leading thinkers in this field. The result is a contribution to the theology of providence which will be of substantial value to all those interested in the conversation between science and religion.
"Essays retrace the historical development of rights in the West, assessing the influence of Locke, Burke, and the authors of the Declaration of Independence to clarify the experience of rights within the Western tradition, showing that rights need to ber
NOTE: Series number is not an integer: III Rethinking Secularization challenges the theme that modernity has led to secularization. Drawing on 16 case studies of the Reformed community around the globe, this volume shows that religious vitality at the personal level is often evident in the face of secularization on the national or denominational level.