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This book, a re-issue of the 1999 edition, demonstrates that the way of life we call Christian is lived in relationships to others. Christian faith, understood as practical piety, calls for a life opened to the world at large, concerned for the "stranger" as well as for the neighbor. Sedgwick further emphasizes that the Christian life is grounded in the experience and worship of God. His work thus develops Christian ethics as "sacramental ethics," an ethic that has at its center a deepening encounter with God. Written in a style accessible to non-specialists, this book provides teachers, pastors, counselors, and general readers with an ideal introduction to Christian ethics. It renews the topic of Christian ethics by showing readers that faithful moral living is achieved through the daily practices of grace and godliness. The author first explores the foundations of Christian ethics as seen by both Catholics and Protestants, and then develops a constructive view of morality as a way of life. Taking into account the central themes of Christian ethics, he shows that effective piety is built on spiritual disciplines that deepen our experience of God: prayer, worship, self examination, simplicity, and acts of hospitality.
**Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love has been submitted to the Subcommittee on the Catechism, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Declarations of conformity with both the Catechism of the Catholic Church and Doctrinal Elements of a Curriculum Framework for the Development of Catechetical Materials for Young People of High School Age are pending. Christian Morality: Our Response to God's Love Students face countless choices and challenges in their daily lives. This course addresses how a relationship with Christ and the Church can lead to choices that are in accord with God's plan. The students learn what it means to live as a disciple of Christ and how the Church strengthens this discipleship. The Living in Christ Series * Makes the most of the wisdom and experience of Catholic high school teachers as they empower and guide students to participate in their own learning. * Engages students' intellect and responds to their natural desire to know God. * Encourages faith in action through carefully-crafted learning objectives, lessons, activities, active learning, and summative projects that address multiple learning styles. What you will find . . . * Each Living in Christ student book is developed in line with the U. S. Bishops' High School Curriculum Framework and provides key doctrine essential to the course in a clear and accessible way, making it relevant to the students and how they live their lives. * Each Living in Christ teacher guide carefully crafts the lessons, based on the key principles of Understanding by Design, to guide the students' understanding of key concepts. * Living in Christ offers an innovative, online learning environment featuring flexible and customizable resources to enrich and empower the teacher to respond to the diverse learning needs of the students. * The Living in Christ series is available to you in traditional full-color text and in digital textbook format, offering you options to meet your preferences and needs.
As Matthew Fox notes, when an aging Albert Einstein was asked if he had any regrets, he replied, "I wish I had read more of the mystics earlier in my life." The 365 writings in Christian Mystics represent a wide-ranging sampling of these readings for modern-day seekers of all faiths -- or no faith. Fox is uniquely qualified to comment on these profound, sometimes startling, often denounced insights. In 1998, this longtime member of the Dominican Order was silenced by Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict, for his Creation Spirituality, an ecumenical teaching that embraces gender justice, social justice, and eco-justice. The daily readings he shares here speak to the sacredness of the earth, awe and gratitude, darkness and shadow, compassion and creativity, sacred sexuality, and peacemaking.
"They said what they would do, and we did not listen. Then they did what they said they would do." So ends the first chapter of this brilliantly readable counterfactual novel, reminding us that America's Christian fundamentalists have been consistently clear about their vision for a "Christian Nation" and dead serious about acquiring the political power to achieve it. When President McCain dies and Sarah Palin becomes president, the reader, along with the nation, stumbles down a terrifyingly credible path toward theocracy, realizing too late that the Christian right meant precisely what it said. In the spirit of Philip Roth's The Plot Against America, one of America's foremost lawyers lays out in chilling detail what such a future might look like: constitutional protections dismantled; all aspects of life dominated by an authoritarian law called "The Blessing," enforced by a totally integrated digital world known as the "Purity Web." Readers will find themselves haunted by the questions the narrator struggles to answer in this fictional memoir: "What happened, why did it happen, how could it have happened?" Further, "The scariest thing about Christian Nation is that it's so plausible. No violent revolution, no blood in the streets, is necessary for Americans to lose their freedoms--just a failure to defend the liberties that we often take for granted." Even though this book appears to be anti-Christian, by reading this book, Christian readers will gain insight into the thinking of those who think differently from them and will cause these readers to question what true Christianity is and is not.
With advice onparenting coming from several angles, what do you listen to and what do youignore? Develop your own biblical philosophy of parenting and use it to filterthe many ideas that come your way. In this book you'll learn how to:Identify character qualities to address problemsBuild internal motivationTransfer responsibility for change to the childTeach kids to be solvers instead of whinersUse creativity to teach your kids spiritual truthsAvoid the "boxing ring"Envision a positive futureAnd much more!With these strategies you'll be able to move from behaviormodification to a heart-based approach to parenting. Instead of relying on rewards, incentives, threats, andpunishment, you'll learn how to identify heart lessons to teach your child and implement them in practical ways. The ChristianParenting Handbook by Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, founders of theNational Center for Biblical Parenting, compiles fifty parenting principlesthat use heart-based strategies to teach you how to face daily challenges. Whenparents focus on the heart, kids learn to ask different questions about life.Instead of asking, "What's in it for me?" they learn to ask, "What's the right thing to do?" You'll soon see howa heart-based approach to parenting looks deeper and brings about greater,lasting change. The daily interaction you have with your children can impactthem for the rest of their lives. With these fifty heart-based strategies,you'll develop your own biblical philosophy of parenting and gain perspective,greater motivation, and confidence that you're moving in the right direction.As you envision a positive future for your children, they'll experience hopeand direction and you will too. Start applying these principles today!
Etienne Gilson explains the foundations of St. Thomas Aquinas's thoughts and Christian philosophy.Gilson is also the author of History of Christian Philosophy in the Middle Ages.
Advice and examples help you find your own prayer styleDiscover how prayer works and why you need it now more than everDo you want to pray, but you're not sure how? This friendly guide explains the different kinds of prayer - revealing how and why to pray and how to discern God's answers. You'll see how to overcome hindrances, how to use a journal, and how to pray on your own. Discover what "Thy will be done" means and how to approach prayers that seemingly haven't been answered.The Dummies Way* Explanations in plain English* "Get in, get out" information* Icons and other navigational aids* Tear-out cheat sheet* Top ten lists* A dash of humor and fun
Reading and understanding the classics is important for college preparation, as well as for personal enjoyment. With the Christian Reading Companion for 50 Classics you can gain a deeper understanding of them from a Christian perspective. Selections include books and plays for both middle school and high school levels. Whether supplementing an existing curriculum or doing a special survey course on classic literature, this is a challenging guide which presents: Short descriptions of each title Objective and discussion questions to stir thought Quotations that give insights into character, plot, and more. The student chapters are in the first part of the volume, and the teacher's answer keys are available in the back section. The objective test portions are found in each chapter and also offered as a free download for classroom use at nlpg.com/50classicsaids. This guided analysis is also a helpful introduction to the discussions found in Dr. Stobaugh's American, British, and World Literature curriculum. Get even more out of your literary experiences with a glossary, brief author biographies, and age-appropriate suggestions for your student. A detailed answer guide helps you turn a love of reading into a credited, educational course that will encourage an appreciation of the written word, develop vocabulary skills, and prompt a deeper interaction with books that are foundational for college-prep activities!
In Christian Reflections C.S. Lewis brings his vast and original intellect to bear on a wealth of subjects, including ethics, historicism, Christianity and culture. This selection of essays and papers, drawn from all stages of his career, presents Lewis at his most varied and profound.
The declaration: "You don't have a choice. You will return with me to England." The deed: In the dark of night, British spy Christian Seaton, Duke of Sutherland, abducts Lisette Duprée and flees French mercenaries in a race against time. Christian must protect her at all costs-Lisette is the answer to everything in the Dangerous Dukes' work for the crown. The difficulty: Innocent Lisette is an enticing temptation who's increasingly hard to resist!
A brief and non-technical account of the development of Christian Spirituality in its social and historical context.
This book aims to equip you to engage with the great spiritual riches of the Christian tradition, and it does so by introducing you to some of the great themes and texts of that tradition and encouraging and enabling you to engage with it
In this influential book in shaping Disciples thought, Alexander Campbell summarizes his theology in The Christian System. He outlines a commonsense biblical doctrine against the complex theories of the schools and the sects and emphasizes reliance on the Bible and insists on going to the sources.
As Ace and John, two friends, are searching for holiday gifts in London, they come across a lion cub for sale in Harrods, the famous department store! Unable to bear the thought of leaving the cub, Ace and John take him home and name him Christian. After a year of fun and mischief Christian has grown up, and Ace and John realize that their pet needs to be among other lions and deserves to live free, in his natural environment. Luckily, friends help introduce Christian to the African wild. Christian the Lion tells the riveting true story of one animal's ability to adapt to life in the wild, and captures the unexpectedly enduring connection between man and animal.
This text helps students acquire a basic theological literacy in key persons and events of the Bible and the Christian faith, and in Christianity's encounter with culture at large. Historically arranged, it also addresses five major themes of systematic theology: revelation, God, creation, Jesus, and church.
All religious traditions that ground themselves in texts must grapple with certain questions concerning the texts' authority. Yet there has been much debate within Christianity concerning the nature of scripture and how it should be understood--a debate that has gone on for centuries.Christian Theologies of Scripture traces what the theological giants have said about scripture from the early days of Christianity until today. It incorporates diverse discussions about the nature of scripture, its authority, and its interpretation, providing a guide to the variety of views about the Bible throughout the Christian tradition.Preeminent scholars including Michael S. Horton, Graham Ward, and Pamela Bright offer chapters on major figures in the pre-modern, reformation, and early modern eras, from Origen and Aquinas to Luther and Calvin to Barth and Balthasar. They illuminate each thinker's understanding of the Christian scriptures and their views on interpreting the Bible. The book also includes overview chapters to orient readers to the key questions regarding scripture in each era, as well as chapters on scripture and feminism, scripture in the African American Christian tradition, and scripture and postmodernism.This volume will be indispensable reading for students and all those interested in the nature and authority of Christian scripture.
Leading evangelical scholar Millard Erickson offers a new edition of his bestselling textbook, now substantially updated and revised throughout. This edition takes into account feedback from professors and students and reflects current theological conversations, with added material on the atonement, justification, and divine foreknowledge. Erickson's comprehensive introduction is biblical, contemporary, moderate, and fair to various positions, and it applies doctrine to Christian life and ministry.
From the book: This book aims to introduce you to the basics of Christian theology. It assumes that you know nothing about the subject. It introduces and explains the following aspects of Christian theology: its leading ideas; how those ideas are developed and defended; its basic vocabulary, especially technical terms; the key debates that have influenced Christian thinking during the last two thousand years; the leading thinkers who have shaped Christian theology down the centuries. After you have worked through this book, you will be able to achieve the following objectives: read and understand more advanced works of theology, including works by major theologians, and works about major theologians or areas of theology; benefit from the growing body of theological material on the Internet - some of which is identified in the "Theological Resources on the Internet" section of the dedicated website linked to this book; make sense of lectures and talks dealing with Christian theology; make informed contributions to debates and discussions in churches, universities, seminaries, and colleges; give accurate and reliable introductory presentations to church and student audiences on many aspects of Christian thought. ... This is an excellent reference for the beginning student as well as the experienced minister.
The Christian Travel Planner will enable you to plan and prepare for memorable and life-changing experiences. Discussing a multitude of trips, from Holy Land and European pilgrimage tours to mission trips and conference cruises, this book is accessible and user-friendly. Other vacations include fellowship vacations, camps, conventions, adventure vacations, and monastic guest-stays. Complete with stories, must-see descriptions, and website and travel reference information, this planner can also be used as a companion guide while traveling or simply from the comfort of your home, as you explore Christianity's famous sites via the computer. Learn how to begin or enrich a Christian travel ministry at your church, faith community, or organization. The Christian Travel Planner introduces readers to the world of faith-based travel and identifies the plethora of opportunities available to Christians planning a vacation.
In this cogent volume, renowned Christian historian Martin Marty delivers a brief yet sweeping account of Christianity and how it spread from a few believers two thousand years ago to become the world's largest religion. Comprising nearly one third of the world's population-more than two billion followers-Christianity is distinctive among major faiths in that it derives both its character and its authority from the divinity of its central figure, Jesus Christ. Examining this facet of Christianity from historical and sociological viewpoints, Marty lays bare the roots of this faith, in turn chronicling its success throughout the world. Writing with great style, and providing impeccable interpretations of historical, canonical, and liturgical documents, Marty gives readers of all faiths and levels of familiarity with Christian practices and history a highly useful and supremely accessible primer. He depicts the life of Christ and his teachings and explains how the apostles set out to spread the Gospel. With a special emphasis on global Christianity, he shows how the religion emerged from its ancestral homelands in Africa, the Levant, and Asia Minor, was imported to Europe, and then spread from there to the rest of the world, most often via trade and conquest. While giving a broad overview, Marty also focuses on specific issues, such as how Christianity struggles with the polar tensions inherent to many of the faith's denominations, and how it attempts to reconcile some of its stances on armed conflict, justice, and dominion with the teachings of Christ. The Christian Worldis a chronicle of one of the great belief systems and its many followers. It's a magnificent story of emperors and kings, war and geography, theology and politics, saints and sinners, and the earthly battle to save souls. Above all, it's a remarkable testament to the teachings of Christ and how his message spreads around the globe to touch human experience everywhere.
In his beloved story, The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien takes readers into a world unlike any other, yet so much seems familiar. As Bilbo journeys there and back again, glimpses of the spiritual are seen. Previous guides to Tolkien's fiction have often made one of two wrong turnings: either they have entirely overlooked the Christian elements or they have claimed to find "Christian" elements everywhere, going far beyond the fundamental aspects that have been absorbed into the story. The Christian World of The Hobbit does what no book has done: it brings Tolkien fans new delight by introducing a side of Tolkien that is rarely explored but vitally important to his writings--especially to The Hobbit. Written by internationally regarded Tolkien scholar, Devin Brown, this approachable, witty, and highly entertaining. Click here to download the FREE Study Guide.
For more than 25 years, The Christian Writer's Market Guide has been the most comprehensive and highly recommended resource available for Christian writers, agents, editors, publishers, publicists, and writing teachers. Wherever an author is at on the spectrum of writing--from beginner to seasoned professional--this book will help them find what they are looking for. This is the must-have tool for getting noticed and published and the ultimate reference tool for the aspiring Christian writer. Detailed listings for more than 180 book publishers, subsidy publishers, and self-publishers Detailed listings for more than 170 periodicals by category with rates of pay Detailed listings for literary agencies, writing contests, conferences, workshops, editorial services, and writers' groups Extensive information on electronic and print-on-demand publishing 100 bonus pages filled with a wealth of how-to information, ideas, and tips
Ben Forman was just an ordinary guy, a young professional starting his first job and falling in love with his girlfriend. Living on the outskirts of a southern city, he didn't think the zombie activity so common in metropolitan areas would hit so close to home. But it was becoming clear that the mysterious infection reanimating the dead would soon be a worldwide epidemic. Cutting-edge and culturally relevant, The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook is a unique combination of fiction and nonfiction. It delivers a fresh approach to sin, grace, and salvation, exposing the raging beast within us all, and how to overcome life as a zombie. EndorsementsJeff Kinley has found a way to communicate God's grace to a new audience. The Christian Zombie Killers Handbook is culturally relevant, deeply perceptive and really inspires us to discover the truth for ourselves.In this volume, you will find a gripping, face-paced zombie survival story as good as any you'll read in a mainstream horror novel or see in the latest Romero film. But, you'll also find a parallel commentary providing a startlingly honest insight and unique perspective on our struggle with sin. -Sean T Page, author of War against the Walking Dead & The Official Zombie Handbook.
The New York Times bestseller and definitive history of Christianity for our time--from the award-winning author of The Reformation and SilenceA product of electrifying scholarship conveyed with commanding skill, Diarmaid MacCulloch's Christianity goes back to the origins of the Hebrew Bible and encompasses the globe. It captures the major turning points in Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox history and fills in often neglected accounts of conversion and confrontation in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. MacCulloch introduces us to monks and crusaders, heretics and reformers, popes and abolitionists, and discover Christianity's essential role in shaping human history and the intimate lives of men and women. And he uncovers the roots of the faith that galvanized America, charting the surprising beliefs of the founding fathers, the rise of the Evangelical movement and of Pentecostalism, and the recent crises within the Catholic Church. Bursting with original insights and a great pleasure to read, this monumental religious history will not soon be surpassed.
With over two billion adherents worldwide, Christianity is the world's largest religion. However, with a multitude of denominations, and a huge variety of opinions on many of its central tenets, it can be difficult to obtain a balanced overview of the faith. Renowned theologian and bestselling author Keith Ward draws from his vast array of experience and knowledge to provide a unique and authoritative introduction for the simply curious and for those seeking a deeper understanding of this complex faith. Examining differing Christian perspectives on fifteen major themes which range from Creation to conceptions of the Trinity, Ward reveals a religion which is united by a common belief, despite being stunningly multifaceted, as he encourages readers to think creatively about a tradition whose impact has been felt in the most remote areas of the planet.
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