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Horrified by the poverty and human misery in industrial England, General William Booth and his Salvation Army brought the gospel and life-changing social services to the outcasts of society (1829-1912).
A major new introduction to the global history of Christianity, written by one of the world's leading theologians and author of numerous bestselling textbooks. Provides a truly global review by exploring the development of Christianity and related issues in Asia, Latin America and Africa, and not just focusing on Western concernsSpanning more than two millennia and combining elements of theology, history, and culture, it traces the development of all three branches of Christianity - Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox - providing context to Christianity's origins and its links to JudaismLooks beyond denominational history at Christianity's impact on individuals, society, politics, and intellectual thought, as well as on art, architecture, and the natural sciencesCombines McGrath's acute historical sensibility with formidable organizational skill, breaking the material down into accessible, self-contained historical periods Offers an accessible and student-oriented text, assuming little or no advance theological or historical knowledge on the part of the reader
In Christian Human Rights, Samuel Moyn asserts that the rise of human rights after World War II was prefigured and inspired by a defense of the dignity of the human person that first arose in Christian churches and religious thought in the years just prior to the outbreak of the war. The Roman Catholic Church and transatlantic Protestant circles dominated the public discussion of the new principles in what became the last European golden age for the Christian faith. At the same time, West European governments after World War II, particularly in the ascendant Christian Democratic parties, became more tolerant of public expressions of religious piety. Human rights rose to public prominence in the space opened up by these dual developments of the early Cold War.Moyn argues that human dignity became central to Christian political discourse as early as 1937. Pius XII's wartime Christmas addresses announced the basic idea of universal human rights as a principle of world, and not merely state, order. By focusing on the 1930s and 1940s, Moyn demonstrates how the language of human rights was separated from the secular heritage of the French Revolution and put to use by postwar democracies governed by Christian parties, which reinvented them to impose moral constraints on individuals, support conservative family structures, and preserve existing social hierarchies. The book ends with a provocative chapter that traces contemporary European struggles to assimilate Muslim immigrants to the continent's legacy of Christian human rights.
The Christian Imagination brings together in a single source the best that has been written about the relationship between literature and the Christian faith. This anthology covers all of the major topics that fall within this subject and includes essays and excerpts from fifty authors, including C.S. Lewis, Flannery O'Connor, Dorothy Sayers, and Frederick Buechner.
Christian Law: Contemporary Principles offers a detailed comparison of the laws of churches across ten distinct Christian traditions worldwide: Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, Lutheran, Methodist, Reformed, Presbyterian, United, Congregational and Baptist. From this comparison, Professor Doe proposes that all denominations of the faith share common principles in spite of their doctrinal divisions; and that these principles reveal a concept of 'Christian law' and contribute to a theological understanding of global Christian identity. Adopting a unique interdisciplinary approach, the book provides comprehensive coverage on the sources and purposes of church law, the faithful (lay and ordained), the institutions of church governance, discipline and dispute resolution, doctrine and worship, the rites of passage, ecumenism, property and finance, as well as church, state and society. This is an invaluable resource for lawyers and theologians who are engaged in ecumenical and interfaith dialogue, showing how dogmas may divide but laws link Christians across traditions.
This colorful reader will introduce students to God's marvelous creation and reinforce phonics principles. Students will also learn beginning vocabulary skills as he is exposed to new words. A glossary of terms is also provided at the end. (Christian Liberty Press) Grade: 1st
The Christian Life expounds such key biblical themes as grace, faith, repentance, new birth, and assurance with clarity and contagious enthusiasm.
What's a mom to do when her sweet baby's smiles and snuggles turn to tears and tantrums?This take on everything toddler--from throwing food to potty training to massive toddler fits--is filled with sanity-saving advice every mom wants to hear. Helpful tips include how to:stop a tantrum in its tracks (or at least survive the tantrum without breaking into tears of your own)discipline your child in a way that demonstrates Christ's redeeming lovemake your marriage a priority when your kid is a squeaky wheel that always seems to need your time and attentionintroduce your child to Jesus in a way that leads to authentic faithconvince a one-and-a-half year old that broccoli really is better than cookies--even if you don't believe it yourselfMoms will be entertained and encouraged by the amusing anecdotes and godly advice of this comprehensive, topical approach to parenting one and two year olds.
Prepares moms for the time when their school-aged kids take their first few steps into the world and away from mama's nest.Sending a child off to school is a whole lot more than stocking up on school supplies and packing a (somewhat) healthy lunch. This helpful guidebook walks Christian moms through: discovering a long-term vision for the person that Christ has purposed for your child to becomeinstilling a sense of "who I am and where I came from" in your childchoosing a school for your kidshelping your kids to develop key attributes--courage, kindness, perseverance--that lead to success in schooldealing with teachers, sports, and lessonsnavigating those difficult conversations that will come sooner rather than latera special feature includes sidebars "From the Principal's Office" with insights from a 35-year elementary school principal and educatorMoms will learn how to cover their children in prayer so that their launch into the world, and away from her control, is done with grace and wisdom--helping them grow into the men and women God intended them to be.
Exploring how Christianity became a world religion, this brief history examines Christian missions and their relationship to the current globalization of Christianity. A short and enlightening history of Christian missions: a phenomenon that many say reflects the single most important intercultural movement over a sustained period of human history. Offers a thematic overview that takes into account the political, cultural, social, and theological issues. Discusses the significance of missions to the globalization of Christianity, and broadens our understanding of Christianity as a multicultural world religion. Helps Western audiences understand the meaning of mission as a historical process.
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!
Most Christian college instructors have taught health and wellness from books that are not God-centered, simply because they have had no choice. Thanks to the development of Christian Paths to Health and Wellness,instructors can empower students to take responsibility and initiative for their own health, fitness, and wellness as part of their daily lives--while offering that instruction in a Christian context. Driven by 1 Corinthians 3:16 ("Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you?"), this practical text is based on sound, cutting-edge scientific research and Christian principles. As such, it provides an exciting new approach to teaching health and wellness to help meet part of the Christian college mission. Students will glean these benefits from the text: -A solid foundation in health and wellness theory and research -Multiple Christian perspectives that create a balanced approach to health and wellness across a broad spectrum of Christian beliefs -Study aids, including vocabulary lists, glossary definitions, chapter-opening objectives, and chapter-ending questions, which foster learning and application of the material In addition, Christian Paths to Health and Wellness comes with many instructional aids that are free to course adopters, including Web support with sample course syllabi, a presentation package, and a test package. These aids will help instructors streamline their preparation time while teaching and managing their courses. Written by six contributing experts and edited by two highly respected Christian college instructors, this book stems from the contributors' own experiences in meeting the challenges of teaching in today's Christian colleges. It includes point/counterpoint discussions examining issues students face today, and it provides hope, practical tools and methods for change, and a comprehensiveness that enables students to make gradual and significant permanent change through the wisdom of education and the power of the Holy Spirit. The book focuses on four major themes: how we are made, how we are made to move, how we are to be nourished, and how we are to behave in restful ways. In part I, students are introduced to biblical reasons to value their wellness and examine God's purpose and their own life's mission. They explore body image, eating disorders, and weight management in part II. In part III, students learn about the basics of fitness, including cardiorespiratory, muscular, and flexibility assessment and training. Part IV focuses on nutritional and emotional health and wellness and also looks at wellness as it relates to sleep habits and personal relationships. Part V encourages students to develop a comprehensive strategy to maintain personal wellness in a relationship with God. Through Christian Paths to Health and Wellness,students will learn about and practice making choices that have positive effects on their lifelong fitness and wellness. Students will become aware of physical wellness issues and develop a passion for proactive and permanent lifestyle changes. And they will do it all with a God-centered approach.
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.
Christian Political Ethics brings together leading Christian scholars of diverse theological and ethical perspectives- Catholic, Lutheran, Calvinist, and Anabaptist- to address fundamental questions of state and civil society, international law and relations, the role of the nation, and issues of violence and its containment. Representing a unique fusion of faith-centered ethics and social science, the contributors bring into dialogue their own varying Christian understandings with a range of both secular ethical thought and other religious viewpoints from Judaism, Islam, and Confucianism. They explore divergent Christian views of state and society- and the limits of each. They grapple with the tensions that can arise within Christianity over questions of patriotism, civic duty, and loyalty to one's nation, and they examine Christian responses to pluralism and relativism, globalization, and war and peace. Revealing the striking pluralism inherent to Christianity itself, this pioneering volume recasts the meanings of Christian citizenship and civic responsibility, and raises compelling new questions about civil disobedience, global justice, and Christian justifications for waging war as well as spreading world peace. It brings Christian political ethics out of the churches and seminaries to engage with today's most vexing and complex social issues.
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
Practicing pastors, lay preachers, and those who are studying for formal ministry, will find much inspiration and instruction in this book.
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!
How did Jews perceive the first Christians? By what means did they come to appreciate Christianity as a religion distinct from their own? In The Christian Schism in Jewish History and Jewish Memory, Professor Joshua Ezra Burns addresses those questions by describing the birth of Christianity as a function of the Jewish past. Surveying a range of ancient evidences, he examines how the authors of Judaism's earliest surviving memories of Christianity speak to the perspectives of rabbinic observers who were conditioned by the unique circumstances of their encounters with Christianity to recognize its adherents as fellow Jews. Only upon the decline of the Church's Jewish demographic were their successors compelled to see Christianity as something other than a variation of Jewish cultural expression. The evolution of thought in the classical Jewish literary record thus offers a dynamic account of Christianity's separation from Judaism counterbalancing the abrupt schism attested in contemporary Christian texts.
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!
Christian Spirituality: The Classics is a unique and comprehensive guide to thirty key Christian spirituality texts. Ranging from Origen and Augustine to Jonathan Edwards, Thérèse of Lisieux and Thomas Merton, it offers a view of the texts which is founded in scholarship, but which also presents them as living documents that invite- even compel -contemplative reflection and existential response. Each chapter briefly describes the classic text's author and audience, gives a synopsis of its contents, suggests some of its influence in history, and then explores aspects of the text's meaning for readers today. Key themes include: What is the meaning of life? How can human beings find truth? How can they discover who they really are? How can they live together in peace? How can they live more fully in God's presence in this world and be united with God in the world to come? The scholars who have written these chapters are all experts on their respective topics, but they wear their learning lightly. Anyone wishing to discover the riches of Christian spirituality will find this the ideal introduction and should be able to progress to a deeper understanding of the texts themselves.
A brief and non-technical account of the development of Christian Spirituality in its social and historical context.
What enables some to survive as Christians when so many others falter? Without resorting to empty answers, clichés, relativism, or smug certainty, A Christian Survival Guide provides an accessible and safe place to deal with issues that can give Christians sleepless nights. By focusing on spiritual practices, discussing solutions to faith struggles, and offering perspectives from multiple Christian traditions, this survival guide moves readers into a thriving relationship with God, even if that means not necessarily finding all the answers. A Christian Survival Guide doesn't run away from the big, tough questions of life like: * Does the Bible have to be "true"? * Where is God in an evil world? * Did God sanction genocide? * Is hell eternal conscious torment? * Does money keep us from following Jesus?
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