Belonging to God: A Commentary on a Brief Statement of Faith / Edition 1

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This section-by-section, line-by-line commentary reflects on the meaning of "A Brief Statement of Faith" and its relevance for today. It will help Presbyterians think about who they are and what they believe, and will interest others concerned with the relationship between the Christian tradition and contemporary issues.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664252960
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2004
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

William C. Placher was Charles D. and Elizabeth S. LaFollette Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He was the author or editor of a number of books including A History of Christian Theology, Jesus the Savior, and Essentials of Christian Theology, all published by WJK.

David Willis-Watkins is Charles Hodge Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. He is the author of Daring Prayer, and editor (with Alexander J. McKelway) of The Context of Contemporary Theology: Essays in Honor of Paul Lehmann.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Acknowledgments 17
Suggestions for Use in Liturgy and Teaching 19
"A Brief Statement of Faith - Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)" (text, with Preface and cross-references) 21
Trust in the Triune God
1 To Whom We Belong (Lines 1-6) 37
Trust in Jesus Christ, Fully Human, Fully God
2 Incarnation (Lines 7-8) 51
3 Ministry (Lines 9-18) 61
4 Cross (Lines 19-22) 70
5 Resurrection (Lines 23-26) 82
Trust in God, Whom Jesus Called Abba, Father
6 God - Abba - Father (Lines 27-28) 93
7 Creation (Lines 29-32) 96
8 Sin (Lines 33-39) 108
9 Covenant (Lines 40-51) 123
Trust in God the Holy Spirit
10 The Life of the Spirit (Lines 52-57) 137
11 The Gathering of the Church (Lines 58-64) 147
12 The Witness of God's People (Lines 65-71) 159
13 Joyful Perseverance (Lines 72-76) 175
14 Hope and Glory (Lines 77-80) 187
Notes 195
For Further Reading 203
Index of Names and Subjects 205
Index of Scripture References 211
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