Choosing a World-View and Value-System: An Ecumenical Apologetics / Edition 1

Choosing a World-View and Value-System: An Ecumenical Apologetics / Edition 1

by Benedict M. Ashley
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0818908297

ISBN-13: 2900818908292

Pub. Date: 11/28/2002

Publisher: Alba House

Much is said these days among Christians both about "evangelization" and "ecumenism," but it is not clear how the two can be reconciled. Evangelization is directed to the conversion of those who do not believe (or do not think they believe) in Jesus Christ as their Savior, leaving open the question of their salvation through implicit faith in Him. Ecumenism requires

Overview

Much is said these days among Christians both about "evangelization" and "ecumenism," but it is not clear how the two can be reconciled. Evangelization is directed to the conversion of those who do not believe (or do not think they believe) in Jesus Christ as their Savior, leaving open the question of their salvation through implicit faith in Him. Ecumenism requires that we place ourselves "in the other person's shoes," open to the good we find in their world-views and value-systems, without judging them or trying to coerce them into seeing things from our point of view. The present work attempts to consider the chief apparent differences between a variety of world-views and value-systems to determine how real these differences are and where they can be shown to have much in common on which to build a culture worthy of humankind. Thus the Humanistic Philosophies of Life prevalent in the West today, the Mythological Religions largely found in isolated parts of Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Siberia and the Americas, the Emanation Religions of the East (Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism), and the Creation Religions of the West (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) are all dealt with at some length in these pages. Since it is the task of Christian apologetics to disclose Jesus Christ as the Truth in which all truth, from whatever source it comes, can be honestly acknowledged and reconciled, this work is designed to help all those who seek a world-view and value system by which they can live their lives to find everything they are looking for in Christ and in the Church which He founded.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900818908292
Publisher:
Alba House
Publication date:
11/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336

Table of Contents

Forewordvii
Choosing
Chapter 1Does Everyone Need a World-View and Value-System?3
1."I Am Not a Religious Person."3
2.Is Religion Dying?6
3.The Functional Definition of Religion9
4.Functional Equivalents for Religion16
5.Choosing a Philosophy of Life17
6.Weighing the Options19
The Options
Chapter 2Humanist Philosophies of Life25
1.Break Away from Christianity25
2.The Humanist World-View and Value-System33
3.The Capitalist and Socialist Versions of Humanism37
4.Are Modern Humanisms Unique?42
5.Questions about Humanistic Philosophies of Life47
Chapter 3Mythological Religions63
1.Mythic Cultures63
2.Prehistoric Religion67
3.The Pre-Literary Religions67
4.The Ancient Urban Religions74
5.Mythic Religion vs. Humanism82
Chapter 4Emanation Religions97
1.The Great Reformation97
2.Gautama, the Buddha100
3.Hinduism105
4.How Absolute is the Absolute?109
Chapter 5Creation Religions121
1.What is Creation?121
2.The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob123
3.Christianity128
4.Islam136
5.How Is the Creator Known?141
6.An Alternative Way to the Creator168
The Ecumenical Choice
Chapter 6The Dialogue of Theism with Non-Theism183
1.Is Such Dialogue Possible?183
2.Why Must Revelation be Received on Faith?188
3.Is Revelation Verifiable?192
4.Revelation: Communication Verified by Signs199
5.God's Intimate Self-Revelation202
6.How Theism Includes the Other World-Views206
Chapter 7The Ecumenical Church: Sign of God's Self-Communication211
1.The Search for a Revelatory Sign211
2.Ecumenicity as Miraculous215
3.Catholicity, the Sign of Inclusive Care217
4.Unity, the Sign of the Church as Community223
5.Holiness, the Sign of the Church as Graced228
6.The Gap between the Gospel and Popular Christianity238
7.Conclusion239
Chapter 8Jesus Christ: God's Self-Communication in History245
1.Apostolicity, the Sign of Historical Continuity245
2.Historicity and Ecumenicity247
3.Historical Credibility of the Church's Tradition251
4.Did Jesus Rise from Death?254
5.Jesus as God's Self-Revelation260
Chapter 9The Historical Christian Community269
1.The Organization of the Christian Community269
2.Incarnation and Trinity275
3.The Constantinian Establishment279
4.The Indefectibility and Infallibility of the Church288
5.The Presence of Jesus Christ in His Church290
Chapter 10Cosmic Evil and Christian Hope297
1.The Subjective Aspects of Faith297
2.The Origin of Evil300
3.The Subject and Evil310
4.Compensation and Consolation315
5.The Greater Good319
6.The God of Love321
Conclusion323

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