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

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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 ...
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780818908293
  • Publisher: Alba House
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Choosing
Chapter 1 Does 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 Religion 9
4. Functional Equivalents for Religion 16
5. Choosing a Philosophy of Life 17
6. Weighing the Options 19
The Options
Chapter 2 Humanist Philosophies of Life 25
1. Break Away from Christianity 25
2. The Humanist World-View and Value-System 33
3. The Capitalist and Socialist Versions of Humanism 37
4. Are Modern Humanisms Unique? 42
5. Questions about Humanistic Philosophies of Life 47
Chapter 3 Mythological Religions 63
1. Mythic Cultures 63
2. Prehistoric Religion 67
3. The Pre-Literary Religions 67
4. The Ancient Urban Religions 74
5. Mythic Religion vs. Humanism 82
Chapter 4 Emanation Religions 97
1. The Great Reformation 97
2. Gautama, the Buddha 100
3. Hinduism 105
4. How Absolute is the Absolute? 109
Chapter 5 Creation Religions 121
1. What is Creation? 121
2. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob 123
3. Christianity 128
4. Islam 136
5. How Is the Creator Known? 141
6. An Alternative Way to the Creator 168
The Ecumenical Choice
Chapter 6 The Dialogue of Theism with Non-Theism 183
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 Signs 199
5. God's Intimate Self-Revelation 202
6. How Theism Includes the Other World-Views 206
Chapter 7 The Ecumenical Church: Sign of God's Self-Communication 211
1. The Search for a Revelatory Sign 211
2. Ecumenicity as Miraculous 215
3. Catholicity, the Sign of Inclusive Care 217
4. Unity, the Sign of the Church as Community 223
5. Holiness, the Sign of the Church as Graced 228
6. The Gap between the Gospel and Popular Christianity 238
7. Conclusion 239
Chapter 8 Jesus Christ: God's Self-Communication in History 245
1. Apostolicity, the Sign of Historical Continuity 245
2. Historicity and Ecumenicity 247
3. Historical Credibility of the Church's Tradition 251
4. Did Jesus Rise from Death? 254
5. Jesus as God's Self-Revelation 260
Chapter 9 The Historical Christian Community 269
1. The Organization of the Christian Community 269
2. Incarnation and Trinity 275
3. The Constantinian Establishment 279
4. The Indefectibility and Infallibility of the Church 288
5. The Presence of Jesus Christ in His Church 290
Chapter 10 Cosmic Evil and Christian Hope 297
1. The Subjective Aspects of Faith 297
2. The Origin of Evil 300
3. The Subject and Evil 310
4. Compensation and Consolation 315
5. The Greater Good 319
6. The God of Love 321
Conclusion 323
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