Exploring The Christian Faith

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Here is an accessible, authoritative guide to Christianity as a way of life.

Articles from 94 international contributors cover the entire scope of Christian doctrine, including such topics as creation, God, Jesus Christ, humanity, new life in Christ, the church, and more. Each belief is clearly explained with emphasis on how it is rooted in Scripture and what it means for Christians today.

Profiles of key Christian leaders and movements, ...

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Overview

Here is an accessible, authoritative guide to Christianity as a way of life.

Articles from 94 international contributors cover the entire scope of Christian doctrine, including such topics as creation, God, Jesus Christ, humanity, new life in Christ, the church, and more. Each belief is clearly explained with emphasis on how it is rooted in Scripture and what it means for Christians today.

Profiles of key Christian leaders and movements, biblical references, a glossary of key terms, and a full index are also included.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785211501
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/19/1996
  • Series: Christian Cornerstone Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 0.74 (w) x 6.69 (h) x 9.61 (d)

Meet the Author

J. I. Packer is a professor of history and systematic theology at Regent College in Vancouver, Canada.

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Table of Contents

Preface 5
Contents 6
Contributors 8
How Can We Know? 11
Where Do We Start? 12
The Place of Tradition 13
Revelation and Reason 15
The Spiritual Dimension 18
Folk Religion 21
We All Believe Something 23
Christianity: True to the Way Things Are 28
Relating Philosophy and Theology 32
A People-Centred Faith 35
Jesus Christ 39
Who Was Jesus? 40
The Church's Understanding of Christ 49
Jesus' Life and Teaching 57
The Names and Titles of Jesus 58
The Virgin Mary 60
Jesus and the Old Testament 62
The Poor 65
How Muslims See Jesus 70
How Hindus See Jesus 71
How Marxists See Jesus 72
Death ... And Then 75
The Resurrection: Fact or Legend? 78
The Centrality of Christ 80
God 85
God Is 86
Putting Faith into Words 89
God and Evil 92
Can God be Proved? 94
God: From the Fathers to the Moderns 96
The Personal God 103
Time and Eternity 105
The Trinity 111
The Place of the Bible 119
God In Other Religions 128
Christianity and Marxism 134
Creation: Humanity and the World 137
In the Beginning, God 138
Angels and Demons 139
The Christian Origins of Science 142
Made in the Image of God 146
The Arts 150
Male and Female 155
The Human Family 157
One Stock, One People, One City 160
A Flawed Humanity 163
The Human Dilemma in Modern Literature 165
Modern Idolatry 168
A Spoiled Creation 170
Sin in the System 172
Power and Powerlessness 174
The Responsibility of Wealth 176
Depression 183
Grief 184
Physical Handicap 185
The Death Experience 186
The Laws of God 187
Finding God's Will 189
Foundations for Morality 190
Good and Evil 195
Forgiveness 196
Violence and Non-Violence 198
Work 201
Medical Ethics 203
Marriage and Divorce 204
Polygamy 206
A New Creation 209
A New Age Dawns 210
The Land 211
Shalom 212
Prophecy 214
The Kingdom of God 217
Jews and Christians 218
Good News of Freedom 220
What Kind of Freedom? 224
Finding Faith 228
Commitment and Openness 230
Predestination and Human Choice 234
Should Babies be Baptized? 238
Life in the Holy Spirit 241
Faith and Religion 242
The Practice of Prayer 244
Can We be Perfect? 246
Life-Style Today 248
Christian Renewal 252
Proclaiming His Death 254
Spirituality through the Ages 258
A Living Community 261
'Into all the World' 262
Christian Healing 264
Christian Communities 266
Deviations from Christianity 268
The Debate about Christian Mission 270
Priesthood and Ordination 274
Governing the Church 276
Church and State 278
Destiny 282
The Millennium 285
Is Everyone Saved? 286
Christian Belief in the Making 291
People and Movements through the Centuries 292
Glossary 334
Index 347
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