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I've Been Wondering: Conversations with Young Theologians

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Good questions. In focusing on what his theology and undergraduate students are actually asking him, as opposed to what they ought to ask, Richard B. Steele gives us some very thought provoking answers to some very difficult questions. I've Been Wondering contains a selection of email correspondence exchanged between the author and his undergraduate theology students on matters pertaining to Christian faith and ethics. Most of the exchanges were triggered by questions that occurred to the students while taking ...
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Softcover New College and seminary students have a "voice" in theological discussions. True, there are many books written for them. Introductions to the Bible, surveys of ... church history, anthologies of theological classics, overviews of Christian doctrine, and dictionaries of the various theological sub-disciplines abound. But it is one thing for professional theologians to answer the questions they think their students ought to be asking, and quite another thing for them to listen and respond to the questions their students are actually asking. This book does the latter. It contains a selection of email correspondence, which the author exchanged with his undergraduate theology students between the years 1997 and 2005 on matters pertaining to Christian faith and ethics. Most of the exchanges were triggered by questions that occurred to the students while they were taking one of the author's undergraduate courses in theology, ethics, or church history. But the letters themselves are anything but "academ Read more Show Less

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Overview

Good questions. In focusing on what his theology and undergraduate students are actually asking him, as opposed to what they ought to ask, Richard B. Steele gives us some very thought provoking answers to some very difficult questions. I've Been Wondering contains a selection of email correspondence exchanged between the author and his undergraduate theology students on matters pertaining to Christian faith and ethics. Most of the exchanges were triggered by questions that occurred to the students while taking one of the author's undergraduate courses in theology, ethics, or church history. These letters are anything but "academic" exercises, and are intensely personal to reveal what is going on in the depths of the student soul. An exciting adventure of the human spirit as well as a stimulating challenge to the critical intellect is waiting as you find yourself wondering similar things.

About the Author:
Richard B. Steele is Professor of Moral and Historical Theology and Associate Dean of the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA

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  • ISBN-13: 9781932805680
  • Publisher: Authentic Media
  • Publication date: 6/1/2006
  • Pages: 246
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Richard B. Steele is Professor of Moral and Historical Theology and Associate Dean of the School of Theology at Seattle Pacific University, Seattle, WA where he currently resides.

He is the author of "Gracious Affection" and "True Virtue" According to Jonathan Edwards and John Wesley and the editor of "Heart Religion" in the Methodist Tradition and Related Movements. His articles have appeared in numerous theological magazines and reviews.

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Table of Contents


Preface     xi
Acknowledgments     xix
Stalking the Cat: An Introduction to the Craft of Theology     1
"Now That I Am an Adult..."     11
Subject: Hurt and frustration with the church     13
Subject: Is life really a "test"?     17
Subject: Do we "progress" toward God?     20
Subject: Leaving my home church     23
Subject: No longer content with Sunday school answers     26
Reading Scripture with New Eyes     35
Subject: The Bible and Christian doctrine     38
Subject: Scrambled     45
Subject: Faith: personal or communal?     49
Subject: Does the Bible have errors?     52
Who Do We Say that Christ Is?     57
Subject: Is Christianity the "cult of Jesus"?     59
Subject: Christ, the "fully human one"     62
Subject: Why did Jesus have to die?     64
Subject: Condescending Christians     67
Free Choice, Moral Responsibility, and Divine Sovereignty     73
Subject: Divine Election     77
Subject: Free will     80
Subject: Predestination     82
Subject: Can the saved lose their salvation?     86
Subject: God's justice eclipsed byhis love     89
Subject: Is there an upper limit to "perfection"?     92
Faith and Fossils     97
Subject: Noah and Dinosaurs     102
Subject: Concerning Adam and Eve     104
Subject: Does the theory of evolution contradict the Bible?     109
Keeping the Faith in a Postmodern World     113
Subject: Postmodernism in the Church     118
Subject: Drowning in Relativism     121
Subject: Relativism and the loss of faith     123
Encountering God in Worship     129
Subject: The arts in worship     133
Subject: Sacramental grace     136
Subject: The presence of Christ in communion     138
Subject: Sacraments     141
Faith in Practice     147
Subject: Natural law     150
Subject: "Bigger" and "smaller" sins     153
Subject: Faith and weath     161
Subject: Ministry to individuals vs. social witness     166
Gender and Sexuality on a Christian Campus     169
Subject: Women in the Church     172
Subject: Masturbation     176
Subject: Premarital sex     180
Subject: Lust     182
Subject: Late bloomer      185
Subject: Homosexuality     188
The "Problem" of Human Suffering     195
Subject: "Why did God let my baby die?"     201
Subject: Ministering to a suffering youth     204
Subject: Questions about healing     208
The Gospel and Religious Pluralism     213
Subject: Catholics vs. Christians     216
Subject: Can non-Christians be saved?     219
Subject: Is Christianity the only way to God?     221
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