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A Theology of the Christian Life: Imitating and Participating in God

A Theology of the Christian Life: Imitating and Participating in God

by Christopher R. J. Holmes

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This book gets at the heart of the Christian life by considering some of the great truths of God's existence. Christopher Holmes, an expert in contemporary theology, engages with the church fathers along with Augustine and Aquinas to offer a rich, accessible account of the triune God and the divine perfections. Holmes shows how we share in the life of God through imitation and participation and how the doctrines of the triune God and the divine attributes shape our understanding of the Christian life. Throughout, Holmes demonstrates the importance of theology for Christian faith and practice.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493433384
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/14/2021
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 7 MB

About the Author

Christopher R. J. Holmes (PhD, University of Toronto), an Anglican priest, is associate professor in systematic theology and head of the theology program at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand. He is the author of a number of books, including The Holy Spirit and The Lord Is Good.

Table of Contents


Part One
1. The Existence of God and the Christian Life
How Do We Know That God Exists?
Spiritual Sight
2. The Manner of God's Existence and the Christian Life
Sense Perception?
Moses's Example
Familiarity with God
The Soul's Elevation in Prayer
Ascetical Existence
"The Moral Race Course" of the Baptized
3. Perfection and the Christian Life
The Likeness of God
Is Christ Perfect?
The Father's Invisibility
A Light Yoke
4. Infinity and the Christian Life
Angelic Existence
The Bodiless God
The Trinitarian Dimension
God as Ever Greater
The Love of God
Devotion and the Doctrine of God
The Perennial Relevance of 1 Corinthians 15:28
5. Immutability and the Christian Life
The Way of Life
True Worship
The Unchanging God
On Not Diverging from God
Friendship with God
Part Two
6. The Hypostatic Union and the Christian Life
Believing Agency and Being
The Great Difference
Superiority to the Demonic
7. Virtue and the Christian Life
Theological Existence
The Holy Spirit
God's Renown
8. Church and the Christian Life
The One Foundation
A Fruitful Death
The Grace of Prayer

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