By the Renewing of Your Minds: The Pastoral Function of Christian Doctrine

By the Renewing of Your Minds: The Pastoral Function of Christian Doctrine

by Ellen T. Charry

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By the Renewing of Your Minds: The Pastoral Function of Christian Doctrine by Ellen T. Charry

This book develops the thesis that classical Christian theology seeks to help believers flourish by knowing and loving God. Ellen Charry argues this premise by example, offering a close reading of a number of classical texts, from the New Testament era to the Reformation, including works of Paul, Augustine, Athanasius, Basil of Caesarea, Anselm, and Calvin. She points out the pastoral and moral aims that shape the teachings of these theologians on a wide range of topics, including the Trinity; human beings as created in the image of God; the incorporation of Jews and Gentiles into the body of Christ in baptism; the incarnation, death, and resurrection of Christ; and the divinity of the Holy Spirit. Charry explains that the very logic of their arguments is shaped by the author's concern for the goodness and happiness that should result from living into the doctrines. She further shows that although the spiritual and pastoral purposes of these writings are many and complex, they are invariably concerned to foster what modern people can, without difficulty, recognize as human dignity—what she calls "excellence"—in action, affection, and self-appraisal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195134865
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 09/01/1999
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 9.10(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.80(d)
Lexile: 1360L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

PART I: INTRODUCTION 3(32)
One The Art of Christian Excellence
3(32)
God for Human Flourishing
3(2)
The Art of Theological Practice
5(11)
Aretegenic Interpretation of Christian Texts
16(3)
Colonizing the Mind
19(9)
Salutarity in Dogmatics
28(7)
PART II: NEW TESTAMENT FOUNDATIONS 35(52)
Two Co-optation into the Work of God: Paul and His School
35(26)
God's Co-optation of Pagans
36(7)
Consecration of Believers
43(3)
Empowered by the Spirit
46(4)
The Discipled Community
50(7)
Assessment
57(4)
Three Authoritative Teaching: The Sermon on the Mount
61(26)
The Setting for Matthean Purity
61(7)
The Structure of the Sermon on the Mount
68(1)
An Aretegenic Reading of the Sermon on the Mount
69(10)
Assessment
79(8)
PART III: PATRISTIC VOICES 87(68)
Four Defeating the Fear of Death: Athanasius of Alexandria
87(14)
The Bishop as Catechist
87(1)
The Persistent Lure of Paganism
87(4)
Curing a Disordered Mind
91(4)
Athanasian Christology
95(3)
Assessment
98(3)
Five Drinking in the Majesty and Grace of God: Basil of Caesarea
101(19)
Grammar for Virtue
101(2)
Remedying Social Dysfunction
103(2)
The Virtue of Knowing God
105(12)
Calling Forth a Reader's Best Self
117(3)
Six Dwelling in the Dignity of God: Augustine of Hippo
120(35)
The State of the Trinitarian Question
120(8)
Learning to Savor God
128(9)
The Practical Task of the Catholic Faith
137(5)
The Salutarity of Sapience
142(5)
Assessment
147(8)
PART IV: MEDIEVAL PIETY 155(44)
Seven Learning the Cross of Christ: Anselm of Canterbury
155(21)
Testimony from Anselm's Biography
155(3)
Testimony from Anselm's Letters
158(3)
Testimony from Anselm's Prayers
161(5)
Testimony from Anselm's Treatises
166(7)
Assessment
173(3)
Eight Learning Love and Justice: St. Thomas and Dame Julian
176(23)
The Climb toward Humility
176(4)
The Passion According to St. Thomas
180(5)
The Work of Christ Our Mother
185(9)
Assessment
194(5)
PART V: SIXTEENTH-CENTURY REFORM 199(26)
Nine "By the Renewing of Your Minds": John Calvin
199(26)
The Task
199(6)
Diagnosing the Problem
205(5)
The Way Back
210(3)
The Divine Pedagogy
213(4)
Assessment
217(8)
PART VI: CONCLUSION 225(22)
Ten Sapiential Theology
225(22)
The Salutarity of Christian Doctrine
225(10)
Renewing Sapiential Theology
235(4)
Practicing the Theological Art
239(8)
Works Cited 247(8)
Index 255

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