Christianity's roots, distinctiveness, and cultural implications are highlighted in this multi-dimensional resource,
providing an introductory understanding of the richness of the faith and church.
The Christian faith is as complex and rich as can be, and this resource-a companion to Exploring the Bible and
Exploring Theology and Apologetics-introduces the essential history and understanding that any believer will want to have.
This volume includes three previously published books in one binding: Exploring Church History (2002), The Truth about Worldviews (2004), and Biblical Ethics (2004).
In it, author James Eckman first walks readers through the defining moments, theological process, and institutional development of the church-from the day of Pentecost, through the Reformation and Enlightenment, and to the modern age. He then examines a variety of popular belief systems such as Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Roman Catholicism, and specific cults, and offers, in contrast, a compelling look at Christianity's distinctives. Finally, Eckman presents the important difference between ethics and morals and suggests a modern-day ethical strategy that views hot button issues like abortion, euthanasia, bioethics, war, capital punishment, and the environment through the lens of Scripture. Each chapter is short and includes thought-provoking questions, making this a perfect book for personal or group study.
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About the Author
JAMES P. ECKMAN (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary; PhD,
University of Nebraska at Lincoln) is the president of Grace University in Omaha, Nebraska, as well as a professor of history and biblical studies. An ordained minister, his specialty is historical theology. In addition to hosting a weekly radio program,
Issues in Perspective, he also performs dramatic monologues on figures from church history.
Table of ContentsExploring Church History 7
Foundation of the Church: The Apostolic Age 11
The Apostolic Fathers 19
Defending the Faith: Enemies Within and Without 23
The Ancient Church and Theology 31
The Medieval Church 41
The Reformation Church 51
The Catholic Church Responds 61
The Church and the Scientific Revolution 67
The Church, the Enlightenment, and Theological Liberalism 73
The Church and Modern Missions 79
The Church and Revivals in America 85
The Church and Modernity 95
The Truth About Worldviews 109
Postmodernism and the Need for Worldview Analysis 113
Naturalism (or Secular Humanism) 123
The New Age Movement 189
The Jehovah's Witness, Christian Science, and Mormon Worldviews 199
Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and Eastern Orthodoxy: What's the Difference? 209
Christianity as a Worldview 223
Biblical Ethics 239
Ethics: An Introduction 243
Ethical Options for the Christian 249
How Should a Christian Relate to Culture? 255
Human Sexuality 283
The Christian and Politics 283
The Ethical Challenge of War and Capital Punishment 295
The Ethics of Work and Race 305
The Christian, the Arts, and Entertainment 313
The Christian and the Environment 323