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The heritage of Christian theology could be a daunting, even forbidding box for the beginner, who sees neither the necessity for nor pertinence of rummaging round dusty outdated texts. This people-friendly quantity, a full-scale reader within the historical past of Christian theology, deals a simple, non-threatening, sometimes funny but rather thorough access into Christianity's imperative texts from the Apostolic Fathers to Mary Daly. it's also enlivened by means of dozens of cartoons by means of wealthy Diesslin.

Highly available introductions to 5 sessions precede short introductions to and texts from greater than fifty key thinkers. The texts spotlight perennial subject matters and questions in Christian culture, specifically the that means and significance of Jesus, demanding situations to the institutional church, tensions of religion and cause, spirituality, and the Christian quest for social justice. the hot version, part back as huge because the unique, provides major paintings from the Cappadocian Fathers and the Christological controversialists, the Franciscan culture, the unconventional and English reforms, and deeper assurance of twentieth-century theologians. With studying aids, research-paper feedback and advisor, and thesaurus

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We have always translated logos in this Gospel with the English term “word,” although it is more technical than that. In the Apology written around the middle of the second century, Justin undertook to defend Christianity from its detractors and to commend it to the favorable attention of the secular rulers. His Dialogue with Trypho, written most likely soon thereafter, is a series of conversations, perhaps even imaginary, as we have suggested, with a Jew named Trypho. The aim of the document is to demonstrate from the Hebrew prophets that Christianity, according to God’s plan and purpose, has superseded Judaism and that Jews as well as Gentiles may only achieve redemption if they become Christians.

For that kind of holy folly, Justin was beheaded. Experiencing Discrimination and Persecution What Justin began in the mid-second century blossomed into a significantly different type of Christianity: intellectual. The Christian-hating emperors were no longer soldiers persecuting an oriental sect but intellectuals persecuting intellectuals. The philosopher’s persecution was nonetheless as bloodthirsty as the soldier’s, and the apologists wanted to understand why. Was it merely the name “Christian” that brought down the wrath of the empire on the heads of those who gloried in that name?

To stand for the Christian faith is “costly,” as the noted German martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer once said. Bonhoeffer gave his life in opposition to Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. 1. Ignatius of Antioch (75–110) 11 In more recent times, we may point to the example of Rev. Dr. , who, in his fight for the civil rights of African-Americans and, by virtue of that struggle, the rights of all human beings, was impelled to a large extent by his religious convictions of freedom and love. Joined to these men are thousands of persons who, also sparked by religious convictions, gave of themselves in modern martyrological fashion.

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