By Karl A. E. Enenkel

This quantity attempts to map out the interesting amalgam of other, partially conflicting techniques that formed early sleek zoology. It demonstrates that theology and philology performed a pivotal function within the advanced formation of this new technological know-how.

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By Peter Rollins

With sensitivity to the Christian culture and a wealthy realizing of postmodern proposal, Peter Rollins argues that the stream referred to as the "emerging church" deals a unique, unparalleled message of transformation that has the capability to revolutionize the theological and ethical structure of Western Christianity.
"How (not) to talk of God" units out to discover the speculation and praxis of this modern expression of religion. Rollins deals a transparent exploration of this embryonic circulate and offers key assets for these excited by groups which are conversant with, and looking to minister successfully to, the wishes of a postmodern global.
"Here in pregnant bud is the rose, the rising new configuration, of a Christianity that's neither Roman nor Protestant, neither jap nor monastic; yet relatively is the re-formation of them all. right here, in pregnant bud, is third-millennium Christendom." --Phyllis Tickle
"I am a raving fan of the publication you're maintaining. I enjoyed interpreting it. i've got already started extensively recommending it. studying it did sturdy for my brain and for my soul. It helped me comprehend my very own non secular trip extra essentially, and it gave me a feeling of context for the paintings i am excited by. in reality, i'd say this is often one of many or 3 such a lot profitable books of theology i've got learn in ten years." --Brian McLaren, from the Foreword

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By George Pattison

This learn indicates how Kierkegaard's mature theological writings mirror his engagement with the wide variety of theological positions which he encountered as a scholar, together with German and Danish Romanticism, Hegelianism and the writings of Fichte and Schleiermacher. George Pattison attracts on either significant and lesser-known works to teach the complexity and nuances of Kierkegaard's theological place, which remained in the direction of Schleiermacher's confirmation of faith as a 'feeling of absolute dependence' than to the Barthian denial of any 'point of contact', with which he's usually linked. Pattison additionally explores ways that Kierkegaard's theological notion may be regarding thinkers comparable to Heidegger and John Henry Newman, and its carrying on with relevance to present-day debates approximately secular religion. His quantity could be of significant curiosity to students and scholars of philosophy and theology.

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By Rob Bell

From Rob Bell, the writer of the outstanding New York Times bestseller Love Wins and a Christian pastor named by way of Time journal as probably the most influential humans in 2011, comes Sex God, an enlightening exploration of sexuality and spirituality. With profound attractiveness and perception, Bell addresses the truism that we can’t speak about ourselves as sexual beings with no asking who made us that method. For revolutionary Christians and readers who benefit from the writings of Donald Miller, N.T. Wrighter, Brian McLaren and Timothy Keller, Rob Bell is a pioneer between these looking a brand new type of Christian teaching.  

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By Kenneth Oakes

Karl Barth is frequently assumed to were adverse to philosophy, wilfully unaware of it, or too indebted to its conclusions for his personal theological solid. those truisms of twentieth-century theology are challenged during this unique and accomplished account of Barth's knowing of the connection among theology and philosophy.

Drawing upon a number of fabric from Barth's earliest writings (1909) up until eventually interviews and roundtable discussions that happened almost immediately ahead of his dying (1968), Kenneth Oakes bargains a developmental account of Barth's recommendations on philosophy and theology. starting with the nineteenth-century highbrow heritage to Barth's earliest theology, Oakes offers the younger and 'liberal' Barth's realizing of the connection among theology and philosophy after which tracks this realizing through the remainder of Barth's occupation. whereas Barth by no means ultimately settled on a unmarried, fastened account of theology and philosophy, there has been nonetheless loads of continuity relating to this subject in Barth's oeuvre. searching through the lens of theology and philosophy Barth's continuous indebtedness to nineteenth-century smooth theology is obviously noticeable, in addition to his makes an attempt and struggles to maneuver past it.

In addition to finding Barth's account of theology and philosophy traditionally, this learn additionally offers awareness to the explicit doctrines and theological presuppositions that tell Barth's diversified portrayals of the connection among theology and philosophy. Oakes asks how and why Barth used fabric from the doctrines lower than consideration-such as revelation, theological ethics, Christology- to speak about theology and philosophy. Barth is proven to were involved not just with the integrity and independence of theological discourse but additionally with the concept that theology are usually not lose its priceless and salutary interactions with philosophy. eventually, Oakes additionally considers the reception of Barth's suggestion in a number of the luminary figures of twentieth-century philosophy, and identifies the 3 major impressions philosophers have had of Barth's existence and work.

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A top voice of revolutionary Christianity makes a strong case for religion as a thorough manner of being within the world

in the course of his thirty-year occupation as a parish minister and professor, Robin Meyers has excited by renewing the church as an software of social swap and private transformation. during this provocative and passionate publication, he explores the decline of the church as a neighborhood of believers and calls readers again to the church’s roots as a group of resistance. transferring the dialog approximately church renewal clear of theological purity and advertising techniques that embody cultural norms, and towards “embodied noncompliance” with the dominant tradition, Meyers urges a go back to the innovative spirit that marked Jesus’s ministry.

Framing his dialogue round 3 poems via twentieth-century Polish poet Anna Kamienska, Meyers casts the character of religion as a strength that stands opposed to something and every little thing that engenders demise and indignity. He demands active—sometimes even subversive—defiance of the ego’s temptations, of what he phrases “the heresy of orthodoxy itself,” and of an uncritical popularity of militarism and capitalism. every one bankruptcy is a poignant and pressing invitation to get well the Jesus circulate as a liked group of Resistance.

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By Pink Dandelion

Here's the ideal introductory advisor to the historical past and ideas of the Quakers, one of many world's such a lot interesting and enigmatic non secular teams. rising in England within the 1650s as a thorough sect hard the established order, the Quakers at the moment are most sensible recognized for his or her anti-slavery actions, their principled stance opposed to warfare, and their pioneering paintings in penal reform. well-known Quakers comprise Thomas Paine, Walt Whitman, Lucretia Mott, Herbert Hoover, James Dean, Judi Dench, and A.S. Byatt. And whereas the gang nonetheless keeps a particular worship solution to in achieving an immediate come across with God, which has been on the middle of the stream due to the fact its starting, Quakers at the present time are hugely varied: a few perform a protestant evangelicalism, others aren't any longer Christian. during this generously illustrated booklet, purple Dandelion, the prime specialist on Quaker stories, attracts at the most modern scholarship to chart the heritage of the sect and its present-day range all over the world, exploring its special approach to worship, trust, theology and language, and ecumenism. It concludes by way of putting the Quakers within the wider non secular photo and predicting its future.

About the Series: Oxford's Very brief Introductions deals concise and unique introductions to quite a lot of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, and Literary thought to historical past. no longer easily a textbook of definitions, every one quantity offers trenchant and provocative--yet consistently balanced and complete--discussions of the imperative matters in a given subject. each Very brief creation provides a readable evolution of the topic in query, demonstrating the way it has constructed and motivated society. regardless of the sector of analysis, regardless of the subject that fascinates the reader, the sequence has a convenient and reasonable advisor that might most likely turn out indispensable.

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By Clare Carlisle

An available and unique exploration of the theological and philosophical value of Kierkegaard’s non secular thought.

Søren Kierkegaard’s idea of “repetition” because the new classification of fact signaled the start of existentialist suggestion, turning philosophical recognition from the pursuit of target wisdom to the move of changing into that characterizes every one individual’s lifestyles. targeting the topic of move in his 1843 pseudonymous texts Either/Or, Repetition, and Fear and Trembling, Clare Carlisle provides an unique and illuminating interpretation of Kierkegaard’s spiritual idea, together with newly translated fabric, that emphasizes both its philosophical and theological value. Kierkegaard complained of a scarcity of move not just in Hegelian philosophy but additionally in his personal “dreadful nonetheless life,” and his heroes are those that bounce, dance, and make journeys—but what do those activities represent, and the way are they comprehensive? How do we be actual to ourselves, not to mention to others if we're always changing into? Carlisle explores those inquiries to discover either the philosophical and the literary coherence of Kierkegaard’s notoriously enigmatic authorship.

“Clare Carlisle has written an professional learn which examines the jobs of circulate and stasis in 3 of Kierkegaard’s so much famous works … This quantity will curiosity Kierkegaard experts, but it truly is written with a readability and elegance which additionally make it appropriate as an creation or a complement to shut examine of the early pseudonymous works.” — Religious Studies

“This impressive ebook represents the very most interesting contribution to the growing to be physique of latest writings at the strange and elusive corpus of Kierkegaard’s early pseudonymous writings. the writer brings a rare point of philosophical sophistication and rhetorical aptitude to this paintings, and the result's a desirable publication that might attract students of philosophy and faith in numerous fields starting from ethics and literature, to theology and postmodernism. That acknowledged, the ebook is written so sincerely, and with such obvious ardour, that it'll entice a extra renowned viewers as well—much as Kierkegaard’s pseudonymous writings themselves have been designed to do.” — Louis A. Ruprecht Jr., writer of Afterwords: Hellenism, Modernism, and the parable of Decadence

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Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109), Benedictine monk and the second one Norman archbishop of Canterbury, is thought of as some of the most vital philosophers and theologians of the center a while. The essays during this quantity discover all his significant philosophical and theological principles, together with his teachings on religion and cause, God's life and nature, common sense, freedom, fact, ethics, and key Christian doctrines. in addition they disguise his existence, the resources of his concept, and his impact on different thinkers.

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