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ORTHODOX CHURCH SIMPLE GUIDES

ORTHODOX CHURCH SIMPLE GUIDES
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THIS BOOK WILL HELP YOU - to appreciate the depth and beauty of the dominant form of Christianity in Greece, Russia and much of Eastern Europe - to understand the tenets, nature and holy days of Orthodox belief - to recognize the physical features of an Orthodox church, and the spiritual significance of icons - to know what to expect and how to conduct yourself during Orthodox services and ceremonies Orthodoxy is the dominant form of Christianity in Greece, Russia, parts of Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Its practices are largely unfamiliar in the West, and have remained essentially unchanged since the earliest days of the faith. This lucid introduction outlines the tenets, nature and holy days of Orthodox belief with the Western reader in mind. It describes the physical church, especially icons, services, and common practices, and offers advice to visitors on how to conduct themselves so that they are accepted and feel comfortable. Several chapters concern the life of Jesus and the beginnings of Christianity; others trace the origins and history of the Church, with particular attention to its great champion, Constantine the Great. The present structure of the Church is described in brief, and the split between the Eastern and the Western Churches is related with differences clearly explained. The great antiquity and beauty of its liturgy, its essentially minimal hierarchy and its mystical yet pragmatic approach make the Orthodox religion a powerful medium for its profound and universal message. This deceptively simple volume takes the reader on a journey to the heart of the Christian tradition. ACCESS THE WORLD'S RELIGIONS Simple Guides: Religion is a series of concise, accessible introductions to the world's major religions. Written by experts in the field, they offer an engaging and sympathetic description of the key concepts, beliefs and practices of different faiths. Ideal for spiritual seekers and travellers alike, Simple Guides aims to open the doors of perception. Together the books provide a reliable compass to the world's great spiritual traditions, and a point of reference for further exploration and discovery. By offering essential insights into the core values, customs and beliefs of different societies, they also enable visitors to be aware of the cultural sensibilities of their hosts, and to behave in a way that fosters mutual respect and understanding.
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Pietys Wisdom a Summary of Calvins Institutes with Study Questions

Pietys Wisdom a Summary of Calvins Institutes with Study Questions
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John Calvin's The Institutes of the Christian Religion presents one of the most winsome, thought-provoking, spiritually inspiring, and heart-searching summations of Christian truth ever written. Although works exist that either offer an analysis of Calvin's views or serve as a guide to his Institutes, none fully share the aim of J. Mark Beach's Piety's Wisdom. Keeping to the form, shape, and tenor of Calvin's own work, Piety's Wisdom offers busy pastors, seminarians, interested college students, and motivated laypersons a book that presents Calvin on his own terms. This summary can be used as an introduction to the Christian faith, as a primer for the study of Calvin, or a combination of each. While the book is suitable for individual study, the inclusion of study questions makes it an ideal tool for facilitating discussion in adult study groups.
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PRACTICAL GODLINESS ORNAMENT OF ALL RELI

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Scripture is quite clear that "faith without works is dead." But faith, accompanied by works, is such an ornament and testimony to faith that, according to Paul, "adorns the doctrine of God in all things" (Titus 2:10). It is this text of Scripture that Vincent Alsop, a Puritan pastor, exposits in this treatise.We are not to alter the doctrines of God; we will never improve upon them, but we may and do adorn them with our holy lives and godly conduct. That is practical godliness! Says Alsop: "The harmony of the Christian religion has been disordered, its beauty blemished, and much filth thrown in its face . . . by the unsuitable professions of those who profess it. In short, it has been wounded in the house of its friends."Appendixed is a rare sermon by Alsop entitled "The Sinfulness of Strange Apparel, a biblical theology of fashion, which is so relevant to our culture.
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January 1, 1900

Reading the Apostolic Fathers a Students Introduction 2nd Edition

Reading the Apostolic Fathers a Students Introduction 2nd Edition
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The Apostolic Fathers is a critically important collections of texts for studying the first century of Christian history. Here a leading expert on the Apostolic Fathers offers an accessible, up-to-date introduction and companion to these diverse and fascinating writings. This work is easy to use and affordable yet offers a thorough overview for students and others approaching these writings for the first time. It explains the context and significance of each document and points to further reading. This new edition of a well-received text has been updated throughout and includes a new chapter on the fragments of Papias.
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December 1, 2012

READING THE NT IN THE CHURCH A PRIMER FOR PASTORS RELIGIOUS EDUCATORS & BELIEVERS

READING THE NT IN THE CHURCH A PRIMER FOR PASTORS RELIGIOUS EDUCATORS & BELIEVERS
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Internationally respected scholar Francis Moloney offers a Catholic introduction to the New Testament that shows how to read it both faithfully and critically. The opening chapter and an epilogue directly address the theological requirements of, and historical challenges for, ecclesial reading. The remaining chapters give exemplary readings of the figure of Jesus and of the various divisions of the New Testament canon. Conceived as a resource for religious educators, deacons, and other ministers in the Catholic Church, this book will serve Catholics and others as an ideal supplement to a conventional New Testament introduction or as a companion to reading the New Testament itself.
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April 21, 2015

Readings in Historical Theology Primary Sources of the Christian Faith

Readings in Historical Theology Primary Sources of the Christian Faith
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Readings in Historical Theology provides direct interaction with sixty-six primary sources that have shaped the theological landscape of Christianity. Robert F. Lay has selected readings for this historical theology textbook from the Old Testament up to the modern period, including: - Ancient creeds, catechisms, and confessions - Ancient apologetics, such as the writings of Justin Martyr and Augustine - Writings on faith and learning by Origin, Thomas Aquinas, and others - Church and church council documents - Writings from the monastic tradition, including works by Jerome - Reformation theses, catechisms, and confessions - Writings of the protestant reformers, including Martin Luther and John Calvin - Writings of the Great Awakening, including works by Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, and others - Writings on Christian nurture and hermeneutics, including John Wesley and Horace Bushnell Along the way the author provides introductions to the readings, and guided questions in most readings, as well. The selections are arranged thematically, and chronologically within each theme. A CD containing more than fifty additional readings is included at the end of the book.
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January 1, 1900

Readings in the Historical Theology Primary Sources of the Christian Faith

Readings in the Historical Theology Primary Sources of the Christian Faith
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Readings in Historical Theology provides direct interaction with sixty-six primary sources that have shaped the theological landscape of Christianity. Robert F. Lay has selected readings for this historical theology textbook from the Old Testament up to the modern period, including: - Ancient creeds, catechisms, and confessions - Ancient apologetics, such as the writings of Justin Martyr and Augustine - Writings on faith and learning by Origin, Thomas Aquinas, and others - Church and church council documents - Writings from the monastic tradition, including works by Jerome - Reformation theses, catechisms, and confessions - Writings of the protestant reformers, including Martin Luther and John Calvin - Writings of the Great Awakening, including works by Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, and others - Writings on Christian nurture and hermeneutics, including John Wesley and Horace Bushnell Along the way the author provides introductions to the readings, and guided questions in most readings, as well. The selections are arranged thematically, and chronologically within each theme. A CD containing more than fifty additional readings is included at the end of the book.
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January 1, 1900

READINGS IN THE HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN V2

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In this second volume of Readings in the History of Christian Theology, William C. Placher begins with a decisive transition, the Reformation of the sixteenth century, and opens with an excerpt from Martin Luther's The Freedom of a Christian. From the sixteenth century into the twentieth, he presents significant selections from works of the principal Protestant and Catholic thinkers, including present-day writers such as Gustavo Gutierrez and Rosemary Radford Ruether.

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January 1, 1900

REFLECTING THE ETERNAL DANTES DIVINE COMEDY IN THE NOVELS OF

REFLECTING THE ETERNAL DANTES DIVINE COMEDY IN THE NOVELS OF
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The characters, plots, and potent language of C. S. Lewis s novels reveal everywhere the modern writer s admiration for Dante s "Divine Comedy. " Throughout his career Lewis drew on the structure, themes, and narrative details of Dante s medieval epic to present his characters as spiritual pilgrims growing toward God.

Dante s portrayal of sin and sanctification, of human frailty and divine revelation, are evident in all of Lewis s best work. Readers will see how a modern author can make astonishingly creative use of a predecessor s material in this case, the way Lewis imitated and adapted medieval ideas about spiritual life for the benefit of his modern audience.

Nine chapters cover all of Lewis s novels, from" Pilgrim s Regress" and his science-fiction to "The Chronicles of Narnia "and "Till We Have Faces." Readers will gain new insight into the sources of Lewis s literary imagination that represented theological and spiritual principles in his clever, compelling, humorous, and thoroughly human stories.
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Reply to Faustus the Manichaean

Reply to Faustus the Manichaean
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ROOTS OF FAITH

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Fully illustrated and produced in a beautiful color format, Roots of Faith gathers extracts from the works of early church fathers and other important Christian sources from the first and second centuries. Including uplifting writings by Clement of Rome, Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp of Smyrna, the Didache, Justin, Irenaeus, Tertullian, and others, these ancient texts provide an excellent introduction to the world of the early church while also opening up new avenues of spirituality.
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9780802837516
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January 1, 1900

Rule of Saint Benedict

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Discussion around the bestseller The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher has led many people to want to know more about Benedictine principles.​

This little rule can be a place to begin.

"Listen, my child. I want you to place the ear of your heart on the solid ground of the Master's wisdom (what I received, I'm passing on to you). This advice is from a spiritual father who loves you and gives you the sort of counsel that will shape your whole life."

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove's The Rule of Saint Benedict presents the timeless wisdom of the Rule in a vibrant new language. The contemporary reader will find this sixth-century classic more accessible, while any student or follower of the Rule will discover in this paraphrase a vital new expression. The full text is included, and detailed explanatory notes offer help in understanding challenging passages.

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March 1, 2016