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Church History

Invitation to Church History World

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A two-volume introductory survey of church history from its origins to the present day

Designed for an educated lay audience and students in introductory college and seminary church history courses, these visually stunning textbooks are carefully written for first-time learners in the subject areas. Invitation to Church History: World walks readers through the story of God's people from Christ to the contemporary church around the world. Invitation to Church History: American chronicles American church history from the pilgrims to contemporary denominations in the United States.

In these full-color textbooks, many features facilitate learning: photos make the material come alive for the reader; diagrams clarify and distill complex concepts and sets of information; and review materials aid the student in processing and retaining the concepts in each chapter.

Readers will gain a clear understanding of the meaning of the gospel, the wonder of divine redemption, and the majesty of God. The story of the church is presented as part of the redemptive history of God and His people. With a conservative, Christ-centered perspective, Hannah writes with fairness and generosity toward diverse views.

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January 26, 2019

Jesus Followers in the Roman Empire

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When Jesus of Nazareth began proclaiming the kingdom of God early in the first century, he likely had no intention of starting a new religion, especially one that included former pagans. Yet a new religion did eventually develop--one that not only included non-Jews but was soon dominated by them. How did this happen?

Jesus Followers in the Roman Empire by Paul Duff offers an accessible and informed account of Christian origins, beginning with the teaching of Jesus and moving to the end of the first century. Duff's narrative shows how the rural Jewish movement led by Jesus developed into a largely non-Jewish phenomenon permeating urban centers of the Roman Empire.

Paying special attention to social, cultural, and religious contexts--as well as to early Christian ideas about idolatry, marriage, family, slavery, and ethnicity--Jesus Followers in the Roman Empire will help readers cultivate a deeper understanding of the identity, beliefs, and practices of early Christ-believers.
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Jesus Followers in the Roman Empire

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When Jesus of Nazareth began proclaiming the kingdom of God early in the first century, he likely had no intention of starting a new religion, especially one that included former pagans. Yet a new religion did eventually develop--one that not only included non-Jews but was soon dominated by them. How did this happen?

Jesus Followers in the Roman Empire by Paul Duff offers an accessible and informed account of Christian origins, beginning with the teaching of Jesus and moving to the end of the first century. Duff's narrative shows how the rural Jewish movement led by Jesus developed into a largely non-Jewish phenomenon permeating urban centers of the Roman Empire.

Paying special attention to social, cultural, and religious contexts--as well as to early Christian ideas about idolatry, marriage, family, slavery, and ethnicity--Jesus Followers in the Roman Empire will help readers cultivate a deeper understanding of the identity, beliefs, and practices of early Christ-believers.
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November 21, 2017

JOHN CALVIN & ROMAN CATHOLICISM

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This collection offers a new approach to the study of John Calvin, aiming to move beyond traditional approaches to consider him in the broader context of the Roman Catholic Church and his complicated relation to it. Several themes emerge from this, including the extent to which Calvin saw himself as a reformer.
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September 1, 2008

JOHN CALVIN REFORMER FOR THE 21ST CENTUR

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Many would argue that a true understanding of contemporary Christian thought is impossible without a basic understanding of Calvin's contributions. William Stacy Johnson, a leading Presbyterian theologian, offers this clear and fundamental study of Calvin's insights as a primer for those with little or no knowledge of his work.

This volume, enhanced with questions for discussion and a handy glossary, is sure to be an invaluable resource for those who seek an accessible way into a deeper understanding of Calvin's impact on the development of Christian faith and on society.

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May 1, 2009

JOHN NEWTON & THE ENGLISH EVANGELICAL TR

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Dr Hindmarsh draws upon extensive archival and antiquarian sources to provide a serious, scholarly consideration of the life and religious thought of John Newton (1725-1807). In addition, he uses the theme of Newton as a 'sort of middle man' to explore the religious understanding of a whole generation who knew themselves as 'evangelical' although this was different from those who later adopted the term as a badge of partisan loyalty. The author shows how Newton is related to other Church of England evangelicals, Methodists, and various Dissenting bodies, and how his life sheds light on little explored aspects of the Evangelical Revival which contribute to an understanding and reassessment of the eighteenth-century church. In addition to discussion of themes in historical theology, pastoralia, and spirituality, an analysis of conversion narrative, the familiar letter, and hymnody contribute to an understanding of the relationship between religion and culture more generally.
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September 1, 2000

JONATHAN EDWARDS FOR ARMCHAIR THEOLOGIAN

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This witty and illuminating volume introduces the life and writings of the great American theologian and preacher Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758). The most widely studied figure in American religious history and an iconic figure of the American colonial period, Edwards is well known and highly regarded as a stalwart defender of Calvinist theology and his Puritan heritage. As James P. Byrd deftly reveals, however, Edwards was also a brilliant thinker and passionate pastor who wrestled continuously with the most important issue of his time: the relationship between faith and reason.

Written by experts but designed for the novice, the Armchair series provides accurate, concise, and witty overviews of some of the most profound moments and theologians in Christian history. These books are essential supplements for first-time encounters with primary texts, lucid refreshers for scholars and clergy, and enjoyable reads for the theologically curious.

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October 3, 2008

Jonathan Edwardss Apologetic for the Great Awakening

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In the 1740s Jonathan Edwards emerged as the New Light proponent of the claim that the Great Awakening was, in the main, a true work of the Spirit of God. Conversely, Charles Chauncy led the Old Lights in opposition by offering criticisms of the Awakening.

In this book, Robert Davis Smart examines Edwards's defense of the revival with particular attention to Chauncy's criticisms, which have often been acknowledged but not previously subjected to thorough analysis. He sets forth historical and contextual factors that shaped Edwards and his generation, shows how Edwards emerged as a leader of the revival from its early days, and offers an updated survey of the modern attempts to interpret the Awakening theologically, sociologically, and historically.

Here is a detailed treatment of the contrasting perspectives of Edwards and Chauncy, an extensive analysis of their major works regarding the revival, and an able assessment of the essential issues raised by the debate.

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March 5, 2011

KARL BARTH MAKERS OF THE MODERN THEOLOGICAL MIND

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Karl Barth (1886-1968) is perhaps the most influential Protestant theologian of the twentieth century. He has been called a modern "church father," who belongs in the list of the most illustrious theologians in the history of Christianity. The whole course of modern theology changed direction because of his work. His Epistle to the Romans "fell like a bomb on the playground of the theologians." This is Karl Barth, who dominates the theology of the twentieth century. Even his opponents must establish their positions with respect to his. Although this book is a brief survey of the life and thought of Barth, Dr. Mueller does an excellent job of confronting us with Barth himself. His theological development, the central convictions that dominate his work, his major concerns, his creative treatment of difficult areas - these are amply discussed and illustrated. Primary emphasis is given to Barth's treatment of the doctrine of revelation and the knowledge of God. Mueller also discusses Barth's christocentric approach to theology, especially as it is seen in the doctrines of election, creation, man, and reconciliation.


About the Makers of the Modern Theological Mind series: Who are the thinkers that have shaped Christian theology in our time? This series tries to answer that question by providing a reliable guide to the ideas of the men who have significantly charted the theological seas of our century. Each major theologian is examined carefully and critically--his life, his theological method, his most germinal ideas, his weaknesses as a thinker, his place in the theological spectrum, and his chief contribution to the climate of theology today. Welcome to the series.

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January 1, 2015

Karl Barth the Jews and Judaism

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How Jewish was Karl Barth? This provocative question by David Novak opens Karl Barth, the Jews, and Judaism--a volume that brings together nine eminent Jewish and Christian theologians reflecting on a crucial aspect of Barth's thought and legacy. These scholarly essays not only make a noteworthy contribution to Barth studies but also demonstrate creative possibilities for building positive Jewish-Christian relations without theological compromise.

Contributors & Topics

David Novak on the extent to which Barth thought like a Jew

Eberhard Busch on three Jewish-Christian milestones in Barth's life

George Hunsinger on Christian philo-Semitism and supersessionism

Peter Ochs on Barthian elements in Jewish-Christian dialogue

Victoria J. Barnett on Barth and post-WWII interfaith encounters

Thomas F. Torrance on Israel's divine calling in world history

C. E. B. Cranfield on Pauline texts pertinent to Jewish-Christian relations

Hans Kung on moving from anti-Semitism to theological dialogue

Ellen T. Charry on addressing theological roots of enmity

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February 13, 2018

Know the Heretics Video Study 14 Lessons on 2 DVDs

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There is a lot of talk about heresy these days. The frequency and volume of accusations suggest that some Christians have lost a sense of the gravity of the word. On the other hand, many believers have little to no familiarity with orthodox doctrine or the historic distortions of it. What's needed is a strong dose of humility and restraint, and also a clear and informed definition of orthodoxy and heresy. In Know the Heretics Video Study, scholar and author Justin Holcomb provides an accessible "travel guide" to the most significant heresies throughout Christian history.

Each lecture covers a simple explanation of the unorthodox teaching, the orthodox response and a key defender, and reflections of contemporary relevance for application in today's world. As a part of the KNOW series, Know the Heretics Video Study is designed for personal study or classroom use, as well as small groups and Sunday schools wanting to more deeply understand the foundations of the faith.

Session Titles and Runtimes:

1 - Introduction: Why Heresy? (7 min)

2 - Judaizers: The Old Rules Still Apply (25 min)

3 - Gnostics: God Hides Messages for the Enlightened (18 min)

4 - Marcion: Vengeful Yahweh versus Gentle Jesus (20 min)

5 - Docetists: The Spiritual Is Good, the Physical Is Evil (14 min)

6 - Mani: God Must Be Freed (16 min)

7 - Sabellius: One Actor and Three Hats (18 min)

8 - Arius: Jesus Is a Lesser God (16 min)

9 - Apollinarius: Christ May Be Human, but His Mind Is Divine (11 min)

10 - Pelagius: God Has Already Given Us the Tools (16 min)

11 - Eutyches: Christ as a New Kind of Being (13 min)

12 - Nestorius: Christ's Divinity Must Be Shielded (16 min)

13 - Socinus: The Trinity Is Irrelevant and Jesus's Death Is Only an Example (18 min)

14 - Conclusion (7 min)

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July 9, 2019

Knowing Our Faith a Guide for Believers Seekers & Christian Communities

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"I do not hope to convince you so that you will believe. That is to be left to the Holy Spirit. I write to you because you share the faith by which I live. I write so that you may share my joy in seeking to understand better this truth that our hearts believe and love."

In Knowing Our Faith Justo González introduces the Christian faith in direct, contemporary language that does not assume prior knowledge. While recognizing the existence of various denomi-nations and theological positions, González focuses on the core faith of the Christian church through the centuries.

Covering all the key topics--revelation, God, Jesus Christ, the Spirit, the church, Christian hope, and others--Knowing Our Faith is an ideal resource for both individual reading and small group study, with questions for discussion included at the end of each short chapter.

This accessible resource will help readers understand the Christian faith better--and, more importantly, live it better.

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March 12, 2019