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Faith of the Christian Church: An Introduction to Theology (Tyron L Inbody) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2005) 9780802841513
Faith of the Christian Church: An Introduction to Theology (Tyron L Inbody) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2005) 9780802841513
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Title: The Faith of the Christian Church: An Introduction to Theology

Author: Inbody, Tyron L

Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2005

Paperback; ISBN: 9780802841513

Volumes: 1; Pages: 360

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This new book offers an engaging, accessible introduction to all the major beliefs of the Christian faith. Writing for readers with no previous background in theology, Tyron Inbody covers the twelve traditional topics of Christian doctrine: theology, revelation, faith, God, creation, suffering and evil, humankind, Jesus Christ, salvation, church, sacraments, and eschatology.The book's user-friendly design and broad-ranging perspective commend it to readers from every church tradition, and the book is ideal for Bible classes, church education, and small groups. Numerous quote boxes and illustrations drawn from popular culture make the text visually interesting, thought-provoking, and enjoyable to read. Inbody's book also includes discussion of subjects not usually covered in introductory volumes, such as creationism, the devil, miracles, prayer, shame, the virgin birth, and more.ContentsPrefaceChapter One: Thinking about Faith1. The Faith of the Christian Church2. Why Complicate Things? Some Preliminary Questions about Theology3. Making Sense of Faith: The Task of Theology4. The Limits of Theology5. Modes of Thinking TheologicallyChapter Two: Resources for Thinking about Faith1. The Question of Authority in Theology2. The Primacy of Scripture3. Shaped by Tradition and Traditioning4. Reasoning Faith5. Confirmed by ExperienceChapter Three: Revelation and Faith1. The Idea of Revelation in Recent Thought2. General Revelation3. Special Revelation4. Elemental Faith and Saving Faith5. The Faith of the ChurchChapter Four: Faith in God1. Awareness of God2. God in the Bible3. The Theistic Concept of God4. Dialectical Theism5. The Triune GodChapter Five: Faith and the Natural World1. Scripture and Creation2. Creation and the Question of Origins: Creatio ex Nihilo3. Six Days or Forever? Creation and Evolution4. Continuing Creation and Divine Providence: Creatio Continua5. Miracle and PrayerChapter Six: The Threat to Faith1. How Long, O Lord? Suffering and Evil2. We Deserve What We Get:A Theistic Explanation of Suffering and Evil3. The Devil, the Demons, and the Demonic4. Why Doesn't God Do Something?Creation, Tragic Structure, and the Will of God5. God with Us: God and Human SufferingChapter Seven: The Lack of Faith1. The Image of God2. Sin and Original Sin3. Becoming Children of God:Developments within the Classical Tradition4. Beyond the Tradition: Shame and Han5. Redeemed HumanityChapter Eight: Faith in Jesus Christ1. The Ministry of Jesus of Nazareth2. The Birth and Death of Jesus3. The Resurrection of Jesus4. Jesus the Christ5. Jesus Christ LiberatorChapter Nine: Saving Faith1. "He Was Crucified, Dead, and Buried":The Cross and Atonement2. Cross Purposes: Interpreting the Atonement3. Amazing Grace: The Christian Idea of Salvation4. "You Are Accepted": Justification5. "Be Perfect, Therefore": SanctificationChapter Ten: The Community of Faith1. "The Lord and Giver of Life":The Holy Spirit and the Christian Life2. "In Used Pots and Pans" (2 Cor. 4:7; 1 Cor. 4:13):The Identity of the Church3. "One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic":The Marks of the Church4. Our Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18):The Mission of the Church5. "The Gifts He Gave ... for the Work of Ministry" (Eph. 4:11):The Ministry of the ChurchChapter Eleven: Initiating and Maintaining Faith1. "Every Common Bush Afire with God":Worship in a Sacramental Universe2. Christian Sacraments3. The Sacrament of Initiation into the Christian Life: Baptism4. The Sacrament of Maintenance of the Christian Life: Eucharist5. FAQsChapter Twelve: The Fulfillment of Faith1. What Can Christians Hope For?Eschatology and Apocalypticism2. What Is the Goal of History?3. Dying We Live: Do We Survive Our Death?4. What Are God's Ultimate Purposes?5. Is Jesus the Only Way to God?GlossaryIndex
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