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How Greek Philosophy Corrupted The Christian Concept Of God

Author : Richard R. Hopkins
ISBN : 9780882907826
Genre : Religion
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How Greek Philosophy Corrupted the Christian Concept of God brings profound new insights to the Trinitarian doctrines of orthodox Christianity. with clear and precise documentation, the book shows how these doctrines migrated into early Christianity from Greek philosophy. the various aspects of Trinitarian belief are isolated, linked to their Greek sources, and carefully analyzed to show they differ radically from biblical teaching. the writings of early church fathers, portrayed in their historical context, show that during the second century, theological concepts taught in Platonism were adopted as Christianity struggled to end Roman persecution. Emperor Marcus Aurelius, a famous Stoic philosopher, was putting Christians to death because their belief did not conform to the Hellenized religion of the day. the book shows that the early Church Fathers sought to save their people's lives by redefining the Christian God in Greek terms. Their efforts brought metaphysics to Christianity and ushered in concepts like the Trinity. After presenting the historical setting in which these philosophical errors were embraced as Christian doctrine, the book compares orthodox Christian theology today, called classical theism, to biblical teachings. the book identifies how Greek phillosophy has influenced major atributes of God taught in classical theism. the book constitutes a major challenge to those who accept the tenants of classical theism but do not know the many aspects of their doctrine that are based on Greek philosophy.
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Biblical Mormonism

Author : Richard R. Hopkins
ISBN : 0882904825
Genre : Mormon Church
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The 1 300 Years War

Author : Robert Maddock
ISBN : 9781524533762
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The book is in two volumes and describes the evolution of Judeo-Christianity and Islam and the 1,300 years of warfare between them. Islam and Christianity follow gods with different characteristics and differing doctrinefree will versus determinism. They were engaged in bloody conflict from AD 632 until 1856 (Crimean War) when the Ottoman Empire became the sick man of Europe. It reignited with Egyptian encouragement backed by Soviet money, the arming of fedayeen terrorists in 1956, and the Six-Day War following Egypts seizure of the Suez Canal, and it has become progressively more serious ever since.
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Christian Fruit Jewish Root

Author : John D. Garr
ISBN : 9781940685274
Genre : Religion
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Christian Fruit--Jewish Root is an in-depth, scholarly examination of the Hebraic foundations of the major tenets and practices of Christianity. This volume confirms the truth that the inherent Jewishness of the Christian faith is simply an undeniable historical and theological fact. By evaluating Christian doctrine and polity through the Jewish mindset of Jesus and the apostles, this book uncovers a veritable treasure of Hebraic truth. For every authentic Christian fruit, there is a Jewish toot! This truth id demonstrated across a wide spectrum of theological truth, including: Scripture, Messiah, Salvation, Faith, Baptism, Gospel, Grace, and Descipleship. Christianity owes a profound debt of gratitude to the Jewish people and to biblical and Second Temple Judaism for the foundations of the truths and practices that it hold dear. As you read this challenging, informative, and inspirational book, you will be amazed at just how Jewish Christianity, the "other Jewish religion," actually is.
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Passing By Nehushtan Part I

Author : B. K. Silverthorne
ISBN : 9780989385138
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Has the Christian faith been thoroughly explained through the almost 19 centuries after the death of the apostles? Augustine? Aquinas? Calvin? Barth? Billy Graham? Catholicism? Protestantism? Primitivism? Universalism? Presuppositionalism? Evidentialism? Have all these authors and viewpoints really helped us understand and live the scriptures better? Is there nothing still to be found in the Bible, the greatest revelation and writing ever produced, after these relatively artificial layers have been removed? Are we, and the voice of scripture itself, really to be thought at the mercy of human creativity and manipulation for its impact to be felt and minds supernaturally illuminated as God intended it? The answer: no! But if these represent distorting layers of mediation between ourselves and a transcendent revelation, by what other means are we to steer our apprehension of it, knowing that its many communicated issues and implications have to be controlled through some kind pre-hermeneutic and understanding? There are two systems of the world which they all fall into: liberalism and conservatism, which has obsessed it from the beginning, most obviously since Plato and Aristotle. The way out is not seeking to satisfy them in some mixture, but how to return to the scriptures by finding whatever about it has been neglected, relegated, ignored and lost by them. The answer will be what was ever before us all along, but like all true stumblingblocks, we never notice it until we have fallen and it is too late. The Bible is about one thing: messianic prophecy and its fulfillment, and the imperative of our love, knowledge and faith of Jesus Christ through it. The implications of this simple truth are expounded here, to change our reading of scripture, and ourselves, forever, and in a way that the world could never have imagined.

The Four Loves

Author : Clive Staples Lewis
ISBN : 0151329168
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Examines human love, including affection, friendship, erotic love, and the love of God, and uses sources ranging from Jane Austen to St. Augustine to argue that none of the types of love can prosper without the love of God.
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Biblical Mormonism

Author : Richard R. Hopkins
ISBN : 0882904825
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Greek Homosexuality

Author : Kenneth James Dover
ISBN : 0674362705
Genre : History
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To what extent and in what ways was homosexuality approved by the ancient Greeks? An eminent classicist examines the evidence--vase paintings, archaic and classical poetry, the dialogues of Plato, speeches in the law courts, the comedies of Aristophanes--and reaches provocative conclusions. A discussion of female homosexuality is included.
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The Darkening Age

Author : Catherine Nixey
ISBN : 9780544800939
Genre : History
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A bold new history of the rise of Christianity, showing how its radical followers ravaged vast swathes of classical culture, plunging the world into an era of dogma and intellectual darkness “Searingly passionate…Nixey writes up a storm. Each sentence is rich, textured, evocative, felt…[A] ballista-bolt of a book.” —New York Times Book Review In Harran, the locals refused to convert. They were dismembered, their limbs hung along the town’s main street. In Alexandria, zealots pulled the elderly philosopher-mathematician Hypatia from her chariot and flayed her to death with shards of broken pottery. Not long before, their fellow Christians had invaded the city’s greatest temple and razed it—smashing its world-famous statues and destroying all that was left of Alexandria’s Great Library. Today, we refer to Christianity’s conquest of the West as a “triumph.” But this victory entailed an orgy of destruction in which Jesus’s followers attacked and suppressed classical culture, helping to pitch Western civilization into a thousand-year-long decline. Just one percent of Latin literature would survive the purge; countless antiquities, artworks, and ancient traditions were lost forever. As Catherine Nixey reveals, evidence of early Christians’ campaign of terror has been hiding in plain sight: in the palimpsests and shattered statues proudly displayed in churches and museums the world over. In The Darkening Age, Nixey resurrects this lost history, offering a wrenching account of the rise of Christianity and its terrible cost.
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Beyond The Bounds

Author : John Piper
ISBN : 9781433516252
Genre : Religion
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"Everyone who believes in God at all believes that He knows what you and I are going to do tomorrow." –C. S. Lewis This understanding of God's foreknowledge has united the church for twenty centuries. But advocates of "open theism" are presenting a different vision of God and a different view of the future. The rise of open theism within evangelicalism has raised a host of questions. Was classical theism decisively tainted by Greek philosophy? How should we understand passages that tell us that God repents? Are essentials of biblical Christianity–like the inerrancy of Scripture, the trustworthiness of God, and the Gospel of Christ–at stake in this debate? Where, when, and why should we draw new boundaries–and is open theism beyond them? Beyond the Bounds brings together a respected team of scholars to examine the latest literature, address these questions, and give guidance to the church in this time of controversy. Contributors include: John Piper Wayne Grudem Michael S. Horton Bruce A. Ware Mark R. Talbot A. B. Caneday Stephen J. Wellum Justin Taylor Paul Kjoss Helseth Chad Brand William C. Davis Russell Fuller "We have prepared this book to address the issue of boundaries and, we pray, bring some remedy to the present and impending pain of embracing open theism as a legitimate Christian vision of God. . . . As a pastor, who longs to be biblical and God-centered and Christ-exalting and eternally helpful to my people, I see open theism as theologically ruinous, dishonoring to God, belittling to Christ, and pastorally hurtful. My prayer is that Christian leaders will come to see it this way, and thus love the church by counting open theism beyond the bounds of orthodox Christian teaching." –From the Foreword by John Piper
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