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Author : John Shelby Spong
ISBN : 9780061233234
Genre : Religion
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Writing from his prison cell in Nazi Germany in 1945 Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a young German theologian, sketched a vision of what he called "religionless Christianity." In this book, John Shelby Spong puts flesh onto the bare bones of Bonhoeffer's radical thought. The result is a strikingly new and different portrait of Jesus of Nazareth—a Jesus for the non-religious. Spong challenges much of the traditional understanding that has for so long surrounded the Jesus of history, from the tale of his miraculous birth to a virgin, to the account of his cosmic ascension into the sky at the end of his life. Spong questions the historicity of the ideas that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, that he had twelve disciples, and that the miracle stories were meant to be descriptions of supernatural events. He also speaks directly to those contemporary critics of Christianity who call God a "delusion" and who write letters to a "Christian nation" and describe how Christianity has become evil and destructive. Spong invites his readers to look at Jesus through the lens of both the Jewish scriptures and the liturgical life of the first-century synagogue. Dismissing the dispute about Jesus' nature that consumed the church's leadership for the first 500 years of Christian history as irrelevant, Spong proposes a new way of understanding the divinity of Christ: as the ultimate dimension of a fulfilled humanity. Traditional Christians who still cling to dated concepts of the past will not be comfortable with this book; however, skeptics of the twenty-first century will not be quite so certain that dismissing Jesus is the correct pathway to walk. Jesus for the Non-Religious may be the book that finally brings the pious and the secular into a meaningful dialogue, opening the door to a living Christianity in the post-Christian world.
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Jesus And Non Christian Religions

ISBN : 9781468597950
Genre : Philosophy
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Some people say that outside the church there is no salvation. This, however, is not the position of the official Catholic Church which teaches that Jesus died to save everyone. Jesus and Non-Christian Religions deals with this topic in detail and endeavors to show how to help all to be saved. It is a good book for anyone who desires the salvation of those outside the church. It provides important information for all, especially students of Christology, evangelization and apologetics and those interested in inter-religious dialogue.
Category: Philosophy

Christ More Powerful

Author : Dr. Stewart Snook
ISBN : 1456711210
Genre : Religion
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This book compares the ideals, symbols and deliverers (saviors) of seven major non-Christian religions with the Christ of the New Testament. How do these religions relate to Christ and Christianity? The author shows that Christ is the only Savior who is a historical reality and not a myth. Verses from Scripture show who Christ is and how He overshadows the myths of deliverers in non-Christian religions. The ideals, symbols, and deliverers of each major religion, Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism and Shinto, are discussed. The vision of this book is that people with contact with any of the seven major religions discussed may have Scripture to relate to the beliefs of these religions and be able to discuss meaningfully the significance of their beliefs with Christianity. The problem confronted in this book is Pluralism's claim that all religions lead to God. An alternative approach is presented, namely that Christ fulfills the ideals of any of the major religions presented. Throughout the discussion of each religion if the question of revelation. Would God give only revelation or many revelations for different cultures? The purpose of the book is not simply to compare religions. It is to show how the New Testament Christ fulfills any ideals or deliverer concepts in these non-Christian religions. The pattern of writing is to present material from each non-Christian religion and compare this with Christ as the more powerful, the incomparable, and only Savior of the world.
Category: Religion

The Unique Christ For Salvation The Challenge Of The Non Christian Religions And Cultures Revised Edition 2019

Author : Yusufu Turaki
ISBN : 9781386149279
Genre : Religion
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Yusufu Turaki Foundation and Publishing The Uniqueness Christ For salvation The challenge of the Non-Christian Religions and cultures YUSUFU TURAKI This book re-affirms Christian commitment to Biblical truth, apostolic teachings, and the historic witness of the Church that Jesus is Lord. For tills reason, the book examines the Christian concept of the unique Christ for salvation within two modem societies: (1) Western concept of pluralism and secularism and (2) African traditional spirituality and worldview. The uniqueness of Christ was affirmed by using prophetic and apostolic witness based upon Biblical data. Western pluralism and secularism and African traditional spirituality and worldview are not to be accepted as valid religious arguments that negate the uniqueness of Christ but are indeed arguments of the non-Christian religions and cultures which are to be judged by the prophetic and apostolic witness and the Biblical data. CHRISTIAN APOLOGETICS AND MISSIONS
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Karl Barth S Theology As A Resource For A Christian Theology Of Religions

Author : Sven Ensminger
ISBN : 9780567655776
Genre : Religion
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This book uses Karl Barth's theology as a resource for Christian theology of religions. For this purpose, it examines Barth's theology under the doctrinal aspects of revelation, revelation and religion, theological anthropology and election, addressing questions such as the possibility of and context for revelation, Barth's understanding of religion, the theological approach to the human being, and soteriology. Furthermore, Barth's thought is put into conversation with other approaches in the field of theology of religions, notably Karl Rahner's inclusivism and John Hick and the pluralist paradigm. It is shown that Barth's theological system as a whole can serve as a resource for the Christian approach to and interaction with those of other faiths or no faith at all. This is achieved through maintaining a balance between the commitment to the own faith and the openness to the sovereignty of God impacting the whole of creation. Central to Barth's approach is the challenge to the Christian community to see their presuppositions challenged in the most unexpected circumstances, while looking beyond human categories to affirm the dignity bestowed upon all of humanity through the divine Yes in the person Jesus Christ. Barth's theology with its starting point in the person of Jesus Christ is advocated as a framework for the members of the Christian community as they live alongside those with a different faith from their own.
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The Non Western Jesus

Author : M. E. Brinkman
ISBN : 9781317490432
Genre : Religion
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The centre of gravity of contemporary Christianity has shifted to the southern hemisphere where, with the exception of Latin America, almost all Christians are minorities in their home countries. Christians in Asia live amongst Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Shamanist or Taoist majorities and this context shapes the local Christian theology. The same is true in Africa where traditional religions and beliefs influence African Christians. Central to this change in both Africa and Asia is the creation of a new Jesus, one who accretes local beliefs and concerns and who, in that process, is transformed. 'The Non-Western Jesus' reveals how a new theology - with its own images and concepts - is coming into being. A wide range of embodiments of Jesus is examined: Jesus as 'Avatara' and 'Guru' in the Indian context; as 'Bodhisattva' in the Buddhist context; and Jesus within Asian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, African and Indonesian religious contexts.
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Saving Jesus From The Church

Author : Robin R. Meyers
ISBN : 9780061973062
Genre : Religion
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“Scholarly, pastoral, prophetic, and eloquent. The invitation to follow Jesus instead of worshiping Christ could not come at a more important time, or be issued by a more credible source.” — Desmond Tutu “Robin Meyers emerges in Saving Jesus from the Church as a national voice for a new Christianity. He is a well read scholar and a superb communicator. He writes with a refreshing honesty and a disarming authority. This book is a treat.” — John Shelby Spong, author of Jesus for the Non-Religious Robin Meyers, a rising star of liberal Christianity, restores the true mission of the faith that captures the heart of Jesus’s concern for people over “right belief.” Saving Jesus from the Church will resonate deeply with those who enjoy the works of John Shelby Spong, Marcus Borg, and John Dominic Crossan.
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Faith Among Faiths

Author : James Lee Fredericks
ISBN : 080913893X
Genre : Religion
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"In the twenty-first century, the meaning of non-Christian religions for Christian faith will become a central question. Are all religions, including Christianity, responding to the same transcendent truth or are religions fundamentally different? In Faith among Faiths, James Fredericks moves beyond the popular "pluralist" model of religions and explores the meaning of Christianity in light of non-Christian religions. By doing theology "comparatively," Fredericks shows how Christians can look upon religious diversity as an opportunity for enriching their own spiritual quest."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Big Jesus

Author : Jimmy R. Watson
ISBN : 9781498200493
Genre : Religion
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This may be the most honest book ever written about Jesus. As a veteran pastor in the United Church of Christ, Dr. Watson shares his thoughts on the timeless topic of Christology--the doctrine of Christ--with new and creative insights, informative and accessible theology, personal anecdotes, and lively wit. Nothing is off-limits in this no-holds-barred contribution to the Jesus genre. Big Jesus is not another theological "spin" on the identity and nature of Jesus of Nazareth, nor is it a sentimental fairytale for those who prefer their Christology to be served up on Sunday mornings with fluffy sheep, little children, and footprints in the sand. This book is for Christian adults with a sense of humor.
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