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Original Blessing

Author : Matthew Fox
ISBN : UVA:X004603149
Genre : Religion
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A work intended to uncover the basis of a pessimistic Christianity based on the concept of "original sin" and to recover a spirituality based on the original goodness or "original blessing" of creation.
Category: Religion

Original Blessing

Author : Danielle Shroyer
ISBN : 9781506420295
Genre : Religion
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Of the world’s three major religions, only Christianity holds to a doctrine of original sin. Ideas are powerful, and they shape who we are and who we become. The fact that many Christians believe there is something in human nature that is, and will always be, contrary to God, is not just a problem but a tragedy. So why do the doctrine’s assumptions of human nature so infiltrate our pulpits, sermons, and theological bookshelves? How is it so misconstrued in times of grief, pastoral care, and personal shame? How did we fall so far from God’s original blessing in the garden to this pervasive belief in humanity’s innate inability to do good? In this book, Danielle Shroyer takes readers through an overview of the historical development of the doctrine, pointing out important missteps and overcalculations, and providing alternative ways to approach often-used Scriptures. Throughout, she brings the primary claims of original sin to their untenable (and unbiblical) conclusions. In Original Blessing, she shows not only how we got this doctrine wrong, but how we can put sin back in its rightful place: in a broader context of redemption and the blessing of humanity’s creation in the image of God.
Category: Religion

Back To Eden

Author : Naida M. Parson Ph.D.
ISBN : 9781512786255
Genre : Religion
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On the sixth day of Creation, as God hovered over the man and the woman that He had made in His image, and after His likeness, He blessed them.God uttered five powerful words, five blessings, five abilities, five areas of authority. This blessing gave the newly created mankind the capacity for a full and prosperous life. Mankind still has that capacity today. In this book is an exciting and dynamic teaching on the original blessing mankind was given in the Garden of Eden. Sin may have complicated the blessings, but it did not cancel them out. Especially now that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of sin, we can claim and live out our original blessing. We are to be fruitful and multiply, to fill our world to capacity, to subdue it, and to have dominion. In this book, the author looks at each blessing in depth in order to increase your faith and your confidence to experience them in your life. Lets go back to Eden and reclaim our original blessing!
Category: Religion

What Are They Saying About Environmental Theology

Author : John Hart
ISBN : 0809142309
Genre : Religion
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"This book offers a comprehensive analysis of Catholic teachings on environmental themes by exploring official statements from Rome and the bishops of the Americas, as well as from contemporary visionary theologians". (p. [4] cover).
Category: Religion

A Way To God

Author : Matthew Fox
ISBN : 9781608684205
Genre : Religion
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This unique reflection was prompted by an invitation Matthew Fox received to speak on the centennial of Thomas Merton’s birth. Fox says that much of the trouble he’s gotten into — such as being excommunicated in 1993 from the Dominican Order by Cardinal Ratzinger (who later became Pope Benedict) — was because of Thomas Merton, who sent Fox to Paris to complete a doctoral program in philosophy. Fox found that Merton’s journals, poetry, and religious writings revealed a deeply ecumenical philosophy and a contemplative life experience similar to that of Meister Eckhart, the fourteenth-century mystic/theologian who inspired Fox’s own “creation spirituality.” It is little surprise to find Fox and Merton to be kindred spirits, but the intersections Fox finds with Eckhart are intellectually profound, spiritually enlightening, and delightfully engaging.
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The Greening Of Protestant Thought

Author : Robert Booth Fowler
ISBN : 9780807861530
Genre : Social Science
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The Greening of Protestant Thought traces the increasing influence of environmentalism on American Protestantism since the first Earth Day, which took place in 1970. Robert Booth Fowler explores the extent to which ecological concerns permeate Protestant thought and examines contemporary controversies within and between mainline and fundamentalist Protestantism over the Bible's teachings about the environment. Fowler explores the historical roots of environmentalism in Protestant thought, including debates over God's relationship to nature and the significance of the current environmental crisis for the history of Christianity. Although he argues that mainline Protestantism is becoming increasingly 'green,' he also examines the theological basis for many fundamentalists' hostility toward the environmental movement. In addition, Fowler considers Protestantism's policy agendas for environmental change, as well as the impact on mainline Protestant thinking of modern eco-theologies, process and creation theologies, and ecofeminism.
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New Age Religion And Western Culture

Author : Wouter J. Hanegraaff
ISBN : 0791438546
Genre : Religion
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Presents the first systematic analysis of the structure and beliefs of the New Age movement, and the historical emergence of "New Age" as a secularized version of Western esoteric traditions.
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Marriage In The Western Church

Author : Philip Lyndon Reynolds
ISBN : 0391041088
Genre : Religion
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Author Philip Reynolds examines how marriage acquired a specifically Christian identity in the Latin West during the first millennium after Christ. Beginning with Jesus, everything the Christians did, including getting married, began a process of differentiation. Reynolds offers three themes for theological reflection and interpretation: Jesus teaching, Paul s Letter to the Ephesians, and Paul s justification of marriage as a solution to the problem of sexual desire. Reynolds insights into the Christianization of marriage make this a valuable book at both the scholarly and the practical level.
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In The Beginning

Author : Donald Schmidt
ISBN : 9780595448128
Genre : Religion
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In the Beginning is a simple journey through the four paths of "Creation Spirituality," taken over four weeks. It is designed for use during the four weeks leading up to Christmas, but can be enjoyed anytime during the year. By combining scripture with his own spiritual reflections, minister and writer Donald Schmidt helps you celebrate the season of Advent and prepare for Christmas. The scriptures explored each day are based on readings from Emerging Word: A Creation Spirituality Lectionary. A unique blend of humor, theological insight, and storytelling make this book a memorable journey. Let the daily readings from In the Beginning accompany you through Advent, or any other part of your faith. Find meaning in the season and celebrate God's word!
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