By William P. Anderson, Richard L. Diesslin, William P. Anderson
The heritage of Christian theology could be a daunting, even forbidding box for the beginner, who sees neither the necessity for nor pertinence of rummaging round dusty outdated texts. This people-friendly quantity, a full-scale reader within the background of Christian theology, bargains a simple, non-threatening, sometimes funny but relatively thorough access into Christianity's vital texts from the Apostolic Fathers to Mary Daly. it's also enlivened by means of dozens of cartoons by way of wealthy Diesslin.
Highly obtainable introductions to 5 classes precede short introductions to and texts from greater than fifty key thinkers. The texts spotlight perennial subject matters and questions in Christian culture, specially the which means and value of Jesus, demanding situations to the institutional church, tensions of religion and cause, spirituality, and the Christian quest for social justice. the hot variation, part back as huge because the unique, provides major paintings from the Cappadocian Fathers and the Christological controversialists, the Franciscan culture, the unconventional and English reforms, and deeper assurance of twentieth-century theologians. With studying aids, research-paper feedback and advisor, and thesaurus
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Challenge to Gnosticism Irenaeus appealed to the unity and priority of the Christian message while challenging the Gnostics. Gnosticism was a radical dualism; that is, it made a sharp distinction between spirit and matter. The Gnostics took the position that, since God is clearly spiritual and the world is 3. Irenaeus of Lyons (140–200) 21 existence of elements of truth in philosophy and Hebrew literature and to show that there can really be no opposition between any of these divergent positions.
Writings of an Apologist We now turn to some of the texts of Justin Martyr for information on the early church and for inspiration for the modern church. As we have stated, Justin is an apologist; that is, he is a person who speaks to those generally outside of the Christian community and in its defense. This will be one area that we shall examine. Another equally significant area in the thought of Justin is his use of logos. Logos was a term common to both Greek philosophy and Christian theology and denotes the principle of rationality that informs all being.
According to them [the Gnostic heretics], neither the Word nor Christ nor their Savior was made flesh. They hold that neither the Word nor the Christ ever entered this world, that the Savior never really became incarnate or suffered, but that he descended as a dove upon that Jesus who belonged to the dispensation, and then when he had proclaimed the unknown Father, he again ascended into the Pleroma. . Others, again, declare that Jesus was born of Joseph and Mary, and that the Christ of the upper realms, being without flesh and the capacity of suffering, descended upon him.