9780664224172

Christian Faith: A Brief Introduction

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  • ISBN13:

    9780664224172

  • ISBN10:

    0664224172

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-08-01
  • Publisher: Presbyterian Pub Corp
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Summary

In this unique introduction, Peter Hodgson rethinks central Christian themes in relation to three sets of issues that confront humankind with increasing urgency: the struggle for justice; cultural and religious pluralism; and ecological and cosmological awareness. Hodgson assumes both the possibility and necessity of revisioning Christian faith under ever-changing circumstances, and notes that such reconstruction has occurred since the beginning of the Christian faith. He invites readers to actually participate in this theological revisioning, and he encourages the process by including practical exercises--critical thinking problems, collaborative projects, and interactions with contemporary challenges--in every chapter.

Table of Contents

Preface vii
A New Millennium: Whence Courage, Whither Faith?
1(18)
Challenges of a New Millennium
1(9)
Whence Courage?
10(2)
Whither Faith?
12(1)
Themes and Questions: A Revisionary Approach
13(6)
Thinking Theologically: What Calls It Forth?
19(28)
Faith, Revelation, and Theology
19(5)
Ways of Thinking Theologically
24(4)
The Resources and Dimensions of Theology
28(9)
The Nature of Theological Construction
37(10)
God and the World: How Do They Interact?
47(30)
A Relational-Organic-Ecological View of the World
48(6)
A Creative-Trinitarian View of God
54(8)
Figures of the Trinity: The Interaction of God and the World
62(15)
Human Nature and Evil: A Tragic Condition?
77(26)
The Place of Humanity in Nature
77(6)
Imago Dei: Human Being as Embodied Freedom
83(5)
Tragedy: From Fragility to Sin
88(7)
Injustice: From Sin to Evil
95(8)
Jesus and Redemption: Who and Where Is Christ for Us Today?
103(32)
The Problem of Interpreting Jesus
103(3)
Jesus as the Incarnation of God's Wisdom
106(13)
The Risen Christ and the Work of Redemption
119(7)
Christology and Religious Pluralism
126(9)
The Age of the Spirit: An Impossible Dream?
135(24)
The Age of the Spirit
135(1)
The Coming of the Spirit
136(10)
A Spirituality for Today: Ecology, Justice, and Pluralism
146(4)
Beyond Accusation and Consolation: A Possible Dream
150(9)
Glossary 159(12)
Bibliography 171(10)
Index 181

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