Not Every Spirit A Dogmatics of Christian Disbelief, 2nd Edition

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2009-02-01
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury T&T Clark

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Since its initial release over a decade ago, Not Every Spirit has continued to serve as an important and unique contribution to the understanding of Christian dogmatics-not in terms of what the Christian faith does believe, but, in fact, what it does not believe. Updated for today's audience, Morse again reminds us that to believe in God is not to believe everything, but rather it is to test what truly is of God and what is not. To trust everything without awareness of what is untrustworthy is not genuine faith in God. The presence of faithful disbelief in the Church gives the Church's teaching and practice its timeliness in every cultural situation. In the contemporary climate, this message is as true as it was upon this volume's first publication. Students and scholars alike will find this volume to be a welcome, instructive, and challenging resource, useful for the careful consideration and discernment of what the Christian faith is not. Only then can we begin to understand that God's grace is truly God's being for us. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Christopher Morse holds the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Chair in Theology and Ethics at Union Seminary, New York, and is the author of The Logic of Promise in Moltmann's Theology.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Editionp. xiii
Preface to the First Editionp. xxi
Christian Faith as Disbelief
The Call to Faithful Disbeliefp. 3
"Do Not Believe Every Spirit"p. 3
Rachel's Refusalp. 9
The Truth that Harbors a Liep. 12
Theology as the Task of Faithful Disbeliefp. 14
The Suspicion of Theologyp. 14
Theology's Academic and Ecclesial Referents: Three Views of Their Relationshipp. 20
The Disputed Legitimacy of Dogmatic Theology Following the Enlightenmentp. 23
Conclusionsp. 30
Testing the Spirits Todayp. 32
Tolerance and the Intolerablep. 32
The German Church Struggle Following 1933p. 34
1 John 4:2p. 38
The Anathemap. 40
Not Peddlers but Stewards: The Pauline Imagesp. 42
Academic Limitsp. 44
Tests of Doctrinal Faithfulnessp. 45
Continuity with Apostolic Traditionp. 46
Congruence with Scripturep. 49
Consistency with Worshipp. 52
Catholicityp. 54
Consonance with Experiencep. 57
Conformity with Consciencep. 61
Consequencep. 63
Crucialityp. 65
Coherencep. 66
Comprehensivenessp. 68
Conclusionp. 69
Disbeliefs of The Christian Faith
Exploring Doctrines: Preamble to Part 2p. 73
The Tracing of Doctrinesp. 74
Begin by identifying what is essential: Friedrich Schleiermacherp. 74
Begin with the objections: Thomas Aquinasp. 79
Conclusionsp. 82
The Word of Godp. 86
Introductionp. 86
Initial Objectionsp. 87
Interpretationp. 91
God Says Something; God Speaksp. 91
God Speaks through Scripturep. 92
God's Word Acts to Accomplish Somethingp. 94
God's Word Shines in the Heartp. 96
God's Word Provides Knowledge of Godp. 97
Revelation through Scripturep. 98
Knowledge of God apart from Scripturep. 103
God's Word Provides Knowledge of God in the Face of Christp. 105
Proposed Disbeliefsp. 109
The Being of Godp. 113
Introductionp. 113
Initial Objectionsp. 115
Interpretationp. 119
The Divine Attributesp. 119
The Triunity of Godp. 127
God's Proper Namep. 132
Proposed Disbeliefsp. 135
Jesus Christp. 139
Introductionp. 139
Initial Objectionsp. 142
Interpretationp. 148
The Incarnationp. 150
The Resurrectionp. 155
The Parousiap. 161
Proposed Disbeliefsp. 166
The Holy Spiritp. 171
Introductionp. 171
Initial Objectionsp. 173
Interpretationp. 177
The Holy Spirit as Giftp. 178
The Holy Spirit as Giverp. 181
The Gifts of the Holy Spiritp. 191
Proposed Disbeliefsp. 194
Creationp. 198
Introductionp. 198
Initial Objectionsp. 200
Interpretationp. 205
"Let There Be": From Exodus to Genesisp. 205
"It Is Not Good": Knowing Evilp. 212
"The Lord Will Provide": Creation's Continuancep. 216
"See, I Am Making All Things New": Creation's Expectancyp. 220
Proposed Disbeliefsp. 222
Salvationp. 225
Introductionp. 225
Initial Objectionsp. 227
Interpretationp. 230
Saved by Gracep. 231
Saved from Sinp. 237
Saved for Righteousnessp. 243
Proposed Disbeliefsp. 250
Humanityp. 256
Introductionp. 256
Initial Objectionsp. 257
Interpretationp. 263
Foreknown and Predestinedp. 263
Calledp. 265
Justifiedp. 269
Glorifiedp. 271
Being Human Sexuallyp. 273
Proposed Disbeliefsp. 283
The Churchp. 288
Introductionp. 288
Initial Objectionsp. 290
Interpretationp. 295
Discerning the Bodyp. 296
The Marks of the Church as Disbeliefsp. 301
Signs, Wonders, and Sacramentp. 308
Proposed Disbeliefsp. 314
The Life to Comep. 318
Introductionp. 318
Initial Objectionsp. 320
Interpretationp. 324
On Trial for Hopep. 325
The Coming Cloudp. 329
Hellfire and Damnationp. 335
Looking Forward: The Resurrection of Body and Worldp. 341
Proposed Disbeliefsp. 343
Notesp. 347
Guidelines for Utrum Papersp. 387
Creedsp. 389
Index of Scriptural Referencesp. 391
Index of Namesp. 401
Index of Subjectsp. 407
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