A Faith for All Seasons

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-03-15
  • Publisher: Ingram Book Co

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In response to the questions most asked by students in his theology classes at Taylor University, Ted M. Dorman revises his textbook, which introduces and explains the classic doctrines of the historic Christian faith. While systematic in organization, the book remains written for students, aiming to bring them to an understanding of the central doctrines of the Christian church including the doctrines of Scripture, God, creation, humanity, atonement, salvation, and eschatology.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition xi
Introduction xv
What This Book Is About
Setting the Stage
So What?
The Apostles' Creed The Nicene Creed
Our Knowledge of God
Faith and Knowledge
Knowledge of God through General Revelation
Implications of General Revelation
Case Studies: C. S. Lewis, Thomas Aquinas
The Doctrine of Scripture
The Need for Holy Scripture
Scripture as the Word of God
The Inspiration of Scripture
The Interpretation of Scripture
The Authority of Scripture
The Sufficiency of Scripture
The Formation of the Canon
Case Studies: Karl Barth, Origen
The Doctrine of God
The Names of God
The Attributes of God
The Triune God
Case Studies: Tertullian, Augustine
The Doctrine of Creation
The Biblical View of Creation
Alternatives to the Biblical View of Creation
Genesis and Modern Science
Angels: God's Secret Agents
Case Study: The Heidelberg Catechism
The Doctrine of Providence
Providence as a Problem
Two Categories of Divine Providence
Alternatives to the Biblical Doctrine of Providence
Benefits of the Doctrine of Providence
Case Studies: John Wesley, John Calvin
Excursus: A Modern-Day Rabbi's Response to an Age-Old Problem
The Doctrine of Humanity, Part One: Created in the Image of God (Imago Dei)
The Biblical Foundation of the Imago Dei
Theological Interpretations of the Imago Dei
Questions Concerning the Human Soul
Case Study: Irenaeus on the ``Image'' and ``Likeness'' of God
Excursus: Humanity as Male and Female
The Doctrine of Humanity, Part Two: Fallen into Sin
The Biblical Account of the Fall of Humanity
The Doctrine of Sin
Freedom of the Will
Case Study: Jonathan Edwards
Excursus: Original Sin: Realism vs. Federalism
Christology, Part One: The Incarnation
The Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ
New Testament Christological Titles
Christological Controversies, A. D. 100--325
Christological Controversies, A. D. 325--451
Some Later Christological Developments
Case Study: Athanasius
Chart: Christologies: Orthodox and Heretical
Christology, Part Two: The Atonement
The Freedom and the Necessity of the Atonement
Biblical Concepts of the Atonement
Six Theories of the Atonement
The Design and Purpose of the Atonement
``He Descended into Hell''
Case Study: Anselm of Canterbury
Chart: Six Views of the Atonement
Chart: Design and Purpose of the Atonement
Christology, Part Three: The Risen Savior
The Resurrection of Jesus
The Ascension
The Session
The Return of Christ
Excursus: Where Did Jesus Rise from the Dead?
The Holy Spirit: Who He Is and What He Does
The Person of the Holy Spirit
The Work of the Holy Spirit
Case Study: Pentecostalism---Azusa Street
The Doctrine of Salvation
Soteriology, East and West
Theosis: The Way of the East
Divine Election
The Order of Salvation (Ordo Salutis)
Case Study: Martin Luther's Ninety-Five Theses
Case Study and Chart: Calvinism vs. Arminianism
The Church: The People of God
The Meaning of Church in the New Testament
The Church as the Body of Christ
Old Testament Images Applied to the Church
The Mission of the Church
Marks of the Church
Excursus: Did Jesus Intend to Create the Church?
Excursus: The ``Body of Christ'': An Extension of the Incarnation?
Case Study: Christ and Culture
Faith and Order in the Church
Life in the Early Christian Community
The Ministry of the Word
The Lord's Supper
Church Organization
The Protestant Quest for Unity
Chart: Four Views of Baptism
Chart: Four Views of the Lord's Supper
The Doctrine of the Last Things
The Scope of Eschatology
Physical Death
The Intermediate State
The Second Coming of Christ
The Resurrection of the Body
Human Destiny
Excursus: A Future Restoration of the Nation of Israel?
Chart: Four Views of the Millennium
Notes 331(14)
Glossary of Theological Terms 345(14)
Bibliography of Works Cited 359(10)
Name Index 369

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