9780631205449

Inquiring after God : Classic and Contemporary Readings

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  • ISBN13:

    9780631205449

  • ISBN10:

    0631205446

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-02-08
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

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Summary

Instead of introducing students to Christian theology through its doctrines, this text introduces it through discussion of church practices and of the experience of everyday Christian life. By taking a practical approach it encourages students to see that the goal of inquiring after God should be spiritual growth as well as intellectual understanding, enabling them to integrate their faith with their thinking.The classic and contemporary texts brought together here introduce students to Christian life and thought across the centuries, opening up a dialogue between past and present. These discussions will acquaint readers with Christian claims about God, Jesus Christ, scripture, human nature, sin and salvation in everyday life as well as in communal ecclesial practice. The points of entry examined are study, science, work, affliction, repentance and forgiveness, prayer, love of neighbor, scripture, meditation, preaching, the Christian sacrament of the altar, Christian art, and reflective discernment.

Author Biography

Ellen T. Charry is Margaret W. Harmon Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. Previously, she served on the faculty of Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. Her most recent book is By the Renewing of Your Minds: The Pastoral Function of Christian Doctrine (1997).

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors ix
Acknowledgments xi
Time Line xv
Introduction xvi
Inquiring after God through Theological Study
1(28)
St. Anselm of Canterbury, St. Bonaventure
4(12)
Diogenes Allen
16(13)
Inquiring after God by Means of Scientific Study
29(24)
Psalm 8:3--4, Isaiah 45:18
31(1)
St. Thomas Aquinas
31(3)
Contemporary Reflection: Nancy Murphy
34(19)
Inquiring after God through Discernment
53(28)
Julian of Norwich
55(7)
Elisabeth K. J. Koening
62(19)
Inquiring after God when Working
81(27)
John Calvin, John Paul II
83(6)
Edward Collins Vacek, SJ
89(19)
Inquiring after God through Friendship
108(25)
Aelred of Rievaulx
111(10)
Caroline J. Simon
121(12)
Inquiring after God in Marriage
133(23)
St. Augustine of Hippo
136(9)
Richard J. Foster
145(11)
Inquiring after God when Afflicted
156(23)
St. John Chrysostom
159(11)
Simone Weil
170(9)
Inquiring after God by Repentance and Forgiveness
179(28)
St. Catherine of Siena
182(9)
L. Gregory Jones
191(16)
Inquiring after God when Meditating on Scripture
207(25)
1 John 2:18--25, 4:1--21
210(1)
St. Augustine of Hippo
211(10)
C. Clifton Black
221(11)
Inquiring after God when Preaching
232(25)
Psalm 14:1-2, 2 Corinthians 4:1-7
234(1)
St. Augustine of Hippo, John Calvin
235(9)
Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.
244(13)
Inquiring after God around the Lord's Table
257(21)
Martin Luther
260(10)
Raymond Moloney, SJ
270(8)
Inquiring after God through Art
278(28)
Icon Painting, Architecture, Poetry
282(13)
Nicholas Wolterstorff
295(11)
Inquiring after God when at Prayer
306(31)
The Lord's Prayer
309(1)
St. Maximus Confessor
309(13)
Bishop Kallistos Ware
322(15)
Index 337

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