Toxic Spirituality : Four Enduring Temptations of Christian Faith

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  • Copyright: 2009-07-01
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress Pub
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Eric Gritsch, a renowned historian, a pastor, and a theologian for half a century, offers Christianity a reality check, exposing four historical movements that have weakened, and abused the core of the Christian tradition. These movements represent wayward views on the relationships between Christians and Jews; Between the authority of Scripture and tradition; Between the church and wordly power, and between faith and morals.

Author Biography

Eric W. Gritsch is Emeritus Professor of Church History at Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary, Pennsylvania. Among his many works are A History of Lutheranism (2002), Fortress Introduction to Lutheranism (1994), Lutheranism: The Theological Movement and Its Confessional Writings (with Robert W. Jenson, 1976), The Wit of Martin Luther (Facets), Thomas Mntzer: A Tragedy of Errors (1989), and the anthology Martin Luther: Faith in Christ and the Gospel (1996).

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Anti-Semitismp. 11
A History of Contemptp. 12
Apostolic Refutationp. 26
From Penance to Justicep. 36
Fundamentalismp. 45
The Path of Bibliolatryp. 46
Traditionalismp. 60
The Lesson of Originationp. 69
Triumphalismp. 85
Theocratic Dominancep. 85
Utopian Separatismp. 111
An Unholy Alliancep. 123
Back to the Futurep. 127
Moralismp. 131
Uniformityp. 132
Casuistryp. 139
Penultimate Christian Formationp. 149
A Catechismp. 151
Concluding Reflectionsp. 157
Abbreviationsp. 163
Notesp. 165
Bibliographyp. 183
Indexp. 193
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