Theology The Basics

ISBN-10: 0470656751
ISBN-13: 9780470656754
Edition: 3rd 2011
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Book details

List price: $34.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/13/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

List of Illustrations
Preface
The Apostles' Creed
Getting Started
Introducing the Bible
Tradition
Creeds
Reason
The "handmaid": dialogue between theology and culture
Moving on ...
Faith
What is faith?
Can God's existence be proved?
Are these proofs of any use?
Faith is beyond reason but not contrary to reason
Faith and God's promises
Faith and doubt: the problem of suffering
Engaging with a text
God
Analogies in theology
God as father
A personal God
God as almighty
Engaging with a text
Creation
Creation in the Old Testament
The concept of creation "out of nothing"
Creation and dualism
Implications of the doctrine of creation
Models of God as creator
Humanity and creation: the "image of God"
Creation and natural theology
Creation and creationism
Engaging with a text
Jesus
Messiah
Lord
Son of God
Son of Man
God
Functional statements about Jesus
Early Christological models
The Council of Chalcedon
The incarnation and icons
Christ as mediator
Engaging with a text
Salvation
Pauline images of salvation
The problem of analogy: salvation as ransom
Theories of atonement
The cross as sacrifice
The cross as a victory
The cross and forgiveness
Salvation, sin, and Christ
Salvation, Christ, and the redeemed life
Engaging with a text
Spirit
Biblical models of the Holy Spirit
The debate over the divinity of the Holy Spirit
The filioque debate
The functions of the Spirit
Engaging with a text
Trtnity
Belief in the Trinity
A Trinitarian heresy: modalism
Visualizing the Trinity
The Trinity and the naming of God
Communicating the Trinity: hymns
The "social Trinity": Jurgen Moltmann
Engaging with a text
Church
The church: local or universal?
Only one church?
The catholicity of the church
The church: holy or just human?
The church as constituted by the Word of God
Pure or mixed body: what difference does it make?
Ministry within the church: the Second Vatican Council
Engaging with a text
Sacraments
What is a sacrament?
What do sacraments do?
What factors affect the effectiveness of sacraments?
Is infant baptism justified?
In what way, if any, is Christ present at the eucharist?
Engaging with a text
Heaven
The hope of heaven
An image of heaven: the New Jerusalem
The appearance of the human body in heaven
Heaven as an encounter with loved ones
Heaven and the worship of the church
Heaven and the millennium
The beatific vision: seeing God face to face
Engaging with a text
Moving On
Brief Glossary of Theological Terms
Details of Theologians Cited
Index

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