Understanding Christian Doctrine

ISBN-10: 1405131535
ISBN-13: 9781405131537
Edition: 2008
Authors: Ian S. Markham
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Book details

List price: $43.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/10/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 244
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Markham provides an accessible and lively introduction to the central beliefs of Christianity, assuming no prior knowledge of theology and Christian doctrine. Many student-friendly features, with useful timelines, brief vignettes of major theologians, and a glossary are included.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Clarifying the Vantage Point
Finding a Way In
The Social Dimension
Why Bother with the Christian Worldview?
The Next Stage
The Theistic Claim
Natural Theology
Arguments for the Existence of God
The Design Argument
Contemporary Physics
Additional Arguments
Conclusion
The Nature of God
Alternative Approaches to Christian Doctrine
The Concept of God in the Hebrew Bible
The Classical Account of God
The Process Challenge
Between the Two Views
The Trinity
Sources
Biblical Roots of the Doctrine of the Trinity
Development of the Doctrine of the Trinity
Three Dangers in Interpreting the Trinity
Modern Accounts of the Trinity
Standing Back
Conclusion
The Problem of Evil and Suffering
The Reason Why Suffering and Evil Are a Problem
The Inadequacy of the Traditional Responses
Ivan's Question and Critique
Doctrine as the Christian Response
Creation and the Significance of Humanity
The Scientific Narrative
The Biblical Narrative
Reconciling Different Narratives
The Fall
Standing Back
God Incarnate
Reasons for the Doctrine of the Incarnation
New Testament Witness
Sorting It Out in the Early Church
Making Sense of the Incarnation Today
Dying to Sin, Living to Redemption
Biblical Roots of Atonement
Different Theories
Christ as Sacrifice
Christ Who Pays the Debt
Christ as Victor
Christ as Moral Example
Problems with Atonement
Moral Authority and Forgiveness
Conclusion
The Holy Spirit and the Church
Biblical Roots of the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
The Development of the Holy Spirit in the Early Church
The Work of the Holy Spirit Within the Church
The Work of the Holy Spirit Outside the Church
Ecclesiology
Biblical Images of the Church
Marks of the Church
Conclusion
Sacraments and the Life of Virtue
Definition of Sacraments
The Classical Roman Catholic Understanding
Reformation and Protestant Views
Standing Back
Religious Diversity: What is God up to?
Other Religions as a Problem
The Pluralist Hypothesis
Exclusivism
Inclusivism
Critical of the Categories
Moving the Debate Forward
Conclusion
Hope Beyond the Grave
Accounts of Life After Death in the Different Religions
The Christian Tradition
A Redeemed Creation
Conclusion
The End of the Age
The Scientific Account
The Fundamentalist Account
Standing Back
Participating in the Conversation
Participating in the Tradition
Internet Resources
Index

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