Category: Christian Denominations Sects

The Orthodox Way by Kallistos Ware

By Kallistos Ware

This publication is a normal account of the doctrine, worship and lifetime of Orthodox Christians via the writer of the now vintage The Orthodox Church. It increases the elemental problems with theology: God is hidden but published; the matter with evil; the character of salvation; the that means of religion; prayer; loss of life and what lies past. In so doing, it is helping to fill the necessity for contemporary Orthodox catechism. but this ebook isn't a trifling guide, a dry-as-dust repository of data. during the publication, Bishop Kallistos Ware exhibits the that means of Orthodox doctrine for the lifetime of the person Christian. Doctrinal matters are obvious no longer as summary propositions for theological debate yet as affecting the entire of lifestyles. A wealth of texts drawn from theologians and non secular writers of every age accompanies Bishop Kallistos' presentation. They, too, demonstrate Orthodoxy not only as a procedure of ideals, practices and customs yet certainly because the manner.

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Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought: by Terryl L. Givens

By Terryl L. Givens

During this first quantity of his magisterial research of the principles of Mormon inspiration and perform, Terryl L. Givens bargains a sweeping account of Mormon trust from its founding to the current day. Situating the rather new circulate within the context of the Christian culture, he finds that Mormonism keeps to alter and grow.

Givens indicates that regardless of Mormonism's origins in a biblical tradition strongly stimulated via nineteenth-century Restorationist suggestion, which endorsed a go back to the Christianity of the early Church, the hot stream diverges noticeably from the Christianity of the creeds. Mormonism proposes its personal cosmology and metaphysics, within which human id is rooted in a premortal international as everlasting as God. Mormons view mortal existence as an enlightening ascent instead of a catastrophic fall, and reject conventional Christian innovations of human depravity and future. well known fascination with Mormonism's social options, resembling polygamy and communalism, and its supernatural and esoteric elements-angels, gold plates, seer stones, a brand new international backyard of Eden, and sacred undergarments-have lengthy overshadowed the truth that it's the so much enduring or even thriving fabricated from the 19th century's non secular upheavals and innovations.

Wrestling the Angel lines the basic contours of Mormon concept from the time of Joseph Smith and Brigham younger to the modern LDS church, illuminating either the seminal impression of the founding iteration of Mormon thinkers and the numerous advancements within the church over nearly two hundred years. the main accomplished account of the advance of Mormon inspiration ever written, Wrestling the Angel should be crucial examining for a person looking to comprehend the Mormon faith.

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By Elmer L. Towns

Is the “Denominational period” in American Protestantism coming to an abrupt finish? Have the mainline denominations with their faculties, seminaries, publishing operations, venture forums, and “programs” been displaced in want of super-aggressive self sustaining church buildings, dynamic pastors, and greatest use of lay management skills? Elmer L. cities, deep within the new move, makes an incredibly powerful case of the concept that the heyday of the denomination is lifeless just because the massive autonomous church not just can do all of the denomination does, it does it greater. Dr. cities writes with take pleasure in of the good fortune of the autonomous church buildings, yet one suspects his reason isn't easily that of attacking the denominations; the e-book calls the denominations to account in a lot an analogous manner that the previous testomony prophets mentioned the issues of the society of the day.

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The Freedom of Morality by Christos Yannaras, Chrestos Giannaras, Elizabeth Briere

By Christos Yannaras, Chrestos Giannaras, Elizabeth Briere

This significant Orthodox contribution to the learn of "ethics" takes as its element of departure the concept that of "hypostasis" or "person," not just as this is often offered within the theology of the Greek Fathers but in addition because it is skilled within the worship, ascetical existence and paintings of the Orthodox Church. during this viewpoint, morality is obvious now not as "an goal degree for comparing personality and behaviour, however the dynamic reaction of non-public freedom to the existential fact and authenticity of man." the writer states that "freedom includes with it the last word probability of taking accurately this threat: that guy should still deny his personal existential fact and authenticity, and alienate and deform his life, his being." What we name the morality of guy is the way in which he pertains to this event of his freedom. Morality unearths what guy is in precept, because the photo of God, but additionally what he turns into in the course of the event of his freedom: a being remodeled, or "in the likeness of God."

The writer: Christos Yannaras, a number one Greek theologian and professor, is the writer of greater than a dozen books on ethics, theology, and glossy spiritual philosophy.

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Mennonite Women in Canada: A History by Marlene Epp

By Marlene Epp

Female voices are infrequent within the old checklist of the Mennonites. however, Mennonite ladies have been influential in shaping Mennonite and Canadian society. Mennonite girls in Canada, the first complete heritage of Mennonite girls, lines their position during the last 2 hundred years.
     Marleen Epp explores women's roles in the contexts of immigration, kin, church lifestyles, paintings, schooling, and social lifestyles. evaluating how Mennonites dictate women's "place" inside of society with how ladies truly behave, Epp unearths a contradiction among behavioral beliefs and practicalities. additionally, women's responses to dictates approximately their right position fluctuate generally, unsettling a transparent delineation in their roles.
    utilizing diaries, oral histories, genealogies, and memoirs, Epp offers a desirable tale of Canadian Mennonite ladies that merits to be learn by means of men and women everywhere.

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"A Peculiar People": Anti-Mormonism and the Making of by J. Spencer Fluhman

By J. Spencer Fluhman

Even though the U.S. structure promises the unfastened workout of faith, it doesn't specify what counts as a faith. From its founding within the 1830s, Mormonism, a homegrown American religion, drew millions of converts yet way more critics. In "A bizarre People", J. Spencer Fluhman deals a finished background of anti-Mormon concept and the linked passionate debates approximately spiritual authenticity in nineteenth-century the USA. He argues that figuring out anti-Mormonism offers serious perception into the yankee psyche simply because Mormonism turned a effective image round which rules approximately faith and the country took form.
Fluhman files how Mormonism was once defamed, with assaults usually geared toward polygamy, and indicates how the hot religion provided a social enemy for a public agitated by means of the preferred press and wracked with social and fiscal instability. Taking the tale to the flip of the century, Fluhman demonstrates how Mormonism's personal differences, the results of either selection and outdoors strength, sapped the energy of the worst anti-Mormon vitriol, triggering the popularity of Utah into the Union in 1896 and in addition paving the best way for the dramatic, but nonetheless grudging, recognition of Mormonism as an American religion.

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Eastern Christianity in the modern Middle East by Anthony O'Mahony, Emma Loosley

By Anthony O'Mahony, Emma Loosley

The center East is the birthplace of Christianity and the house to a few japanese church buildings with thousands of fans. This booklet presents a complete survey of a few of the denominations within the smooth heart East and should be of curiosity to a wide selection of students and scholars learning theology, background and politics.

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The Mormon Hierarchy: Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn

By D. Michael Quinn

 The Mormon church this day is led through an elite crew of older males, approximately three-quarters of whom are regarding present or previous common church specialists. This dynastic hierarchy meets in inner most; neither its mins nor the church’s funds can be found for public evaluation. participants are reassured by means of public kin spokesmen that each one is definitely and that concord prevails between those brethren.

But via interviewing former church aides, reading hundreds of thousands of diaries, and drawing from his personal prior adventure as an insider in the Latter-day Saint historic division, D. Michael Quinn provides a fuller view. His broad examine records how the governing apostles, seventies, and presiding bishops usually are at loggerheads, up to united. those strong-willed, self sustaining men–like administrators of a giant company or superb courtroom justices–lobby between their colleagues, forge alliances, out-maneuver rivals, and dealer compromises.

There is extra: clandestine political actions, investigative and punitive activities via church safety forces, own “loans” from church coffers (later written off as undesirable debts), and different privileged power-vested actions. Quinn considers the altering function and perspective of the management towards visionary stories, the momentous occasions that have formed quorum protocol and doctrine, and day by day bureaucratic intrigue from the time of Brigham younger to the sunrise of the twenty-first century.

The hierarchy turns out at root well-intentioned or even now and then competitive in pleasing its said accountability, that is to expedite the second one Coming. the place they've got develop into confident that God has spoken, they've got put aside own transformations, provided unqualified aid, and spoken with a unified voice. This capability for switch, whilst coupled with the tempering impact of competing viewpoints, is anything Quinn reveals encouraging approximately Mormonism. yet one will not be think that those males are infallible or paintings in whatever impending uninterrupted unanimity.

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Modern Judaism by Dan Cohn-Sherbok (auth.)

By Dan Cohn-Sherbok (auth.)

Since the post-Enlightenment, Jews have fragmented right into a number of sub-groups, every one with their very own spiritual ideology. This e-book presents an outline in addition to a critique of those numerous Jewish non secular teams and provides another version of Judaism in line with an review of the character of latest Jewish existence. As should be visible, glossy Jews are deeply divided on a wide selection of concerns. Given this example, no uniform development of Jewish lifestyles might be imposed from above, neither is it prone to emerge from in the physique of Israel. what's required as an alternative is a philosophy of Jewish autonomy which legitimizes Jewish subjectivity and private decision-making. This philosophy of Judaism - that is spoke of during this learn as 'Open Judaism' - offers a brand new origin for Jewish lifestyles as Jews stand at the threshold of the 3rd millennium.

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