Were the crusades entirely inexcusable religious wars? Was the Inquisition the bloody and sadistic "Black Legend" of popular imagination? How can we understand the goodness of God after two brutalising world wars?
In a refreshingly frank treatment of the Church's past failings, this book fills a gap in our understanding of what it is to be Christian in the twenty-first century.
By looking at major moral issues in the political decisions, actions and failures to act, of the twentieth century in the light of the tradition of the cardinal virtues (prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance), Hellwig's work explores the moral implications of the political life in our own times.
Levering introduces historically arranged texts from Christian saints and spiritual leaders describing the nature and value of marriage, offering counsel about how to live out marriage as part of a life of faith, or depicting their own experience of family life.
This volume has much to offer married couples, people preparing for marriage, and classroom study of marriage and family.
Kevin Carey's thorough exegesis and cutting commentary question the purpose and intent of the modern church. Examining the bible book by book, Carey demonstrates that the Church has betrayed its core message by failing to focus on the big issues of the bible and society, instead becoming myopic in its obsession with doctrinal minutiae.
Resistance and Theological Ethics collects the edited and updated essays that emerged from the meeting of the Theological Educators for Presbyterian Social Witness in Geneva, Switzerland and southern France in 1999. Inspired there by the sixteenth century forces of renewal unleashed through resistance to an imperial church and society, the writings of these educators and ethicists combine to sound a clarion call for the church to stand in resistance to social, economic and political forces that threaten—while embracing those that foster—social justice, peace and human welfare.
Each author emphasizes a specific call to nonviolent resistance against powers grounded in particular forms of sin: religious pride, greed, violence and domination. Divided into three parts, the book details social forces to be resisted, presents historical and biblical examples of resistance, and concludes with theological analysis and advocacy for action in contemporary American society.
Targeted killings have played a role in politics from ancient times through today, so the ethical challenges around how to protect against threats are not new. Himes leads readers through the ethics of targeted killings in history from ancient times to the contemporary Israeli-Palestinian conflict, then looks specifically at the new issues raised through the use of drones. This book is a powerful look at a pressing topic today.
It is the only book which
enables the reader a deep and comprehensive view of Islam as religion, practices
and a way of life.
Taking in consideration that
there are many books on variety of Islamic issues, still, this is almost the only
book that enables a comprehensive overview of Islam covering all of its
different aspects and sides. Besides, it explores profoundly the Islamic
practices and their argumentations towards women, violence, sex and many other
controversial issues around Islam.
It explores in a new and unique
way the Islamic rituals (especially the five prayers) in a way the exposes the
beauty and secrets of Sufism in its practical form, mixing between practice and
theory as it is felt and done by the leaders of Sufism in their most rightful
The book is meant to be an enchanting
art piece. Its layout and illustrations were innovated by German arts and
designers to provide the reader with enjoyable read experience.
It analysis also the motivations
and argumentations the terrorism considers in the name of Islam.
The variety of the topic
discussed in the book and the way of dividing and classifying them makes it a
good page turner.
Incorporating a dazzling array of artistic styles, convention-breaking use of language and sharply drawn characters, the series draws on its author’s experience of journalism, broadcasting and politics, and on his work as a lay minister in the Church of England. It is profound and funny, moving and edgy, setting out how we might better live together with more self-restraint and less regulation.
The Complete Edition contains all three volumes of the series: Perpetua, Unity, and Spirit.
Perpetua, a 19 year old girl from South London, says that she is God. She gathers a motley collection of followers and begins her travels, performing miracles and spreading her gospel of unconditional love along the way. Her message provokes a strong and ultimately lethal reaction from Christianity's warring factions, politicians and journalists bent on profit instead of the truth. Her story is told by four people: Jack, a tabloid journalist; Claire, a social worker; Beth, a media student; and Damian, a theology graduate and Church House intern.
Following the inexplicable murder and reappearance of Perpetua, her followers spread a gospel of unconditional love. Whilst struggling to deal with issues of freedom and uniformity, power and love, tension mounts. Set in two quintessentially British settings, they quickly discover that each follower is called to pay a price, from tedium to martyrdom. With the death of one of Perpetua’s most loyal supporters moments after uttering a revelatory accusation, they learn that obstacles come not only from outside their number, but from within.
The tranquil development of the Perpetuan movement is disrupted by Gregg, a former US Secret Service operative and charismatic sex maniac. He subverts Perpetua’s message in a series of aggressive emails, pushing the movement’s non-combative leadership to breaking point. After a series of bizarre and spectacular appearances, Gregg discredits himself and the movement, but is reconciled through the direct intervention of Perpetua. Can the movement survive the ordeal? The Third Testament ends with Damian’s apocalyptic vision and a new liturgy.