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The remarkable diversity of Christianity during the formative years of thefirst three centuries has become a plain, even natural, "fact" for most ancienthistorians. But until now there has been no source book of primary texts thatreveals the varieties of Christian beliefs, practices, ethics, experiences,confrontations, and self-understandings. To help readers recognize andexperience the rich diversity of the early Christian movement, After the NewTestament provides a wide range of texts, both orthodox and heterodox, includingsuch works as the Apostolic Fathers, (e.g., 1 Clement), the writings of NagHammadi (e.g., the Apocryhon of John), early pseudepigrapha (e.g., the Gospel ofPeter), martyrologies (e.g., Perpetua), anti-Jewish tractates (e.g., fromTertullian), heresiologies (e.g., Irenaeus and the Gnostic Apocalypse of Peter),canon lists (e.g., the Muratorian Fragment), church orders (e.g., the ApostolicConstitutions), liturgical texts (the Didascalia), and theological treatises(e.g., Origen). In addition, rather than giving only fragments of texts, thiscollection provides large portions--entire documents whereverpossible--organized under social and historical rubrics.This unique reader's concise and informative introductions and clear andup-to-date English translations make it ideal for courses on the New Testament,Christian Origins, Early Church History, or Late Antiquity, as well as foranyone--student, teacher, pastor, layperson--interested in the gamut of earlyChristian literature from the period after the New Testament up to the writingsof the so-called father of church history, Eusebius.
Both Ched Myers and Elaine Enns work for Bartimaeus Ministries in California. Myers, the author of Binding the Strong Man and Who Will Roll Away the Stone?, focuses on building biblical literary, church renewal, and faith-based witness for justice. Enns has worked for twenty years in the field of restorative justice and conflict transformation. Book jacket.
Examines the role played by the Old Testament in the formation of early Christian thinking.
Was the taking of interest on loans considered to be sinful in the Bible? What is greed in the New Testament? What is the place of rich and poor in the kingdom of God? Does Jesus teach pacifism for his followers? The volume is divided into three parts: the first addressing the radical principles of personal finance, the second pertaining to the non-violent way of the cross, and the third looking briefly at specific ideas created to live out the meaning of the crucified life. The second part includes a chapter on practical approaches for peacemaking in relationships as well as a concordance of words in scripture related to pacifism intended to assist the reader in further study of the biblical text. In the application of radical Christianity, there are different dangers and pitfalls addressed by the author. The teaching of Jesus is intended to encourage a radical personal way of life. Jesus did not come to establish a political or economic system, but to transform the person, as he said: "the kingdom of God is within you" and "my kingdom is not of this world."
A Christian response to global realities of human inequality, poverty, violence and ecological destruction in the twenty-first century.
Sourcing the major traditions of progressive Christian social ethics social gospel liberalism, Niebuhrian realism, and liberation theology Gary Dorrien argues for the social-ethical necessity of social justice politics. In carefully reasoned essays, he focuses on three subjects: the ethics and politics of economic justice, racial and gender justice, and antimilitarism, making a constructive case for economic democracy, along with a liberationist understanding of racial and gender justice and an anti-imperial form of liberal internationalism. In Dorrien's view, the three major discourse traditions of progressive Christian social ethics share a fundamental commitment to transform the structures of society in the direction of social justice. His reflections on these topics feature innovative analyses of major figures, such as Walter Rauschenbusch, Reinhold Niebuhr, James Burnham, Norman Thomas, and Michael Harrington, and an extensive engagement with contemporary intellectuals, such as Rosemary R. Ruether, Katie Cannon, Gregory Baum, and Cornel West. Dorrien also weaves his personal experiences into his narrative, especially his involvement in social justice movements. He includes a special chapter on the 2008 presidential campaign and the historic candidacy of Barack Obama.
Does hell matter? Pastor Brian Jones wants readers to know the truth. Jones believes that the reason most Christians don’t tell their friends about Jesus has nothing to do with not knowing how—it’s because they don’t think they need to. As Jones writes, the first four years he was a pastor, he didn’t believe in hell himself. Today, he shares his story of discovering the truth that hell exists—and why many Christians are afraid to believe in it. Hell Is Real motivates Christians who have grown complacent in their view of hell. Drawing on the teachings of Jesus, Jones leads readers into a head-on collision with apocalyptic urgency—the all-consuming, inspiring conviction that will overcome readers when they realize that hell is real and they can help save people from going there.

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