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Reclaiming Faith

Author: Ephraim Radner
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
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"The essays in this volume together commend the usefulness of traditional Christian language and doctrine for articulating the gospel today. Taking as their point of departure the Baltimore Declaration, a manifesto made by a group of Episcopal priests in 1991; the "post-liberal" theologians contributing to Reclaiming Faith explore such issues as the exclusivity of salvation in Christ, the proper limit to doctrinal reformulation, the authoritative forms of biblical language, and the nature of the church community as a confessing body of Christians."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Souled Out

Author: E. J. Dionne Jr.
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The religious and political winds are changing. Tens of millions of religious Americans are reclaiming faith from those who would abuse it for narrow, partisan, and ideological purposes. And more and more secular Americans are discovering common ground with believers on the great issues of social justice, peace, and the environment. In Souled Out, award-winning journalist and commentator E. J. Dionne explains why the era of the Religious Right--and the crude exploitation of faith for political advantage--is over. Based on years of research and writing, Souled Out shows that the end of the Religious Right doesn't signal the decline of evangelical Christianity but rather its disentanglement from a political machine that sold it out to a narrow electoral agenda of such causes as opposition to gay marriage and abortion. With insightful portraits of leading contemporary religious figures from Rick Warren and Richard Cizik to John Paul II and Benedict XVI, Dionne shows that our great religions have always preached a broad message of hope for more just human arrangements and refused to be mere props for the powers that be. Dionne also argues that the new atheist writers should be seen as a gift to believers, a demand that they live up to their proclaimed values and embrace scientific and philosophical inquiry in a spirit of "intellectual solidarity." Written in the tradition of Reinhold and H. Richard Niebuhr, Souled Out will help change how we think and talk about religion and politics in the post-Bush era.


Reclaiming Faith

Author: Michael Coren
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Christianity is often seen as conservative and complacent, and Christians as being obsessed with single issues such as abortion and sexuality, as saying no rather than yes. To put it bluntly, the perception of the Christian faith in North America and much of Europe is overwhelmingly negative. For the past five years Michael Coren has written articles and columns in all of Canada's major newspapers and magazines trying to reclaim the Christian faith, and to present it in its genuine, vibrant, and liberating form. The baby born, the man who lived, the Messiah who was killed, the God who rose again, and spent most of His time with the very sort of people who today would be held behind walls, abused as threats, used as political pawns by those who see power as a means to reassuring the comfortable instead of challenging the complacent and repairing the kingdom. Jesus the worker, Jesus fleeing war and fear for a better place, Jesus the lonely, Jesus the homeless, Jesus the teenager thrown out of His home because of His sexuality, Jesus the victim beaten in the side street because He looks and dresses strangely and differently, Jesus on strike for a living wage, Jesus in the camp for those whose lives have been destroyed by wars often started by alleged Christians in the West, Jesus the destitute, suffering, torn and wounded. This is the meaning of the faith Coren is presenting and trying to reclaim in this book.


Reclaiming Spirit in the Black Faith Tradition

Author: D. Hicks
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This work attempts to uncover the function of religion for those degraded on the basis of race. Accordingly, Recalibrating Spirit reveals the role of religion in critical reflection on and active protest against negative assertions about racial identity in general, and the abuse of black life in particular.


Blessed at the Broken Places

Author: J. Marshall Jenkins, Ph.d.
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This vital resource shows how the Beatitudes address the paradox of living through suffering on the way to joy. It helps you recognize Jesus as a fellow struggler who meets you in your suffering, offering and embodying life and hope. It features engaging spiritual practices and discussion questions for use by individuals or in groups.


Reclaiming Home

Author: Krista Gilbert
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Are you watching as your family spins out of control? Are you pulled in so many directions that you aren’t doing anything well? We live in an era when children often know more about their electronic devices than their own family history, parents invest more time in the carpool line than at the dinner table, and marriages teeter on the cliff of neglect. "Reclaiming Home" offers families creative, life-changing solutions to these modern day dilemmas. Learn how to throw small pebbles of intentional actions into daily life to create a mountain on which your family can stand for generations. *Reclaim and master your chaotic schedule, creating room to breathe. *Reclaim traditions that will ignite family identity. *Reclaim the sizzle that keeps romance alive in a marriage. *Reclaim the hypnotic influence media is having over your children. *Reclaim a work ethic in children that will impact their future success. *Reclaim peace and meaningful connections around the family dinner table. *Reclaim a family legacy that will offer children a place to call home.


A God Beyond Belief

Author: Lance Moore
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Our troubled and unmoored culture needs to reclaim God from the extremists, scoffers and fundamentalists; the key is found in moving beyond a simplistic childish belief to a "quantum faith" --by embracing paradox.


Reclaiming the Faith Sermons by a Liberal Christian Wil Bailey

Author: Carlos Davis
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Wil preached that we are all embraced by the unbounded everlasting love of God. With a twinkle in his eye, he often said that he stole that right out of the Bible. Hopefully, this collection of his sermons will continue that process of acceptance, liberation, and love.


Reclaiming Religion from the Church

Author: Frank Canatella
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The first rule of life is "survive." And since we are necessarily social we must add the corollary, "together." All "oughts" derive from this two-part rule. Most of us understand this intuitively if not explicitly. The only issue to be resolved is how inclusive is our togetherness. Is it just our tribe, our nation, the northern hemisphere? Or, must we include the whole human family? These are the moral issues we must answer and they are empirical questions. Behavior has consequences. We have to ask ourselves, "Will such and such behaviors promote survival?" The answer can only come from the experience of the community. Present demographics will not allow us to elude the question much longer. Church rules can be faulted on a number of counts, not the least of which is that God gave us the rules so they can't change, even when experience indicates that they should. Also, the church leaders think the purpose of the rules is to save our souls and so our life here has been seriously neglected in many respects especially for the poor and the underclass because everything is supposed to be made right in the hereafter. This I regard as backward. It affirms those who oppress the poor. Scientists make inferences from empirical data and the results are always subject to revision. Church officials make inferences from myths and they are set in stone. A good example is the doctrine of Original Sin that is presented as an occult event that causes all our problems and about which we can do nothing. The church approved of slavery for the better part of two millennia because it was in place when the church was created and St. Augustine justified it as one of the punishments resulting from Original Sin. Clearly, our problem is ignorance, the kind we are born with and the kind we acquire through learning falsely. I call this Ignorance II after Gregory Bateson's Learning II (learning how to learn). Ignorance II is a learning dead end, learning how not to learn. We very obviously do not always know how to act in our own best interests. Our best chance of breaking out of this mold is through sharing the best of our communal experience to discover how to act in our own best inerests in the long run. This is how to develop a proper morality, one we can all live with. With a superior organization in place the church is positioned to unite us in the task of developing a proper morality. However, the church as presently structured can only evolve by backing into the future. It claims to already know everything that is necessary to know so it has difficulty learning, thus denying it's human origin and makeup. To change, the church requires a "spin" on history that demonstrates a development and continuity with the past instead of just saying, "We have been wrong." The People of God, the true Church, show signs of reclaiming religion through various dissident groups. These groups do not yet recognize the intimate connection between morality and survival. My hope is that this book will guide them toward that recognition.


RetroChristianity

Author: Michael J. Svigel
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Evangelicalism is in trouble. Surveying the modern evangelical landscape, professor Michael Svigel asks, “Why does evangelicalism appear to be spinning out of control, losing appeal to younger generations, dwindling in numbers, or selling out to pop culture to muster a crowd?” He seeks to answer this question by looking to the past—to a Retro Christianity. Calling for a return to evangelicalism’s historical and theological roots, Svigel begins by addressing some of present-day evangelicalism’s problems and explores what can be done to help churches regain a healthy perspective on doctrine. He then gives practical examples of what establishing a biblical, historical, and theologically sound foundation will mean for Christians as they think through aspects of church life and worship. As the numbers of those confused or disenchanted with evangelicalism continue to grow, Svigel’s book meets a timely need and will benefit many readers with his balanced argument for preserving the evangelical faith.