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The Liberating Image by J. Richard Middleton

Title The Liberating Image
Author J. Richard Middleton
Publisher Brazos Press
Release Date 2005-03-01
Category Religion
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9781587431104
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Offers a deeply informed take on a key Christian doctrine and its interpretation and relevance today.

A New Heaven And A New Earth by J. Richard Middleton

Title A New Heaven and a New Earth
Author J. Richard Middleton
Publisher Baker Academic
Release Date 2014-11-25
Category Religion
Total Pages 336
ISBN 9781441241382
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In recent years, more and more Christians have come to appreciate the Bible's teaching that the ultimate blessed hope for the believer is not an otherworldly heaven; instead, it is full-bodied participation in a new heaven and a new earth brought into fullness through the coming of God's kingdom. Drawing on the full sweep of the biblical narrative, J. Richard Middleton unpacks key Old Testament and New Testament texts to make a case for the new earth as the appropriate Christian hope. He suggests its ethical and ecclesial implications, exploring the difference a holistic eschatology can make for living in a broken world.

The Imago Dei by John T. Swann

Title The Imago Dei
Author John T. Swann
Publisher Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date 2017-07-07
Category Religion
Total Pages 210
ISBN 9781532604065
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The creation of humankind in the Image of God is perhaps the most foundational tenet of theological anthropology, yet it is rarely understood in the fullness of what it represents. Too often, focus is placed on the divine image as a condition. A study of the Scriptures suggests that it is better understood not as a condition, but rather as a commission of humanity to a role, specifically a priestly role. This book delves into the recognition that the Image of God is nothing less than a divine commission over all of humanity to serve as priests within the temple of creation. It examines not only the creation of humankind as a priesthood in the opening chapters of Genesis, but also the echoes of this anthropological interpretation throughout the Scriptures and the resulting ramifications for future biblical and theological studies.

Liberating Tradition Renewedminds by Kristina LaCelle-Peterson

Title Liberating Tradition RenewedMinds
Author Kristina LaCelle-Peterson
Publisher Baker Academic
Release Date 2008-04-01
Category Religion
Total Pages 254
ISBN 1441206159
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Kristina LaCelle-Peterson seeks both to affirm the central place of Scripture in the Christian life and to highlight the liberating nature of the gospel for both men and women. To do this the author considers the biblical ideal for human beings and then proceeds to offer a biblical foundation for each of the topics under discussion--identity, body image, personal relationships, marriage, church life, and language for God. Along the way she examines the cultural nature of gender roles and the ways in which they have become entangled with ecclesial expectations. This book will help women better appreciate themselves as women, gain a better understanding of their value in God's eyes, and recognize their potential for meaningful engagement in a variety of relationships and vocational callings.

Title In Search of Christ in Latin America
Author Samuel Escobar
Publisher Langham Publishing
Release Date 2019-11-30
Category Religion
Total Pages 368
ISBN 9781783686605
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Noted theologian Samuel Escobar offers a magisterial survey and study of Christology in Latin America. In Search of Christ in Latin America examines the figure of Jesus Christ in the context of Latin American culture, starting with the first Spanish influence in the sixteenth century and moving through popular religiosity and liberationist themes in Catholic and Protestant thought of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, culminating in an important description of the work of the Fraternidad Teológica Latinoamericana (FTL). Escobar provides theological, historical, and cultural analysis of Latin American understandings of Christ and places liberation theology within its social and revolutionary context. This book is an important step toward a rich understanding of the spiritual reality and powerful message of Jesus.

Title A Kairos Moment for Caribbean Theology
Author Garnett Roper
Publisher Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date 2013-08-12
Category Religion
Total Pages 242
ISBN 9781621898313
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The project of developing a contextual theology for the Caribbean was first articulated in the early 1970s in Trinidad and Jamaica. In the years since, many evangelical churches and theologians in the Caribbean have been ambivalent about the validity of this project, assuming that an emphasis on context was somehow antithetical to the pure gospel. But the crisis of the times, along with a more mature hermeneutic, has led to a re-evaluation of this assumption. Here a group of evangelical Caribbean theologians enter the discussion, with substantive proposals for how the gospel addresses the Caribbean context. They are joined by other theologians from mainline Protestant and Catholic traditions in the Caribbean. The result is an ecumenical dialogue on the diverse ways in which orthodox Christian faith may provide both challenge and hope for the Caribbean context. Half the essays in this volume were originally presented at the Forum on Caribbean Theology held in 2010 at the Jamaica Theological Seminary; the rest were invited especially for this volume.

Orthodoxy And Orthopraxis by Douglas R. Cullum

Title Orthodoxy and Orthopraxis
Author Douglas R. Cullum
Publisher Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date 2020-04-28
Category Religion
Total Pages 378
ISBN 9781532672583
Language English, Spanish, and French
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These essays--on matters biblical, theological, historical, and beyond--pay tribute to the multidisciplinary impact of Paul Livermore, founding faculty member and Professor Emeritus of Northeastern Seminary at Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY.

The Advent Of Justice by Brian J. Walsh

Title The Advent of Justice
Author Brian J. Walsh
Publisher Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release Date 2014-09-08
Category Religion
Total Pages 70
ISBN 9781725234994
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The Advent of Justice was first published in 1993 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the CJL Foundation and Citizens for Public Justice (CPJ). Responding to God's call for love, justice, and stewardship, the CJL Foundation and CPJ have been at the forefront of research and advocacy in areas such as poverty and unemployment, economics, and social justice, aboriginal rights, refugees, energy policy and the environment. The republication of The Advent of Justice celebrates more than 50 years of faithful witness for justice by CJL and CPJ. In this book of reflections, four friends come together to lead us more deeply into Advent as a time of profound hope for the coming of God's good kingdom of shalom while also a time of lament and anguish in the face of injustice.

Being Human In God S World by J. Gordon McConville

Title Being Human in God s World
Author J. Gordon McConville
Publisher Baker Books
Release Date 2016-08-16
Category Religion
Total Pages 240
ISBN 9781493404421
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A Biblical Perspective on What It Means to Be Human This major work by a widely respected Old Testament scholar and theologian unpacks a biblical perspective on fundamental questions of what it means to be human. J. Gordon McConville explores how a biblical view of humanity provides a foundation for Christian reflection on ethics, economics, politics, and church life and practice. The book shows that the Old Testament's view of humanity as "earthed" and "embodied" plays an essential part in a well-rounded Christian theology and spirituality, and applies the theological concept of the "image of God" to all areas of human existence.

Truth Is Stranger Than It Used To Be by J. Richard Middleton

Title Truth Is Stranger Than It Used to Be
Author J. Richard Middleton
Publisher InterVarsity Press
Release Date 1995-06-05
Category Religion
Total Pages 250
ISBN 0830818561
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

J. Richard Middleton and Brian J. Walsh offer an introduction, evaluation and response to postmodern culture that comes straight from the heart of the gospel.

In Search Of The Christ Sophia by Jann Aldredge-Clanton

Title In Search of the Christ Sophia
Author Jann Aldredge-Clanton
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2004-01
Category Religion
Total Pages 210
ISBN 1571687874
Language English, Spanish, and French
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?A ground-breaking book that integrates Sophia, the female personification of God, into all aspects of Christian theology and life. . . . a ?must? book for all concerned with an inclusive theology and church.??Rosemary Radford Ruether Georgia Harkness Professor of Theology Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary Author of Women and Redemption: A Theological HistoryJann Aldredge-Clanton presents powerful biblical and theological support for a Divine Feminine image buried in Christianity. The popularity of Dan Brown?s The Da Vinci Code demonstrates the widespread hunger for the lost Sacred Feminine. In Search of the Christ-Sophia resurrects Sophia (Wisdom) and connects Her to Jesus Christ.Aldredge-Clanton combines theological scholarship with pastoral sensitivity to demonstrate that a christology inclusive of both female and male, though risky, is vital to liberation and equality. She uncovers the New Testament links between Christ and Wisdom (Sophia), a feminine symbol of deity in the Hebrew Scriptures. She applies the theology of Christ-Sophia to contemporary spirituality, social justice ministry, and the restructuring of the Christian community. This book also contains services, prayers, litanies, reflections, and songs that can be used for personal meditation or communal worship.With a clear and concise style accessible to general readers and theology students, In Search of the Christ-Sophia creates a challenging new agenda for all Christians and their churches.

Abraham S Silence by J. Richard Middleton

Title Abraham s Silence
Author J. Richard Middleton
Publisher Baker Academic
Release Date 2021-10-19
Category Religion
Total Pages 272
ISBN 0801098017
Language English, Spanish, and French
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It is traditional to think we should praise Abraham for his willingness to sacrifice his son as proof of his love for God. But have we misread the point of the story? Is it possible that a careful reading of Genesis 22 could reveal God was not pleased with Abraham's silent obedience? Widely respected biblical theologian, creative thinker, and public speaker J. Richard Middleton suggests we have misread and misapplied the story of the binding of Isaac and shows that God desires something other than silent obedience in difficult times. Middleton focuses on the ethical and theological problem of Abraham's silence and explores the rich biblical tradition of vigorous prayer, including the lament psalms, as a resource for faith. Middleton also examines the book of Job in terms of God validating Job's lament as "right speech," showing how the vocal Job provides an alternative to the silent Abraham. This book provides a fresh interpretation of Genesis 22 and reinforces the church's resurgent interest in lament as an appropriate response to God.

Title In Search of Christ in Latin America
Author Samuel Escobar
Publisher InterVarsity Press
Release Date 2019-05-21
Category Religion
Total Pages 384
ISBN 9780830889914
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Noted theologian Samuel Escobar offers a magisterial survey and study of Christology in Latin America. Presented for the first time in English, this rich resource starts with the first Spanish influence and moves through popular religiosity and liberationist themes in Catholic and Protestant thought of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, culminating in an important description of the work of the Latin American Theological Fraternity.

Dignity And Destiny by John F. Kilner

Title Dignity and Destiny
Author John F. Kilner
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Release Date 2015-01-08
Category Religion
Total Pages 414
ISBN 9781467443111
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Misunderstandings about what it means for humans to be created in God's image have wreaked devastation throughout history -- for example, slavery in the U. S., genocide in Nazi Germany, and the demeaning of women everywhere. In Dignity and Destiny John Kilner explores what the Bible itself teaches about humanity being in God's image. He discusses in detail all of the biblical references to the image of God, interacts extensively with other work on the topic, and documents how misunderstandings of it have been so problematic. People made according to God's image, Kilner says, have a special connection with God and are intended to be a meaningful reflection of him. Because of sin, they don't actually reflect him very well, but Kilner shows why the popular idea that sin has damaged the image of God is mistaken. He also clarifies the biblical difference between being God's image (which Christ is) and being in God's image (which humans are). He explains how humanity's creation and renewal in God's image are central, respectively, to human dignity and destiny. Locating Christ at the center of what God's image means, Kilner charts a constructive way forward and reflects on the tremendously liberating impact that a sound understanding of the image of God can have in the world today.

Title Christian Theology and the Status of Animals
Author R. McLaughlin
Publisher Springer
Release Date 2014-02-13
Category Social Science
Total Pages 202
ISBN 9781137344588
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The author argues that there are conflicting traditions with regard to the question of what is the moral standing of animals according to Christianity. The dominant tradition maintains that animals are primarily resources but there are alternative strands of Christian thought that challenge this view.

Chaos And Grace by Mark Galli

Title Chaos and Grace
Author Mark Galli
Publisher Baker Books
Release Date 2011-10-01
Category Religion
Total Pages 192
ISBN 9781441234308
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

It's no secret that we are addicted to control. We work to control our time, our TVs, our weight, and even our faith lives. We strive for efficiency and quantifiable results. But all that control, we soon find out, is exhausting. And it is contrary to God's plan for us. In Chaos and Grace, Mark Galli offers readers freedom from the need for control and order by reintroducing them to the mysterious work of the Holy Spirit. In this insightful book, Galli exposes our individual mistakes and the church's foibles and points the way to grace--which, as it happens, usually lies through chaos and crisis. Through Scripture he shows us that this problem is not unique to modern believers and helps us learn from the stories of God's people through the ages as they gave up and gave in to the transforming work of the Holy Spirit.

Liberating Tradition by Kristina LaCelle-Peterson

Title Liberating Tradition
Author Kristina LaCelle-Peterson
Publisher Baker Academic
Release Date 2008-04-01
Category Religion
Total Pages 253
ISBN 9780801031793
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Offers a clear perspective on the issues Christian women face in the twenty-first century and shows how the Bible is a liberating and enriching book for women.

Dignity And Destiny by John F. Kilner

Title Dignity and Destiny
Author John F. Kilner
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Release Date 2015-01-08
Category Religion
Total Pages 414
ISBN 9780802867643
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Misunderstandings about what it means for humans to be created in God's image have wreaked devastation throughout history -- for example, slavery in the U. S., genocide in Nazi Germany, and the demeaning of women everywhere. In Dignity and Destiny John Kilner explores what the Bible itself teaches about humanity being in God's image. He discusses in detail all of the biblical references to the image of God, interacts extensively with other work on the topic, and documents how misunderstandings of it have been so problematic. People made according to God's image, Kilner says, have a special connection with God and are intended to be a meaningful reflection of him. Because of sin, they don't actually reflect him very well, but Kilner shows why the popular idea that sin has damaged the image of God is mistaken. He also clarifies the biblical difference between being God's image (which Christ is) and being in God's image (which humans are). He explains how humanity's creation and renewal in God's image are central, respectively, to human dignity and destiny. Locating Christ at the center of what God's image means, Kilner charts a constructive way forward and reflects on the tremendously liberating impact that a sound understanding of the image of God can have in the world today.

Liberating The Bible by Thomas Calnan Sorenson

Title Liberating the Bible
Author Thomas Calnan Sorenson
Publisher Archway Publishing
Release Date 2015-10-27
Category Religion
Total Pages 688
ISBN 9781480809987
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Liberating the Bible offers readers a handbook to help them make their way through a front-to-back exploration of the riches contained in the Bible. Thomas Calnan Sorenson blends scholarship with a down-to-earth presentation in a survey of the Bible that uncovers the basics of its many books and reveals the persuasive power of its messages to nurture faith, expand understanding, and deepen connections to God. Liberating the Bible organizes its guidance into three parts. In Approaching the Bible, eleven stops on the tour investigate the basics of the Bible, its status in the church, methods for reading and interpreting it, and the grounding of its claims. The second part, The Old Testament, groups the books of this testament and covers over sixteen stops. Each of the stops delves into a book or cluster of books, examining historical background, organization, key passages, and distinctive themes and messages. The third part, The New Testament, provides similar guidance while making eleven stops along the way. If you are one of the millions who have a Bible--or several--on your nightstand, but find yourself confused or intimidated by its size and scope, then this guidebook offers its companionship. It promises to serve as a seasoned and knowledgeable resource to consult as you make your trip through the Bible. It will help you find a deeper faith and stronger ties to God through the Bibles powerful witness.

Title The Imago Dei as Human Identity
Author Ryan S. Peterson
Publisher Penn State Press
Release Date 2016-02-18
Category History
Total Pages 208
ISBN 9781575064345
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Theologians and Old Testament scholars have been at odds with respect to the best interpretation of the imago Dei. Theologians have preferred substantialistic (e.g., image as soul or mind) or relational interpretations (e.g., image as relational personhood) and Old Testament scholars have preferred functional interpretations (e.g., image as kingly dominion). The disagreements revolve around a number of exegetical questions. How do we best read Genesis 1 in its literary, historical, and cultural contexts? How should it be read theologically? How should we read Genesis 1 as a canonical text? This book charts a path through these disagreements by offering a dogmatically coherent and exegetically sound canonical interpretation of the image of God. Peterson argues that the fundamental claim of Genesis 1:26–28 is that humanity is created to image God actively in the world. “Made in the image of God” is an identity claim. As such, it tells us about humanity’s relationship with God and the rest of creation, what humanity does in the world, and what humanity is to become. Understanding the imago Dei as human identity has the further advantage of illuminating humanity’s ontology. Canonically, knowledge of the contours and purpose of human existence develops alongside God’s self-revelation. Tracing this development, Peterson demonstrates the coherence of the OT and NT texts that refer to the image of God. In the NT, Jesus Christ is understood as the realization of God’s image in the world and therefore the fulfillment of the description of humanity’s identity in Genesis 1. In addition to its specific focus on resolving interdisciplinary tensions for Christian interpretation of the imago Dei, the argument of the book has important implications for ethics, the doctrine of sin, and the doctrine of revelation.