A dramatic tension confronts every Christian believer and interpreter of Scripture: on the one hand, we encounter images of God commanding and engaging in horrendous violence: one the other hand, we encounter the non-violent teachings and example of Jesus, whose loving, self-sacrificial death and resurrection is held up as the supreme revelation of God’s character in the New Testament. How do we reconcile the tension between these seemingly disparate depictions? Are they even capable of reconciliation? Throughout Christian history, many different answers have been proposed, ranging from the long-rejected explanation that these contrasting depictions are of two entirely different ‘gods’ to recent social and cultural theories of metaphor and narrative representation. The Crucifixion of the Warrior God takes up this dramatic tension and the range of proposed answers in an epic constructive investigation. Over two volumes, renowned theologian and biblical scholar Gregory A. Boyd argues that we must take seriously the full range of Scripture as inspired, including its violent depictions of God. At the same time, we must take just as seriously the absolute centrality of the crucified and risen Christ as the supreme revelation of God. Developing a theological interpretation of Scripture that he labels a “cruciform hermeneutic,” Boyd demonstrates how Scripture’s violent images of God are completely reframed and their violence subverted when they are interpreted through the lens of the cross and resurrection. Indeed, when read through this lens, Boyd argues that these violent depictions can be shown to bear witness to the same self-sacrificial character of God that was supremely revealed on the cross.
In 2002, St. Pope John Paul II added the Luminous Mysteries to the rosary, writing that ‘the whole mystery of Christ is a mystery of light. He is the “light of the world’” (Jn. 8:12). ILLUME is a contemplative reflection upon the Luminous Mysteries in the life of Jesus, written in a lectio divina key, inviting us to enter into the Uncreated Light of the Most Holy Trinity.
Godzilla, Mothra, and Gamera are all well-known kaiju in Japanese stories and movies. These strange creatures, often of enormous size, tend to bring chaos along with them wherever they go. Intruigingly enough, kaiju-like beings can be found throughout the Bible in creatures such as Leviathan, Rahab, and Behemoth. But what exactly are these beings? Are they mythical? Are they symbolic? Are they supernatural beings? Were they living creatures that existed long ago? Or do they still exist today, hidden from us? Can all of these questions even be concretely answered?Pastor Jamin Bradley takes the perspectives of many different scholars into account in attempts to help us find the real significance behind these creatures. This short experimental work is one part academic and one part artistry. Experience what happens when the full-color art of Asia is melded with deep Bible study in, Kaiju of Biblical Proportions.
If you read one book this year about the future of Christianity, then choose this book. Five hundred years ago the Protestant Reformation claimed the Bible as the authoritative guide for Christian living (“Sola Scriptura!” Only Scripture!). In this groundbreaking work, Emily Swan and Ken Wilson claim the authority of the church is shifting back to where it should be: in Jesus (Solus Jesus!). As co-founders of Blue Ocean Faith, Swan and Wilson are pioneering what it means to be post-evangelical—post-Protestant, even—in a time when such re-imagining is desperately needed. Solus Jesus not only grapples with the authority question in Christianity, but also provides a massive re-think of traditional atonement theories. Leaning on the work of René Girard, they conclude that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus together reveal a completely good, non-violent God who is on the side of the oppressed and scapegoated of this world. As a work of queer theology, the book is intersectional in its understanding of justice, and invites readers to reconsider our understanding of what it means to follow Jesus. This book is timely, to say the least. For Christians looking for guidance on how to address distressing issues of injustice; for help understanding how they can faithfully follow Jesus and love their neighbors as themselves; and for practices for how to experience the living Jesus and his Spirit of love—Solus Jesus is the book for you. “Born in a cauldron of faith and pain, Solus Jesus: A Theology of Resistance is a highly original, deeply provocative first stab at a post-evangelical, post-‘gay debate’ pastoral theology,” writes David P. Gushee, author of Changing Our Mind and Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University. “Drawing from personal experience and those who have long carved out theologies far from power, Swan and Wilson show how Solus Jesus can open a portal to the divine communion that is possible between all people,” writes Deborah Jian Lee, author of Rescuing Jesus: How People of Color, Women and Queer Christians are Reclaiming Evangelicalism. “Ken and Emily’s book is loving and courageous, compelling and convicting, scholarly and personal all at once. … This book held up a mirror to my heart, asking me to forsake my anxious need for certainty, to repent of all the rivalries that cripple me, and to rest again like a child, at the breast of a God in whose fierce and fearless love there is home for us all,” writes the Rev. Susan K. Bock of Grace Episcopal Church in Mount Clemens, Michigan. “Solus Jesus challenges us to see the authoritative Jesus in a fresh light, so that his life, message, death, and rising summon us to live in a new way as individuals and congregations,” writes Brian D. McLaren, author of The Great Spiritual Migration. “Around the world, tension and conflict are signaling a shift in our socio-political conditions. To remain relevant, Christianity must have a response to this moment. Grounding themselves in their lived experience, Ken and Emily are leaning into the conversation and offering a powerful response to the travails of our time. A must-read for Christians looking to discern where the Spirit is leading us in the 21st Century,” writes Rev. Mariama White-Hammond, AME Church Planter, Boston.
Author: William Barnes
Publisher: Tyndale House
Release Date: 2014-02-14
The Cornerstone Biblical Commentary series provides up-to-date, evangelical scholarship on the Old and New Testaments. Each volume is designed to equip pastors and Christian leaders with exegetical and theological knowledge to better understand and apply God's Word by presenting the message of each passage as well as an overview of other issues surrounding the text. The commentary series has been structured to help readers understand the meaning of Scripture, passage-by-passage, through the entire Bible. The New Living Translation is an authoritative Bible translation, rendered faithfully into today's English from the ancient texts by 90 leading Bible scholars. The NLT's scholarship and clarity breathe life into even the most difficult-to-understand Bible passages—but even more powerful are stories of how people's lives are changing as the words speak directly to their hearts. That's why we call it “The Truth Made Clear.” William Barnes (ThD, Harvard Divinity School) has worked extensively in the Historical books of the OT, published several commentaries and scholarly articles, and is a contributor to Biblica: The Bible Atlas. His interests include OT history and chronology as well as narrative and poetic structure and sequencing in the Hebrew Bible and the NT. He served as a member of the NLT Translation Team for 1–2 Kings.
What is God doing about a world marked by conflict and division? What about a world in which our technologies promise great good but also threaten our existence? What is God doing in a world where the demands for accumulation and acquisition create division and despair? Can Christians hope to be of positive influence in a world that does not always support, reflect, or even understand Christian commitments? Christian ethics often raises such questions as these, and the possible answers vary widely. Paul's Letter to the Ephesians is a tremendous resource for exploring a faithful response to perhaps the toughest question of all: what is God doing about evil? The role of Christian ethics is to take seriously the challenge that, whatever God is doing, God calls us to participate in a distinctive task that embraces our own commitments and labors within the divine purpose. Ephesians says that God has taken the initiative to pursue that purpose and, remarkably, offers that we ourselves are part of the answer to the question, what is God doing about evil?
Author: Yuval Noah Harari
Release Date: 2013-09-02
Krone der Schöpfung? Vor 100 000 Jahren war der Homo sapiens noch ein unbedeutendes Tier, das unauffällig in einem abgelegenen Winkel des afrikanischen Kontinents lebte. Unsere Vorfahren teilten sich den Planeten mit mindestens fünf weiteren menschlichen Spezies, und die Rolle, die sie im Ökosystem spielten, war nicht größer als die von Gorillas, Libellen oder Quallen. Vor 70 000 Jahren dann vollzog sich ein mysteriöser und rascher Wandel mit dem Homo sapiens, und es war vor allem die Beschaffenheit seines Gehirns, die ihn zum Herren des Planeten und zum Schrecken des Ökosystems werden ließ. Bis heute hat sich diese Vorherrschaft stetig zugespitzt: Der Mensch hat die Fähigkeit zu schöpferischem und zu zerstörerischem Handeln wie kein anderes Lebewesen. Anschaulich, unterhaltsam und stellenweise hochkomisch zeichnet Yuval Harari die Geschichte des Menschen nach und zeigt alle großen, aber auch alle ambivalenten Momente unserer Menschwerdung.
English summary: The inhabitation of God in man is reflected for Prostestant Theology. German description: In dieser Darstellung der Geschichte der Lehre von der Einwohnung (inhabitatio) Gottes im Menschen anhand ausgewahlter Entwurfe (Thomas von Aquin, Schleiermacher, Karl Rahner u.a.) kommt es zu einem Gesprach zwischen katholischer und evangelischer Theologie. Wahrend die katholische Dogmatik das Thema immer wieder behandelt, scheint durch die evangelische Theologie ein Bruch zu gehen: War die inhabitatio bis hin zu Schleiermacher ein zentrales Thema, so drangt die evangelische Dogmatik des ausgehenden 19. Jahrhunderts diese Frage an den Rand. Lehmkuhler untersucht die Grunde fur diese Entscheidung und pladiert fur eine Ruckbesinnung auf jenes zentrale Thema christlicher Theologie. Zudem erarbeitet er eine neue dogmatische Deutung des Wohnens Gottes im Menschen, in Aufnahme der pragnanten Formulierung Luthers: Fides facit personam, der Glaube macht die Person.
English summary: The third collection of Reinhard G. Kratz's Selected Essays is devoted to "myth" in the Hebrew Bible and contains material dealing with the tense relationship between biblical tradition and historical reality. While the first part (Myth and History in Biblical Scholarship) takes a research-history approach and introduces renowned scholars who have subjected the difference between tradition and history to a critical analysis, the two following parts offer examples from two areas of the Hebrew Bible. The second section is devoted to the Myth of God's Kingship and its transformation within the Psalms and the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Myth of God's People forms the third part. Here the essays concentrate on the background to the grasp of history and stories in the North-West Semitic inscriptions which illuminate the emergence of sacred history in the Hebrew Bible. German description: Der dritte Band der Kleinen Schriften von Reinhard G. Kratz ist dem Thema des Mythos in der Hebraischen Bibel gewidmet und enthalt Aufsatze, die um das spannungsvolle Verhaltnis zwischen biblischer Uberlieferung und historischer Realitat kreisen. Wahrend der erste ( Mythos und Geschichte in der Bibelwissenschaft ) forschungsgeschichtlich orientiert ist und namhafte Gelehrte vorstellt, die den Unterschied zwischen Uberlieferung und Geschichte einer kritischen Analyse unterzogen haben, bieten die beiden folgenden Teile Fallbeispiele aus zwei Bereichen der Hebraischen Bibel: Der zweite Teil ist dem Mythos vom Konigtum Gottes und seiner Transformation im Rahmen der Psalmen und der Schriften vom Toten Meer gewidmet. Im dritten Teil sind Beitrage zum Mythos vom Volk Gottes versammelt, die auf dem Hintergrund des Verstandnisses von Geschichte und Geschichten in nordwestsemitischen Inschriften die Konstruktion der heiligen Geschichte in der Hebraischen Bibel beleuchten.
Author: George E. Lowe
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Release Date: 2013-02-22
It is based on the inspiring definitions of the word introduction (1651): My actions of bringing in a newly weapon (since August 1945) brought into the world and to its process of the application in war and with an in-depth initiation in the knowledge of elementary instruction regarding Deterrents and Deterrence thereof, which leads to the knowledge or understanding of the impact of both fission and fusion nuclear weapons on war/politics/foreign policy/strategy and the fate of the Earth/Gaia/Gods Creation, thanks to my insights gained personally at Grove City College, the University of Chicago, U.S. Navy (Air Intelligence Officer) and State Department (Foreign Service Officer) and herewith presented as my introduction to the formal introduction of my halting, but determined attempts to deter a thermonuclear World War III and Armageddon too (1945-2012). Modified from Introduction (Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (Third Edition, 1959, p. 1036)