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The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture: The Effect of Early Christological Controversies on the Text of he New Testament

In a study that explores the close relationship between the social history of early Christianity and the textual tradition of the emerging New Testament, Ehrman examines how early struggles between Christian “heresy” and “orthodoxy” affected the transmission of the documents over which, in part, the debates were waged. His thesis is that proto-orthodox scribes of the second and third centuries occasionally altered their sacred texts for polemical reasons…

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Topics: Theology & Religious Education. Ages: Adult. Resource Types: Books.

The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible

The Bible contains many passages that believers and nonbelievers alike would recognize as appalling theology. Whether these texts are used to discriminate, oppress, or condemn, they distort the truth of Christianity and cast doubt upon the love …

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Topics: Theology & Religious Education. Ages: Adult. Resource Types: Books.

Transforming the Stone: Preaching Through Resistance to Change

Most preachers wonder if their sermons have any real and lasting effect on those who hear them. Lundblad guides us toward a way of preaching that has the potential for being genuinely transformative.

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Tried for Heresy: A 21st Century Journey of Faith

Furlong’s journey of faith is a fascinating, if sad, story of his ordeal confronting the power of the church establishment. But he is in a noble company of those who know that orthodoxy, understood as “right or correct belief,” is not necessarily the truth once delivered to the saints and is in the vanguard of those seeking to develop a new paradigm of the Christian tradition.

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Topics: Theology & Religious Education. Ages: Adult. Resource Types: Books.

Uncovering Your Church’s Hidden Spirit

Parishioners today look to their congregations to feed their spiritual hunger. But many members and clergy are not sure how the words “congregation” and “spirituality” fit together. Author Celia Hahn interviewed 30 lay people and clergy from five Episcopal congregations to discover their stories of congregational spirituality and to help them identify the congregation’s gifts for spiritual development. Foreword by Tilden Edwards, executive director of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Direction. Study guide available for this book.

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So You Can’t Stand Evangelism? A Thinking Person’s Guide to Church Growth

Offers a strategy for thoughtful evangelism that welcomes people just as they are.

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Topics: Organizational Leadership & Development. Ages: Adult. Resource Types: Books.

Beyond Belief: The Secret Gospel of Thomas

In Beyond Belief, renowned religion scholar Elaine Pagels continues her groundbreaking examination of the earliest Christian texts, arguing for an ongoing assessment of faith and a questioning of religious orthodoxy. Spurred on by personal tragedy and new scholarship …

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Topics: Theology & Religious Education. Ages: Adult. Resource Types: Books.

LIVING FAITH-How Faith Inspires Social Justice

This book was conceived by the passion of the author to discover and share the living faith of “leaders in the twenty-first century who will guide us in our search for a more just world.” He is Professor of Reconciliation Studies at Bethel University in Saint Paul, Minnesota and has spent over twenty years of his life seeking to understand the essence of social justice and reconciliation.

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Leaving the Church-A Memoir of Faith

Anyone who is thinking about going to seminary; anyone that is thinking about leaving the church; anyone who is wondering why church has become so difficult; anyone who is wondering why good clergy are becoming more difficult to find; anyone who cares about the postmodern church; anyone who is trying to find a way to re-conceptualize their Christian faith so that it matches the reality of the twenty-first century-anyone interested in any of these things should read this book.

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Topics: Clergy/Ministry and Spiritual Exploration & Practice. Ages: Adult. Resource Types: Books.

Is God A Delusion?: A Reply To Religion’s Cultured Despisers

“Is God a Delusion?” addresses the philosophical underpinnings of the recent proliferation of popular books attacking religious beliefs. Focuses primarily on charges leveled by recent critics that belief in God is irrational and that its nature ferments violence Balances philosophical rigor and scholarly care with an engaging, accessible style Offers a direct response to the crop of recent anti-religion bestsellers currently generating considerable public discussion.

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