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The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions

Was Jesus born of a virgin? Did he know he was the Messiah? Was he bodily resurrected from the dead? Did he intentionally die to redeem humankind? Was Jesus God? Two leading Jesus scholars with widely divergent …

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

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.

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.

Imagining Progressive Religion, 1805-1900

This is the first of a three-volume history of American liberal theology. The second volume will deal with the social gospel and its Niebuhrian heyday, rightly describing Niebuhr’s view as a chastened species of liberal theology, and …

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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.

A New Christianity for A New World: Why Traditional Faith Is Dying and How a New Faith is Being Born

Christianity will not be a viable belief system for honest people in the contemporary world, writes John Shelby Spong, until it drops a few outmoded ideas–for instance, belief in a supernatural God who reveals Himself from outside creation.

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The Wounded Heart of God: The Asian Concept of Han and the Christian Doctrine of Sin

Traditional doctrines of sin and salvation center primarily on the moral agency of the sinner. Andrew Sung Park addresses the relational consequence of sin–the pervasive reality of victims’ suffering and the scar from the sins of others who have wronged them.

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The Priest’s Madonna

Based on a true story, The Priest’s Madonna tells the tale of the love relationship between Bérenger Saunière, a priest in the tiny French village of Rennes-le-Château, and his housekeeper and longtime companion, Marie Dénarnaud.

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An Introduction to A Radical Theology

Romanticism, Marxism, pre and post war German theology, non-realism and the nineteen sixties death of God movement, and now many contemporary writers around the world- they have all reshaped our ideas about God, giving it the rich diversity of experience and expression it comprises today. Tracing the history of the key idea in Western thought from its origins through to the present day, this is the story of the intellectual journey that remade God in the image of man, so that he might become one of us.

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Preaching without Contempt: Overcoming Unintended Anti-Judaism

Marilyn Salmon’s persuasive and practical work helps preachers to identify the ways that Christian preachers perpetuate the long tradition of Christian anti-Judaism. She situates the Gospels precisely as Jewish literature then addresses specific thorny issues that arise in preaching: supersessionism; portrayals of the Law; the Pharisees; the relationship between the Testaments; preaching the Passion; and misrepresentations of Judaism. Using examples from many sermons, she shows how to avoid the pitfalls of misportraying the people of Jesus.

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