Belief: A Short History for Today by G. R. Evans

By G. R. Evans

This available booklet deals simply this sort of map. It presents a concise consultant to the conflicted background of Christian suggestion on such issues because the nature of God, unfastened will, evil, loss of life, the afterlife, and heaven. all through, Evans makes transparent the continued relevance of those debates to trendy believers. The ebook will entice Christian clergy and laity and also will make a great textual content for classes in Christian doctrine and apologetics.

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4–5 and 9–12: ‘many will come in my name and lead you astray’). These were to be testing times. 13). 1–12 contains Paul’s warning of the nearness of the end, in which he insists that that day cannot come before the last rebellion against God, when wickedness will be revealed in human form. The tension created in the Gospels is maintained in the Acts of the Apostles by a series of episodes where there are visits and other interventions from heaven. 7–10 Peter is rescued from prison by a visiting angel.

Some Platonist philosophers considered G ODN E S S 41 that ‘the Supreme’ must be above Being altogether, for ‘To Be’ seemed to them much too particular. 2 It appeared to lower God from that level of utter abstraction which they liked to think must separate the Highest and Best from all that is concrete or individual. 205–270) was such an absolutist on this point that he thought not even existence can be attributed to God. In a tradition which derived from this way of thinking, there were some attempts to adapt the Latin word esse (‘to be’) in the Middle Ages to allow it to express fine shades of being.

The modern ‘technical term’ for this is ‘inculturation’. In principle it excludes any form of merging in which the distinctive identity of one religion is lost, as happens in ‘syncretism’. But what is non-negotiable, and considered to be of the essence of Christian belief, has not always been the same. At one time a Christian would simply point to the book of Genesis. But there are many practising Christians today who do not believe that the story of creation told there can be taken literally. Charles Darwin (1809–82) caused a stir with his On the Origin of Species in the nineteenth century, but the theory of evolution is now hardly controversial.

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