This volume brings together respected biblical scholars to evaluate the turn toward "empire criticism" in recent New Testament scholarship. While praising the movement for its deconstruction of Roman statecraft and ideology, the contributors also provide a salient critique of the anti-imperialist rhetoric pervading much of the current literature.
In this book Philip J. Sampson dispels six myths about Christianity and Western civilization and results in unsettling conven-tional wisdom and providing an enlightening look at truth.
James A. Herrick offers an intellectual history of the New Religious Synthesis, examining the challenges it poses to Judeo-Christian tradition, demonstrating its sources and manifestations in contemporary culture, and questioning its acceptance in church and society.
Phillip E. Johnson pries the lid off public debate about issues at the core of what contemporary society deems true and meaningful. He outlines the questions we ought to be asking about scientific inquiry, public education, civil liberties, moral choices and other oddly uncontested cultural assumptions.
Students, pastors and thoughtful Christians will benefit from this rich resource. The first in a three-volume work, Brown's easy-to-read, hard-to-put-down introduction to Christianity and Western thought focuses on developments from the ancient world to the Age of Enlightenment.
Building on the works of David Bosch, Lesslie Newbigin and others, Ross Hastings delivers a comprehensive theology of mission founded on the trinitarian doctrine of God and a "defiant optimism" about the possible re-evangelization of the Western world.
Recognizing that tyranny takes on secular as well as traditional guises, Os Guinness seeks a return to the first principles of religious and political freedom. Hearkening back to the "soul liberty" of English Puritan Roger Williams, Guinness argues that a society's greatest bulwark against abuse lies in its people's freedom of conscience.
Culling evidence from Christian thinkers ranging from Irenaeus and Augustine to de Lubac and Bonhoeffer, Jens Zimmermann invokes an ancient tradition of Christian humanism to breathe life into the cultural malaise of the postmodern West.
Is society beyond all hope of redemption as the Christian faith seems more and more irrelevant in our modern world? In Renaissance, Os Guinness declares that the church can once again change the world and become a renewing power in our society if we answer the call to a new Christian renaissance.
Drawing on the work of cultural analysts like Lesslie Newbigin, Richard John Neuhaus and Charles Taylor, Philip W. Eaton proposes an alternative idea of Christian higher education that aims to equip students for responsible engagement in our post-Christian world.
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