Bringing Theology to Life
In this engaging text Darren Marks provides a refreshing introduction to Christian faith that will be of special interest to university and seminary students. Innovative in his organization, Marks explores seven key doctrines and highlights the profound interconnections among them in a way that points us beyond the mere theological formulations to the living God of the Bible. Engaging academic discussions of the past and the present, Marks contextualizes these doctrines and shows their meaning for the day-to-day life of a faith community. Including illustrative narrative callouts and study questions, this book ultimately aims to inspire, illuminate and encourage Christians toward a vital and relevant life of worship, discipleship and mission.
"In this incisive little book, Darren Marks undertakes theology in its proper diaconal mode: as a discipline in service to God and his people, the church. In doing so, he winsomely articulates the importance of theological understanding for Christian discipleship. Theology is not some intellectual option that makes us 'smart' Christians; it is the graced understanding that makes us faithful disciples. This generous, accessible primer is an antidote to the church's slide into theological illiteracy."
"A very useful guide to some classic Christian doctrines, and recent theological reflection about them."
"Darren Marks masterfully achieves his central goal of bridging the gap between the theological academy and the life of the church. Laypersons and undergraduate students will be introduced to the major themes of the Christian drama of redemption and invited to participate in the story and worship God through the renewal of their minds. Bringing Theology to Life shows that theological substance does not need to be sacrificed for accessibility, or vice versa!"
"A welcome, accessible, introductory text on Christian faith."
1 The Doctrine of the Trinity
2 The Doctrine of Sin
3 The Doctrine of the Incarnation
4 The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
5 The Doctrines of the Bible and Sacraments
6 The Doctrine of Heaven
7 The Doctrine of the Church
Name and Subject Index