Mission in the Early Church
Themes and Reflections
by Edward L. Smither
An examination of the missionary activities of the early Christians during the Patristic period, their themes and their methods, drawing lessons for the mission of the church today.
Chapter 1: Backgrounds:
It seems impossible to understand Martin Luther’s (1483–1546) doctrine of justification by faith—a central aspect of his theology and a hallmark of the Protestant Reformation—without first understanding something of his personal background. His father Hans, who worked in the mining industry, was known for being a harsh disciplinarian and also for his ambition to see his son receive a quality education that would lead to… A free download of this chapter is available on our website, click here!
Mothers on the Margin?
The Significance of the Women in Matthew’s Genealogy
by E. Anne Clements
An intriguing study of the women included in Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus, revealing their importance for our understanding of the radical message of the gospel.
Chapter 8: Tamar, Rahab, and Ruth: Aspects of Matthean Discipleship:
Part 1 has established that the first three named women of Matthew’s Gospel are characterized within their Hebrew narratives not in terms of their sinfulness or scandalous sexual activity but by their virtues of righteousness, faith, and loyalty. This short chapter will argue that righ-teousness, faith, and loyalty are three central aspects of the Matthean Jesus’ teaching in relation to discipleship. It is therefore significant that these themes first appear in the stories of Tamar (righteousness), Rahab (faithand loyalty), and Ruth (loyalty). The naming of Tamar, Rahab, and Ruth inthe genealogy highlights and anticipates the importance of these themes as key virtues for Matthew. No attempt will be made to address fully each theme; my purpose is… A free download of this chapter is available on our website, click here!
Communion with the Triune God
The Trinitarian Soteriology of T.F. Torrance
by Dick O. Eugenio
An insightful study of the role of the doctrine of salvation in the thought of the Scottish theologian Thomas F. Torrence, emphasising and elucidating the Trinitarian foundations of his soteriology.
Chapter1: Scientific, Evangelical, and Trinitarian Soteriology:
n Daniel Hardy’s evaluation, in respect to content and form, Torrance’s theology is both declarative and relational. First, it is declarative because it determines and demonstrates core Christian doctrines as they developed through the history of the church, particularly in relation to the patristic conciliar declarations on the doctrine of the Trinity. Evidence is found in his conspicuous preoccupation with the doctrinal formula-tions of Athanasius and the Reformation in his writings. In this sense, Torrance’s theology is more… A free download of this chapter is available on our website, click here!
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Richard Hooker and the Vision of God
Exploring the Origins of ‘Anglicanism’
By Charles Miller
“Miller’s book constitutes an impressive attempt to synthesize Hooker’s rich and expansive theological vision, and to put it into ecumenical conversation for the sake of today’s theologians and church leaders. Were it to succeed in gaining wide use as a seminary textbook, the Anglican churches could not but profit thereby.”
Journal of Anglican Studies, 2014
The Place of the Spirit
Toward a Trinitarian Theology of Location
by Sarah Morice-Brubaker
An imaginative exploration of how the concepts of “place” and “location” can be meaningfully applied to our understanding of the Trinity.
Chapter 2: Patristic Precedents:
Laying the problem out in this fashion goes a long way toward sug-gesting which sorts of passages are most attention worthy for the present project. What I am looking for is some kind of consonance between how an author positions the three persons vis-à-vis each other, and how that same author understands place more generally. Sometimes the influence will run more in one direction—a theologian’s assumptions about place dictating how the three persons may be conceptually arranged—and sometimes i twill run in the opposite direction. Most often, I think,… A free download of this chapter is available on our website, click here!
Our Only Hope
More than We can Ask or Imagine
by Margaret B. Adam
A critique of Jürgen Moltmann’s theology that offers a wider vision of Christian hope through an imaginative engagement with a range of traditional and contemporary resources.
Chapter 2: The Costs of a Moltmannian Hope:
The legacy of Moltmann’s theological hope abides as a contemporary doctrine, loosely articulated and broadly accepted. The broad outlines of his eschatological hope shape the presuppositions and imaginations of many theologians, clergy, and lay Christians, including some who have never engaged with his work directly. I have identified the legacy of Molt-mann’s theology of hope as Moltmannian, because it reflects his work, at least indirectly, even though it does not attend to all of the particulars of his theological scholarship. When this Moltmannian hope constitutes the exclusive resource for eschatological hope, the costs are… A free download of this chapter is available on our website, click here!
Paul’s Non-Violent Gospel
The Theological Politics of Peace in Paul’s Life and Letters
by Jeremy Gabrielson
An insightful study of St Paul’s commitment to peace and non-violence, exploring the personal, theological and political aspects of his advocacy of a way of life at odds with the dominant ideologies of his time.
Chapter 3: The Memory of a Non-Violent Jesus in Paul’s Letters:
If Matthew’s gospel is representative of the early church’s memory of Jesus as one who eschewed violence, Paul’s letters hold the potential to push the evidence for this picture of Jesus earlier still. Surprisingly, little has been made of this particular continuity between Jesus and Paul, and the pres-ent chapter will be an attempt not just at filling this gap in the scholarly treatments already on offer, for I will also demonstrate that this particular continuity is one of the most salient features of early Christianity, Pauline or otherwise. At the very real risk of falling into the familiar ruts of exploring the continuities (or in some cases divergences) between Jesus and Paul, 1I want to revisit this issue by focusing on… A free download of this chapter is available on our website, click here!
A Scriptural Epistemology of Error
by Dru Johnson
A rigorous examination of the epistemological issues raised by Scripture, and how the biblical approach to human knowledge compares with that of modern philosophy.
Chapter 1: How Should We Conceive of Knowledge and Error?
We walk by faith and not by sight (2 Cor 5:7). What does this mean? Certainly, picturing the Christian life as a walk fits within the collective imagination of the biblical writers. But what are we to do with Paul’s jux-taposition of faith and sight? Regardless of the Apostle Paul’s intended meaning, a common Christian interpretation has pictured something akin to “faith as a blind walk.” Depicting the Christian life as a walk, where Believers grow in knowledge of the Creator and His creation, certainly fits the biblical picture. From ancient Israelite faith to its extension into Christianity, the metaphor of life as a walk (the peripateticlife) has beencommon, though not always the kind associated with … A free download of this chapter is available on our website, click here!
A Polity of Persuasion
Gift and Grief of Anglicanism
by Jeffrey W. Driver
An informed and thoughtful examination of the nature of authority within the Anglican Communion, suggesting that the Anglican model of pluralism and dialogue remains a source of strength in a divided world.
Chapter 2: Authority, Conflict, and Communion:
The American War of Independence had meant that there could be no simple extension of the jurisdiction of the Church of England, at least in that part of the New World. In 1840 a bill passed the British Parliament allowing for clergy from the American and Scottish Churches to officiate, on occasions, in England. This effectively established communion with an American church already characterized by its own sense of identity and distinctives in governance, but aware also of its historic links to the… A free download of this chapter is available on our website, click here!
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Sex, Wives, and Warriors
Reading Old Testament Narrative with Its Ancient Audience
By Philip Francis Esler
“… Esler provides some thoughtful readings of the biblical narratives… His examination of the texts’ literary features is careful and detailed and his integration of anthropological studies to his reading does raise some fresh insights for contemplating these ancient traditions…”
Caroline Blyth, Theology & Sexuality, Vol 19 No. 2, 2013