Keeping Faith in Faith Based Organizations

Author: Dean Pallant
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1610979230
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The world's poorest people are struggling to access quality, affordable health care. Change is urgently required. Faith-based organizations deliver more than 40 percent of health services in many of the poorest places. This book argues FBOs can--and must--deliver quality health services without sacrificing their faith in the process. Dean Pallant asks an awkward question: "If its faith does not drive an FBO, whose faith does?" Pallant visited Salvation Army health ministries in more than forty countries in four years, and this book records his global reflections structured around a practical theological model of enquiry. His goal is to identify a faithful future for hundreds of Salvation Army hospitals and clinics and thousands of congregation-based health ministries. Pallant finds answers in the work of Karl Polanyi, John Wesley, Stanley Hauerwas, William Booth, and Luke Bretherton, among others. Pallant challenges the bio-medical definition of health and proposes a comprehensive appreciation of people as "healthy persons"--the people God created us to be. Pallant's proposals are bold and far-reaching for the Salvation Army and other FBOs. They are insightful and challenging for everyone--of whatever faith--committed to improve the health of the poorest people.

Global Dictionary of Theology

Author: William A. Dyrness
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830878116
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Theological dictionaries are foundational to any theological library. But until now there has been no Global Dictionary of Theology, a theological dictionary that presumes the contribution of the Western tradition but moves beyond it to embrace and explore a full range of global expressions of theology. The Global Dictionary of Theology is inspired by the shift of the center of Christianity from the West to the Global South. But it also reflects the increase in two-way traffic between these two sectors as well as the global awareness that has permeated popular culture to an unprecedented degree. The editorial perspective of the Global Dictionary of Theology is an ecumenical evangelicalism that is receptive to discovering new facets of truth through listening and conversation on a global scale. Thus a distinctive feature of the Global Dictionary of Theology is its conversational approach. Contributors have been called on to write in the spirit of engaging in a larger theological conversation in which alternative views are expected and invited. William A. Dyrness, Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, Juan F. Martinez and Simon Chan edit approximately 250 articles written by over 100 contributors representing the global spectrum of theological perspectives. Pastors, theological teachers, theological students and lay Christian leaders will all find the Global Dictionary of Theology to be a resource that unfolds new dimensions and reveals new panoramas of theological perspective and inquiry. Here is a new launching point for doing theology in today's global context.

Die Reformation der Rechte

Author: John Witte Jr.
Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
ISBN: 3788728345
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Johannes Calvin entwickelte ein neues Verständnis von Rechten und Freiheiten, von Kirche und Staat, das das Rechtssystem der frühen protestantischen Staaten formte. Seine Lehren, die sich schnell in Westeuropa ausbreiteten, wurden immer wieder durch große Krisen herausgefordert: die französischen Religionskriege, die niederländische Revolte, die englische Revolution, die amerikanische Kolonisation und Revolution. In solchen Krisen waren es Anhänger Calvins, die sein Denken aktualisierten und der neuen Situation anpassten. Eine Reihe grundlegender westlicher Auffassungen von Religion und politischen Rechten, sozialem und konfessionellem Pluralismus, Föderalismus und Gesellschaftsvertrag haben im frühmodernen Calvinismus ihren Ursprung.

An Introduction to Ecclesiology

Author: Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 9780830874392
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What is the church? What makes the church church? In this volume, theologian Veli-Matti KÄrkkÄinen provides an up-to-date survey and analysis of the major ecclesiological traditions, the most important theologians, and a number of contextual approaches that attempt to answer these essential questions. Drawing on his international experience, global research and ecumenical awareness, KÄrkkÄinen presents an overview of both traditional and contemporary expressions of the Christian church. An Introduction to Ecclesiology will richly reward the student, pastor or layperson who is looking for a comprehensive and insightful overview of the unity and diversity of understandings and practices within the one church of Jesus Christ.

Der Weg der christlichen Theologie

Author: Alister McGrath
Publisher: Brunnen Verlag Gießen
ISBN: 3765577014
Format: PDF, Docs
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Alister McGrath's „Der Weg der christlichen Theologie" ist in zahlreiche Sprachen übersetzt und weltweit eine der am meisten verwendeten Einführungen in die Entwicklung der christlichen Theologie. Es geht den Weg durch die gesamte Geschichte des christlichen Denkens und ist auch für den Leser geschrieben, dem alte Sprachen und theologische Fachausdrücke noch nicht vertraut sind. Dieses Buch gibt einen fundierten Überblick über - die Geschichte der Theologie von der Zeit der Kirchenväter ab ca. 100 n. Chr. bis zur Gegenwart und die bedeutendsten theologischen Debatten - die Quellen und Methoden theologischen Denkens - die großen Themen wie Person und Werk Jesu Christi, Dreieinigkeit oder „die letzten Dinge". Ein umfangreiches Glossar und Register sowie Angaben zu weiterführender Literatur geben die nötigen Querverweise und regen zum Weiterstudium an.