The Faith of the Christian Church: An Introduction to Theology
Tyron Inbody has taught the basics of Christian theology for more than twenty-five years. Having seen over the years what issues and questions his students bring to class, he now offers this engaging, accessible introduction to all the major beliefs of the Christian faith.
Meant especially but not exclusively for readers new to theology, Inbody's Faith of the Christian Church covers twelve traditional areas of Christian teaching: theology, revelation, faith, God, creation, suffering and evil, humankind, Jesus Christ, salvation, church, sacraments, and the end times. Inbody also dives into provocative topics not usually treated in introductory texts -- creationism, the devil, miracles, the virgin birth, and more.
The book's broad-ranging perspective, which intentionally defies labels, commends it to individuals and small groups from many church traditions. Quote boxes and illustrations drawn from popular culture make the text visually interesting and enjoyable to read.
Inbody does not hide his own stance on issues but presents a full range of interpretations and openly points readers to other possibilities they can pursue. The Faith of the Christian Church offers just enough questions to provoke reflection and just enough answers to encourage readers to form their own grasp on the Christian faith.
Thinking about Faith
II Why Complicate Things? Some Preliminary Questions about Theology
The Task of Theology
IV The Limits of Theology
V Modes of Thinking Theologically
Resources for Thinking about Faith
II The Primacy of Scripture
III Shaped by Tradition and Traditioning
Developments within the Classical Tradition
Shame and Han
V Redeemed Humanity
Faith in Jesus Christ
II The Birth and Death of Jesus
III The Resurrection of Jesus
IV Jesus the Christ
V Jesus Christ Liberator
IV Reasoning Faith
V Confirmed by Experience
Revelation and Faith
II General Revelation
III Special Revelation
IV Elemental Faith and Saving Faith
V The Faith of the Church
Faith in God
II God in the Bible
III The Theistic Concept of God
IV Dialectical Theism
V The Triune God
Faith and the Natural World
Creatio ex Nihilo
III Six Days or Forever? Creation and Evolution
V Miracle and Prayer
The Threat to Faith
A Theistic Explanation of Suffering and Evil
III The Devil the Demons and the Demonic
IV Why Doesnt God Do Something? Creation Tragic Structure and the Will of God
God and Human Suffering
The Lack of Faith
II Sin and Original Sin
Interpreting the Atonement
The Christian Idea of Salvation
The Community of Faith
7 1 Cor 413 The Identity of the Church
The Marks of the Church
18 The Mission of the Church
11 The Ministry of the Church
Initiating and Maintaining Faith
II Christian Sacraments
The Fulfillment of Faith
II What Is the Goal of History?
Do We Survive Our Death?
IV What Are Gods Ultimate Purposes?
V Is Jesus the Only Way to God?
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