An introduction to the literary and theological message of Revelation using the topics of evil and suffering as a conceptual organizer, which provides readers an immediate connection between this ancient text and their lives. Although often read as a book of esoteric visions about the end of time, the book of Revelation is actually one of the most relevant books in the Bible for Christian faith in the twenty-first century. Evil and suffering are an unavoidable component of human experience and they generate a host of questions by those seeking to be faithful in the midst of such experiences. Why do Christians suffer? How are we to understand God’s sovereignty in a world of injustice, violence, and opposition? What is the appropriate response of faith to such a world? In A Slaughtered Lamb, Greg Stevenson argues that the book of Revelation addresses such questions and the tension that is created between our faith and our experiences of evil and suffering. Revelation is a book that reminds us that God is faithful to his creation, that challenges us to take up the call for faithful witness in a hostile world, and that reveals to us that God’s primary response to evil and suffering is to meet us in the form of a slaughtered lamb. This is ideal for use as textbook for seminary students, as a resource for priests, religious and leaders, and as an introduction to revelation for interested lay persons.
Clement Of Rome The Didache
The letter to the Corinthians by clement of Rome and the Didache are two of the most important documents from the earliest days of Christianity. Here we stand at the very fount of Christian teaching outside the new testament. Clement's letter and the Didache reveal how Christians were implementing and living out the faith taught by Jesus and passed on by the twelve apostles.
Catholicism In Social And Historical Contexts
Designed for undergraduate use, Catholicism In Social And Historical Contexts is replete with details and revelatory stories that trace the evolution of Catholicism from a tiny Jewish sect to the dominant religion in the west. In evoking this rich history, Curt Cadorette shows how the challenges Catholicism faces today present a dynamic similar to that of the first century.
Christ* Church* Mankind; The Spirit of Vatican II according to POPE JOHN PAUL II
The glory of God is the living man, say St. Irenaeus. This same perception so dear to John Paul II is central to the vision of faith that underpins Vatican II, reemerges in its documents, and shines out of the long and intense witness of Pope John Paul II.
The Church Unfinished
Like human life, the church is lived forward but understood backward.The Church Unfinished traces how the church came from the community of unexpected persons whom Jesus gathered around himself, and how the church was then shaped, over the course of centuries, by human decisions made in the spirit,