Letters of St. Antony: Monasticism and the Making of A Saint by Samuel Rubenson

By Samuel Rubenson

“This publication revolutionizes our figuring out of the existence and considered the nice anchorite father of the Egyptian desolate tract. it's a sign contribution to our wisdom of Egyptian Christianity within the 3rd and fourth centuries.”—Birger Pearson, Institute for Antiquity and ChristianitySamuel Rubenson, via a clean research of the letters of St. Antony, exposes the distortion of the image of early Christian priests as unlettered and primitive. Rubenson describes the barren region monasteries as facilities of theological mirrored image in Egypt, exhibiting how they mixed the speculative philosophy of the Greeks and the biblical tradition.Included during this quantity is a brand new translation of the letters themselves, that are proven to be actual and a massive resource for the research of the desolate tract fathers and the early monastic culture. The later picture of Antony is confirmed to be inspired via church politics of the latter a part of the fourth century. Samuel Rubenson is affiliate Professor at Lund college, Lund, Sweden.

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The Challenge of Being Baptist: Owning a Scandalous Past and by Bill J. Leonard

By Bill J. Leonard

The biggest Protestant denomination within the usa is in the middle of a significant identification situation; many Baptists are revisiting or turning clear of the culture, leaving others to develop into more and more doubtful that the denomination can stay workable. the following, besides the fact that, famous Baptist historian invoice Leonard wades during the murky waters of the Baptist prior and explores the ancient commitments of this designated humans -- all which will make clear its modern dilemmas and review the customers for a Baptist destiny. whereas encouraging contributors of the religion to completely and reasonably evaluation their historical past -- and its many errors alongside the best way -- Leonard finally argues that the Baptists' contentious 'audacious witness' proven all through its background nonetheless has a helpful position to play within the twenty-first century.

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Under cover by John Bevere

By John Bevere

This author makes use of his own error to demonstrate truths approximately repentance and forgiveness. As he specializes in the real authority of God, he's cautious to give an explanation for by way of instance the $64000 distinction among 'submission' and 'obedience.' a similar fight with divine authority is usually represented during the lives of John the Baptist, the Apostle Paul, and different biblical figures. a particularly valuable e-book for Christians who are looking to advance a significant pursuit of God. & nbsp;Read more... Introducing less than disguise -- it truly is tough to kick opposed to the goads -- Sin outlined -- the key strength of lawlessness -- the implications of disobedience -- Bewitched -- Does God recognize who's responsible? -- Honor the king -- Double honor -- Obedience and submission -- What if authority tells me--? -- Unfair therapy -- Self-inflicted judgment -- Odds and ends -- nice religion This good enjoyed author successfully makes use of his own errors to demonstrate riveting truths approximately repentance and forgiveness. As he makes a speciality of the genuine authority of God, he's cautious to give an explanation for through instance the $64000 distinction among "submission" and "obedience." a similar fight with divine authority is usually represented throughout the lives of John the Baptist, the Apostle Paul, and different biblical figures. an extremely necessary e-book for Christians who are looking to enhance a major pursuit of God

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Old Ship of Zion: The Afro-Baptist Ritual in the African by Jr. Walter F. Pitts, Vincent L. Wimbush

By Jr. Walter F. Pitts, Vincent L. Wimbush

This significant new research of the African origins of African-American types of worship relies on wide fieldwork in black Baptist church buildings in rural Texas. Pitts, a pupil of anthropology and linguistics and a church pianist, performed at and recorded quite a few worship providers over a interval of 5 years. via historic comparisons and linguistic research of this fabric, Pitts uncovers awesome parallels among "Afro-Baptist" providers and the spiritual rituals of Western and important Africa, in addition to different African-derived rituals within the usa Sea Islands, the Caribbean, and Brazil. elevating the idea that of formality body, he unearths the binary constitution underlying African and African-American worship: the somber depression of the 1st body and the excessive emotion of the second one body are either necessary to the achievement of that constitution. within the technique, Pitts creates a memorable portrait of this very important but misunderstood point of African-American tradition. With a Foreword by means of Vincent Wimbush.

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Hallelujah Lads and Lasses: Remaking the Salvation Army in by Lillian Taiz

By Lillian Taiz

So strongly linked is the Salvation military with its glossy project of provider that its colourful background as a non secular circulate is usually missed. In telling the tale of the association in the United States, Lillian Taiz strains its evolution from a working-class, evangelical faith to a circulate that emphasised carrier because the route to salvation. while the Salvation military crossed the Atlantic from Britain in 1879, it instantly started to adapt its spiritual tradition to its new American environment. the gang came upon its constituency between younger, working-class women and men who have been drawn to its intensely experiential non secular tradition, which mixed a frontier-camp-meeting variety with working-class kinds of pop culture modeled at the saloon and theater. within the palms of those new recruits, the Salvation military built a remarkably democratic inner tradition. by means of the flip of the century, although, because the military more and more tried to draw souls by means of addressing the actual wishes of the loads, the gang started to draw back from boisterous spiritual expression towards a extra "refined" spiritual tradition and a extra centrally managed bureaucratic constitution. putting her specialise in the club of the Salvation military and its transformation as a company in the broader context of literature on classification, hard work, and women's background, Taiz sheds new gentle at the personality of yank working-class tradition and faith within the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries.

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The Universalist Movement in America, 1770-1880 (Religion in by Ann Lee Bressler

By Ann Lee Bressler

During this quantity Ann Lee Bressler deals the 1st cultural background of yank Universalism and its critical instructing -- the concept that an all-good and omnipotent God saves all souls. even supposing Universalists have mostly been lumped including Unitarians as "liberal religionists," in its origins their flow used to be, actually, relatively diversified from that of the better-known spiritual liberals.
Unlike Unitarians corresponding to the popular William Ellery Channing, who under pressure the duty of the person below divine ethical sanctions, so much early American Universalists seemed to the all-powerful will of God to redeem all of production. whereas Channing was once socially and intellectually descended from the competitors of Jonathan Edwards, Hosea Ballou, the key theologian of the Universalist flow, appropriated Edwards's legacy via emphasizing the facility of God's love within the face of human sinfulness and obvious intransigence. Espousing what they observed as a fervent yet moderate piety, many early Universalists observed their flow as a sort of more suitable Calvinism.
the tale of Universalism from the mid-nineteenth century on, in spite of the fact that, was once principally one in every of unsuccessful efforts to keep up this early synthesis of Calvinist and Enlightenment beliefs. ultimately, Bressler argues, Universalists have been swept up within the tide of yank spiritual individualism and moralism; within the overdue 19th century they more and more extolled ethical accountability and the cultivation of the self. by the point of the 1st Universalist centennial social gathering in 1870, the beliefs of the early circulation have been all yet moribund. Bressler's examine illuminates such concerns because the courting among religion and cause in a tender, fast-growing, and deeply doubtful state, and the destiny of the Calvinist history in American non secular history.

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