Christian Faith: An Introduction to the Study of the Faith (Revised Edition)

By: Hendrikus Berkhof; Translator-Sierd Woudstra

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Previous owner's name and green mark on inside front cover. No marks or writing observed in text. Binding tight and square. Crease on back cover................................... TOC: xxii, 572 pages ; 24 cm Contents: Introduction. Prolegomena ; Religion ; Faith ; Christian faith ; Study of the Christian faith : motives and essence ; Study of the Christian faith : reach and limits -- Revelation. Internal prolegomena ; Revelation : phenomenological and theological ; The earthly character of revelation ; Revelation and experience ; Revelation and hiddenness ; The duality of revelation : word and spirit ; Revelation as history ; The symbolic language of revelation ; Self-revelation or revelation of truths ; General and special revelation ; Fixation and transmission (Scripture and tradition) ; The provisional character of revelation -- God. Revelation and essence ; Essence and attributes ; Holy love ; The defenseless superior power ; The changeable faithfulness -- Creation. God as creator ; The world as createdness ; Man (I) : love and freedom ; Man (II) : guilt and fate ; The preservation of the world -- Israel. Israel in the Christian faith ; The way of Israel in the Old Testament ; The way of Israel in the New Testament -- Jesus the Son. In search of the historical Jesus ; The person ; Life and humanity ; Death and reconciliation ; Resurrection and glorification ; The spirit and the participation ; The covenant as 'Tri-(u)nity' -- The new community. The covenant as community ; The church as institute ; The church as the body of Christ ; The people of God as the firstfruits -- The renewal of man. Man the purpose of God ; Judgment and repentance ; Justification and faith ; Guidance and security ; Justification and sanctification ; Freedom and love ; Dying and rising ; Struggle, progress, and perseverance ; The completed renewal ; Prayer -- The renewal of the world. The place of the world in the faith ; The sanctification of the world ; Progress and struggle ; Ambivalence and victory -- All things new. Christ, the Spirit, and the future ; Individuals, mankind, and the future ; Eternal life. ........................ ............... ................. In today's secular world, the Christian faith is viewed as only one aspect of what could be called “religious life.” Acknowledging this, Hendrikus Berkhof begins this thought-provoking study with a sketch of religion and faith in general before narrowing it down to a discussion of the specific place of Christian faith in all of reality. / For Berkhof the starting point in his systematic examination of Christian faith is revelation — the sources and norms for our knowledge of God. This leads to a discussion of God, creation, Israel, the person and work of Christ, the church, and finally, the renewal of the world and of humanity. Throughout the book Berkhof comments on (and often takes issues with) systematic theologians of the past. / Written for both the layperson and the scholar, the text is interspersed with excursuses (set off in smaller type than the main text) that cover specific subjects more thoroughly, citing sources, controversies, and other details which will be of particular interest to theologians and students.

Title: Christian Faith: An Introduction to the Study of the Faith (Revised Edition)

Author Name: Hendrikus Berkhof; Translator-Sierd Woudstra

Categories: Theology,

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company: November 1990

ISBN Number: 0802805485

ISBN Number 13: 9780802805485

Size: Soft Cover

Book Condition: Used - Very Good

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