The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

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The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

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Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433556367

Genre: Religion

Page: 432

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Book Summary: Modern culture is obsessed with identity. Since the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision in 2015, sexual identity has dominated both public discourse and cultural trends—and yet, no historical phenomenon is its own cause. From Augustine to Marx, various views and perspectives have contributed to the modern understanding of self. In The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self, Carl Trueman carefully analyzes the roots and development of the sexual revolution as a symptom, rather than the cause, of the human search for identity. This timely exploration of the history of thought behind the sexual revolution teaches readers about the past, brings clarity to the present, and gives guidance for the future as Christians navigate the culture’s ever-changing search for identity.


The Creedal Imperative

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The Creedal Imperative

Author: Carl R. Trueman

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433521938

Genre: Religion

Page: 208

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Book Summary: Recent years have seen a number of high profile scholars converting to Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy while a trend in the laity expresses an eclectic hunger for tradition. The status and role of confessions stands at the center of the debate within evangelicalism today as many resonate with the call to return to Christianity’s ancient roots. Carl Trueman offers an analysis of why creeds and confessions are necessary, how they have developed over time, and how they can function in the church of today and tomorrow. He writes primarily for evangelicals who are not particularly confessional in their thinking yet who belong to confessional churches—Baptists, independents, etc.—so that they will see more clearly the usefulness of the church’s tradition.


Histories and Fallacies

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Histories and Fallacies

Author: Carl R. Trueman

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 143352080X

Genre: History

Page: 192

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Book Summary: Recent years have brought about a crisis of confidence in the historical profession, leading increasing numbers of readers to ask the question: “How can I know that the stories told by a historian are reliable?” Histories and Fallacies is a primer for those seeking guidance through conceptual and methodological problems in the discipline of history. Historian Carl Trueman presents a series of classic historical problems as a way to examine what history is, what it means, and how it can be told and understood. Each chapter in Histories and Fallacies gives an account of a particular problem, examines a classic example of that problem, and then suggests a solution or approach that will bear fruit. Readers who come to understand the question of objectivity through an examination of Holocaust denial or interpretive frameworks through Marxism will not just be learning theory but will already be practicing fruitful approaches to history. Histories and Fallacies guides both readers and writers of history away from dead ends and methodological mistakes, and into a fresh confidence in the productive nature of the historical task.


Sources of the Self

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Sources of the Self

Author: Charles Taylor

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674257049

Genre: Philosophy

Page: 624

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Book Summary: In this extensive inquiry into the sources of modern selfhood, Charles Taylor demonstrates just how rich and precious those resources are. The modern turn to subjectivity, with its attendant rejection of an objective order of reason, has led—it seems to many—to mere subjectivism at the mildest and to sheer nihilism at the worst. Many critics believe that the modern order has no moral backbone and has proved corrosive to all that might foster human good. Taylor rejects this view. He argues that, properly understood, our modern notion of the self provides a framework that more than compensates for the abandonment of substantive notions of rationality. The major insight of Sources of the Self is that modern subjectivity, in all its epistemological, aesthetic, and political ramifications, has its roots in ideas of human good. After first arguing that contemporary philosophers have ignored how self and good connect, the author defines the modern identity by describing its genesis. His effort to uncover and map our moral sources leads to novel interpretations of most of the figures and movements in the modern tradition. Taylor shows that the modern turn inward is not disastrous but is in fact the result of our long efforts to define and reach the good. At the heart of this definition he finds what he calls the affirmation of ordinary life, a value which has decisively if not completely replaced an older conception of reason as connected to a hierarchy based on birth and wealth. In telling the story of a revolution whose proponents have been Augustine, Montaigne, Luther, and a host of others, Taylor’s goal is in part to make sure we do not lose sight of their goal and endanger all that has been achieved. Sources of the Self provides a decisive defense of the modern order and a sharp rebuff to its critics.


Pilgrim Theology

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Pilgrim Theology

Author: Michael Horton

Publisher: Zondervan Academic

ISBN: 0310555671

Genre: Religion

Page: 512

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Book Summary: The 2011 award-winning publication The Christian Faith garnered wide praise as a thorough, well-informed treatment of the philosophical foundations of Christian theology, the classical elements of systematic theology, and exegesis of relevant biblical texts. Pilgrim Theology distills the distinctive benefits of this approach into a more accessible introduction designed for classroom and group study. In this book, Michael Horton guides readers through a preliminary exploration of Christian theology in “a Reformed key.” Horton reviews the biblical passages that give rise to a particular doctrine in addition to surveying past and present interpretations. Also included are sidebars showing the key distinctions readers need to grasp on a particular subject, helpful charts and tables illuminating exegetical and historical topics, and questions at the end of each chapter for individual, classroom, and small group reflection. Pilgrim Theology will help undergraduate students of theology and educated laypersons gain an understanding of the Christian tradition’s biblical and historical foundations.


Gospelbound

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Gospelbound

Author: Collin Hansen,Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra

Publisher: Multnomah

ISBN: 059319358X

Genre: Religion

Page: 224

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Book Summary: A profound exploration of how to hold on to hope when our unchanging faith collides with a changing culture, from two respected Christian storytellers and thought leaders. “Offers neither spin control nor image maintenance for the evangelical tribe, but genuine hope.”—Russell Moore, president of ERLC As the pressures of health warnings, economic turmoil, and partisan politics continue to rise, the influence of gospel-focused Christians seems to be waning. In the public square and popular opinion, we are losing our voice right when it’s needed most for Christ’s glory and the common good. But there’s another story unfolding too—if you know where to look. In Gospelbound, Collin Hansen and Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra counter these growing fears with a robust message of resolute hope for anyone hungry for good news. Join them in exploring profound stories of Christians who are quietly changing the world in the name of Jesus—from the wild world of digital media to the stories of ancient saints and unsung contemporary activists on the frontiers of justice and mercy. Discover how, in these dark times, the light of Jesus shines even brighter. You haven’t heard the whole story. And that’s good news.


The Making of the Modern Self

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The Making of the Modern Self

Author: Dror Wahrman

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300134599

Genre: Psychology

Page: 414

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Book Summary: Both the Bible and the Constitution have the status of Great Code, but each of these important texts is controversial as well as enigmatic. They are asked to speak to situations that their authors could not have anticipated on their own. In this book, one of our greatest religious historians brings his vast knowledge of the history of biblical interpretation to bear on the question of constitutional interpretation. Jaroslav Pelikan compares the methods by which the official interpreters of the Bible and the Constitution - the Christian Church and the Supreme Court, respectively - have approached the necessity of interpreting, and reinterpreting, their important texts. In spite of obvious differences, both texts require close, word-by-word exegesis, an awareness of opinions that have gone before, and a willingness to ask new questions of old codes, Pelikan observes. He probes for answers to the question of what makes something authentically constitutional or biblical, and he demonstrates how an understanding of either biblical interpretation or constitutional interpretation can illuminate the other in important ways.


God Is Love

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God Is Love

Author: Gerald Bray

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433522721

Genre: Religion

Page: 768

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Book Summary: While there is no substitute for personal, faithful, and careful Bible reading and prayer, the Bible’s vast size and diversity can make distilling its truth a daunting task. Thus most Christians benefit from supplemental resources to help learn and apply what Scripture teaches. Renowned theologian, Gerald Bray has produced just such a resource in his new systematic theology. Though packed with robust content, he writes about this volume: “the aim . . . is to reach those who would not normally find systematic theology appealing or even comprehensible.” This volume is unique from others in that Bray traces the common theme of God’s love through the Bible categorically—from God’s love for himself and his creation to the cross as the ultimate expression of God’s love, among other categories. The centrality of God’s love in Bray’s theology reflects a deep conviction that the Bible shows us God for who he really is. This volume will be of interest to Christians seeking to grow in their faith.


Luther on the Christian Life

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Luther on the Christian Life

Author: Carl R. Trueman

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433525100

Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

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Book Summary: Martin Luther’s historical significance can hardly be overstated. Known as the father of the Protestant Reformation, no single figure has had a greater impact on Western Christianity except perhaps Augustine. In Luther on the Christian Life, historian Carl Trueman introduces readers to the lively Reformer, taking them on a tour of his historical context, theological system, and approach to the Christian life. Whether exploring Luther’s theology of protest, ever-present sense of humor, or misunderstood view of sanctification, this addition to Crossway’s Theologians on the Christian Life series highlights the ways in which Luther’s eventful life shaped his understanding of what it means to be a Christian. Ultimately, this book will help modern readers go deeper in their spiritual walk by learning from one of the great teachers of the faith. Part of the Theologians on the Christian Life series.


Popcultured

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Popcultured

Author: Steve Turner

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830895485

Genre: Religion

Page: 254

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Book Summary: Drawing on his storied career as a pop-culture wallflower, Steve Turner provides an all-access pass to the pervasive cultures of style, media and celebrity. Passing on his uniquely Christian way of viewing these cultures, Turner opens our eyes to a world of ideas lying just beneath the hype.


God on the Brain

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God on the Brain

Author: Brad Sickler

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433564467

Genre: Religion

Page: 208

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Book Summary: "I highly recommend this treasure of learning." —J. P. Moreland Advances in modern science have dramatically increased our understanding of the human brain. While this progress has helped improve many lives, it has also raised many philosophical and theological questions. Researchers are increasingly presenting the brain as comprising the totality of a person. But is this a fair assessment? Bradley Sickler offers a timely theological, scientific, and philosophical analysis of cognitive science, arguing that the brain is more complex than what can be explained by science alone. Navigating questions about the brain, religion, and science, Sickler guides readers to confidently affirm that the Christian worldview offers the most compelling vision of the true nature of humanity.


Being the Bad Guys

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Being the Bad Guys

Author: Stephen McAlpine

Publisher: The Good Book Company

ISBN: 1784985910

Genre: Religion

Page: 144

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Book Summary: How to live confidently for Jesus in today's world. The church used to be recognized as a force for good, but this is changing rapidly. Christians are now often seen as the bad guys, losing both respect and influence. In our post-Christian culture, how do we offer the gospel to those around us who view it as not only wrong but possibly dangerous? And how do we ensure that the secular worldview does not entice us away with its constant barrage, online and elsewhere, of messages about self-determinism? Author Stephen McAlpine offers an analysis of how our culture ended up this way and explains key points of tension between biblical Christianity and secular culture. He encourages Christians not to be ashamed of the gospel as it is more liberating, fulfilling and joyful than anything the world has to offer. He also offers strategies for coping in this world, with its opposing values, and for reaching out to others wisely with the truth.


The Simplest Way to Change the World

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The Simplest Way to Change the World

Author: Dustin Willis,Brandon Clements

Publisher: Moody Publishers

ISBN: 0802495117

Genre: Religion

Page: 176

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Book Summary: How to make disciples using hospitality Deep down, every Christian wants to make a difference. But for many of us, the years come and go and we never do. The good news is: change can be as simple as opening your front door. The Simplest Way to Change the World is about biblical hospitality and its power for the gospel. Since people will sooner enter a living room than a church, hospitality is a natural and effective way to build relationships for Christ. You’ll learn: How the home can be a hub for community How hospitality leads to joy, purpose, and belonging How it grows families to love the things of God How it’s not about being the perfect host How to be hospitable regardless of your living space Hospitality is a beautiful legacy of the church, and a great way to make disciples. As you open your life up to others, you share in the very character of God and experience His joy. And you get to witness lives change—including your own. Includes 20+ creative ideas for hospitality, plus questions for small groups


Pagans and Christians in the City

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Pagans and Christians in the City

Author: Steven D. Smith

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 1467451487

Genre: Religion

Page: 408

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Book Summary: Traditionalist Christians who oppose same-sex marriage and other cultural developments in the United States wonder why they are being forced to bracket their beliefs in order to participate in public life. This situation is not new, says Steven D. Smith: Christians two thousand years ago faced very similar challenges. Picking up poet T. S. Eliot’s World War II–era thesis that the future of the West would be determined by a contest between Christianity and “modern paganism,” Smith argues in this book that today’s culture wars can be seen as a reprise of the basic antagonism that pitted pagans against Christians in the Roman Empire. Smith’s Pagans and Christians in the City looks at that historical conflict and explores how the same competing ideas continue to clash today. All of us, Smith shows, have much to learn by observing how patterns from ancient history are reemerging in today’s most controversial issues.


Themelios, Volume 46, Issue 2

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Themelios, Volume 46, Issue 2

Author: D. A. Carson

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1666734691

Genre: Religion

Page: 228

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Book Summary: Themelios is an international, evangelical, peer-reviewed theological journal that expounds and defends the historic Christian faith. Themelios is published three times a year online at The Gospel Coalition (http://thegospelcoalition.org/themelios/) and in print by Wipf and Stock. Its primary audience is theological students and pastors, though scholars read it as well. Themelios began in 1975 and was operated by RTSF/UCCF in the UK, and it became a digital journal operated by The Gospel Coalition in 2008. The editorial team draws participants from across the globe as editors, essayists, and reviewers. General Editor: D. A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School Managing Editor: Brian Tabb, Bethlehem College and Seminary Consulting Editor: Michael J. Ovey, Oak Hill Theological College Administrator: Andrew David Naselli, Bethlehem College and Seminary Book Review Editors: Jerry Hwang, Singapore Bible College; Alan Thompson, Sydney Missionary & Bible College; Nathan A. Finn, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; Hans Madueme, Covenant College; Dane Ortlund, Crossway; Jason Sexton, Golden Gate Baptist Seminary Editorial Board: Gerald Bray, Beeson Divinity School Lee Gatiss, Wales Evangelical School of Theology Paul Helseth, University of Northwestern, St. Paul Paul House, Beeson Divinity School Ken Magnuson, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Jonathan Pennington, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary James Robson, Wycliffe Hall Mark D. Thompson, Moore Theological College Paul Williamson, Moore Theological College Stephen Witmer, Pepperell Christian Fellowship Robert Yarbrough, Covenant Seminary


The Honest Guide to Church Planting

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The Honest Guide to Church Planting

Author: Tom Bennardo

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 031010100X

Genre: Religion

Page: 208

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Book Summary: Church planting has become a cottage industry. National conferences, hip planting organizations, and all-in-one resource kits celebrate the thrill of pioneering a church and inspire visions of glorious victories. Yet few who respond to the call are warned what they'll actually encounter: the relentless opposition they'll endure; the eventual scattering of their entire core group; the failure of their tried-and-true, field-tested system. Here's the dirty little secret of church planting: the roadside is strewn with casualties. Many have closed their churches. Some left ministry permanently. Others abandoned the faith altogether. Church planting is at once the greatest and most grueling ministry work on earth. This book is for those toiling in the trenches, those about to bail out, and those considering jumping in. It's for the church planters laboring and struggling, seeing little movement, and wondering what they're doing wrong or why God is failing them. It's also for mother churches, planting organizations, and denominations, as a challenge to rethink and re-calibrate the way they approach and measure planting endeavors. The Honest Guide to Church Planting is a fresh and candid conversation about the challenges and joys of planting new churches. Tom Bennardo speaks the truth so that those involved in church planting can embrace a more accurate and realistic picture of what planting a church is really like; one that not only enables them to survive, but to thrive in this difficult work.


God’s Megathemes

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God’s Megathemes

Author: Jim Phillips

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1973654032

Genre: Religion

Page: 196

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Book Summary: There are many truths in scripture that are never explicitly stated yet are present in every story in the Bible. For example, we miss God’s best for us when we are disobedient, and when God acts, it always results in the greatest good, for the greatest number, for the longest period of time. But while these and other truths are available for us, there may not always be an explicit chapter and verse of the Bible to consult. In God’s Megathemes, author Jim Phillips identifies over twenty “megathemes” of scripture—those principles, lessons, ideas, and truths that are never explicitly stated but that pervade the Lord’s message to us. Arranged under six major themes for your spiritual growth, these megathemes range from themes of the trustworthiness of God and his Word, the destructiveness of sin, and the goodness of the gospel to what it means to live a Christlike life, how God provides for us, and what kind of adversity we face as followers of Jesus. Knowing these truths will affect your deepest convictions about who God is, what God does, and why he does it. God’s Megathemes will help any who want to know God better to find the spiritual nourishment they need from uncovering the truths of God’s Word.


What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality?

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What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality?

Author: Kevin DeYoung

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433549409

Genre: Religion

Page: 160

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Book Summary: In this timely book, award-winning author Kevin DeYoung challenges each of us—the skeptic and the seeker, the certain and the confused—to take a humble look at God’s Word regarding the issue of homosexuality. After examining key biblical passages in both the Old and New Testaments and the Bible’s overarching teaching regarding sexuality, DeYoung responds to popular objections raised by Christians and non-Christians alike, making this an indispensable resource for thinking through one of the most pressing issues of our day.


Position Papers – October 2021

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Position Papers – October 2021

Author: Position Papers Team

Publisher: Eblana Solutions

ISBN:

Genre: Religion

Page: N.A

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Book Summary: The Flight from Community: How individualism is undermining families, faith and nations. Books reviewed include: Mary Eberstadt’s How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularism Carl R. Trueman’s The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution Robert Putnam’s Making Democracy Work: Civic Traditions in Modern Italy Cardinal Pell’s Prison Journal, vol 2.


Relovutionary

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Relovutionary

Author: Jonathon William King

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1973690039

Genre: Religion

Page: 616

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Book Summary: “RELOVUTIONARY’ clearly demonstrates that Jonny King has something of value to say to the church in these days. I commend his book to you.” —Jeff Crosby, Publisher, InterVarsity Press/USA PHILOSOPHY FOR TRUE HUMAN FLOURISHING Each person without exception is desperate for flourishing. Every individual hungers and aches to live an expression of the good life. This compulsion inside is as automatic as it is intuitive. This general human longing reflects a common drive for meaning, and not just for the Christian. Still, most intimately know they can't entirely do life their way. Whilst the majority readily confess, they haven't the sufficient means, or even the necessary power. After all, look at what happens when a global pandemic shuts down life?! The fact we rarely arrive at contented satisfaction becomes life's own rolling stone. Do you have a present vision? Are you confident of the process? What about any worthwhile or ultimate goal? This living challenge becomes even more practically specific for the Christian. What if someone asked you for the content of a faithful and fruitful life for Christ? What would you say? Now factor in these challenging and confronting cultural times. How would you reply? After all, you sincerely love Jesus, and passionately want to live for Him, which means you're entirely motivated to offer something not only realistic, but true. But can you? The good news is that in your hands contain the opening lines, where RELOVUTIONARY intends to be your own personal guide. Volume One introduces this idea, setting the coordinates for the reader's unfolding navigation. The context is huge, only increasing any anticipation on this series' comprehensive value. This Is Your Life has been genuinely engineered for any curious reader wanting an answer to the absurdity of existence, and for every genuine follower of Jesus Christ, determined to live a life worthy of His calling. There is no greater promise or purpose than living for Jesus-no matter age, stage, time, or place-which means there should be no further reading delay. WELCOME TO THE LIFE: RELOVUXIONARY