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By the renewing of your minds : the pastoral function of Christian doctrine / Ellen T. Charry.

By: Material type: TextTextPublication details: New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 280 pages)Content type:
  • text
Media type:
  • computer
Carrier type:
  • online resource
ISBN:
  • 9780199761098
  • 0199761094
  • 0585279004
  • 9780585279008
  • 9780195134865
  • 0195134869
  • 9780199880058
  • 0199880050
Subject(s): DDC classification:
  • 230/.09 20
LOC classification:
  • BT22 .C45 1999eb
Online resources:
Contents:
Introduction. The art of Christian excellence -- New Testament foundations. Co-optation into the work of God : Paul and his school ; Authoritative teaching : the Sermon on the Mount -- Patristic voices. Defeating the fear of death : Athanasius of Alexandria ; Drinking in the majesty and grace of God : Basil of Caesarea ; Dwelling in the dignity of God : Augustine of Hippo -- Medieval piety. Learning the cross of Christ : Anselm of Canterbury ; Learning love and justice : St. Thomas and Dame Julian -- Sixteenth-century reform. "By the renewing of your minds" : John Calvin -- Conclusion. Sapiential theology.
Summary: Annotation This book develops the thesis that classical Christian theology seeks to help believers flourish by knowing and loving God. Ellen Charry argues this premise by example, offering a close reading of a number of classical texts, from the New Testament era to the Reformation, including works ofPaul, Augustine, Athanasius, Basil of Caesarea, Anselm, and Calvin. She points out the pastoral and moral aims that shape the teachings of these theologians on a wide range of topics, including the Trinity; human beings as created in the image of God; the incorporation of Jews and Gentiles into thebody of Christ in baptism; the incarnation, death, and resurrection of Christ; and the divinity of the Holy Spirit. Charry explains that the very logic of their arguments is shaped by the author's concern for the goodness and happiness that should result from living into the doctrines. She furthershows that although the spiritual and pastoral purposes of these writings are many and complex, they are invariably concerned to foster what modern people can, without difficulty, recognize as human dignity--what she calls "excellence"--In action, affection, and self-appraisal.
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Includes bibliographical references index.

Introduction. The art of Christian excellence -- New Testament foundations. Co-optation into the work of God : Paul and his school ; Authoritative teaching : the Sermon on the Mount -- Patristic voices. Defeating the fear of death : Athanasius of Alexandria ; Drinking in the majesty and grace of God : Basil of Caesarea ; Dwelling in the dignity of God : Augustine of Hippo -- Medieval piety. Learning the cross of Christ : Anselm of Canterbury ; Learning love and justice : St. Thomas and Dame Julian -- Sixteenth-century reform. "By the renewing of your minds" : John Calvin -- Conclusion. Sapiential theology.

Annotation This book develops the thesis that classical Christian theology seeks to help believers flourish by knowing and loving God. Ellen Charry argues this premise by example, offering a close reading of a number of classical texts, from the New Testament era to the Reformation, including works ofPaul, Augustine, Athanasius, Basil of Caesarea, Anselm, and Calvin. She points out the pastoral and moral aims that shape the teachings of these theologians on a wide range of topics, including the Trinity; human beings as created in the image of God; the incorporation of Jews and Gentiles into thebody of Christ in baptism; the incarnation, death, and resurrection of Christ; and the divinity of the Holy Spirit. Charry explains that the very logic of their arguments is shaped by the author's concern for the goodness and happiness that should result from living into the doctrines. She furthershows that although the spiritual and pastoral purposes of these writings are many and complex, they are invariably concerned to foster what modern people can, without difficulty, recognize as human dignity--what she calls "excellence"--In action, affection, and self-appraisal.

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