Catholics and Protestants

Catholics and Protestants Author Peter Kreeft, Ph.D.
ISBN-10 9781621641018
Year 2017-03-20
Pages 208
Language en
Publisher Ignatius Press
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The widely read author and philosopher Peter Kreeft presents a unique book that focuses on the important beliefs that Catholics and Protestants share in common. He says this book is inspired by Christ's high priestly prayer in the Gospel of John "that they may be one," and by St. John Paul II's ecumenical encyclical, Ut Unum Sint, which is also based on Christ's prayer for unity. While there are still significant differences, Kreeft says that there has been a radical step of agreement on the single most important issue, justification. Kreeft says the style of the book is that of Pascal, Nietzsche, Solomon, and Jesus: short answers, single points to ponder rather than long strings of argument. It is direct, simple, and confrontational, but vertically rather than horizontally, "directing arrows not against each other (Protestant or Catholic) but against our own hearts and minds and wills." It is timely because, as Pope St. John Paul II said, this next millennium is destined to be the millennium of Christian reunification as the first millennium was that of Christian unity, and the second one of Christian disunity. Above all, Kreeft says that this work is simple, not easy, or obvious, but condensed. It – like all of reality – is Christocentric. Its purpose is to be "like an Australian sheep dog, herding and hectoring Christ's separated sheep back to His face. For that is the only way they can ever return back to each other."

Zen and the Birds of Appetite

Zen and the Birds of Appetite Author Thomas Merton
ISBN-10 9780811219723
Year 2010-07-27
Pages 144
Language en
Publisher New Directions Publishing
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Merton, one of the rare Western thinkers able to feel at home in the philosophies of the East, made the wisdom of Asia available to Westerners. "Zen enriches no one," Thomas Merton provocatively writes in his opening statement to Zen and the Birds of Appetite--one of the last books to be published before his death in 1968. "There is no body to be found. The birds may come and circle for a while... but they soon go elsewhere. When they are gone, the 'nothing,' the 'no-body' that was there, suddenly appears. That is Zen. It was there all the time but the scavengers missed it, because it was not their kind of prey." This gets at the humor, paradox, and joy that one feels in Merton's discoveries of Zen during the last years of his life, a joy very much present in this collection of essays. Exploring the relationship between Christianity and Zen, especially through his dialogue with the great Zen teacher D.T. Suzuki, the book makes an excellent introduction to a comparative study of these two traditions, as well as giving the reader a strong taste of the mature Merton. Never does one feel him losing his own faith in these pages; rather one feels that faith getting deeply clarified and affirmed. Just as the body of "Zen" cannot be found by the scavengers, so too, Merton suggests, with the eternal truth of Christ.

As Pilgrims Progress Learning how Christians can walk hand in hand when they don t see eye to eye

As Pilgrims Progress   Learning how Christians can walk hand in hand when they don t see eye to eye Author Stephen John March
ISBN-10 9781326004927
Year 2014-09-15
Pages 224
Language en
Publisher Lulu.com
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This book seeks to help Christians from different traditions understand the mechanisms that have given rise to their diversity, to help them learn how to understand and appreciate each other in their difference and, also offer practical guidelines which will enable disparate Christians to work and worship together in a common mission; to worship God and to make Him known.

Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding

Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding Author Roger Mac Ginty
ISBN-10 9781135082123
Year 2013-02-15
Pages 416
Language en
Publisher Routledge
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This new Routledge Handbook offers a comprehensive, state-of-the-art overview of the meanings and uses of the term ‘peacebuilding’, and presents cutting-edge debates on the practices conducted in the name of peacebuilding. The term ‘peacebuilding’ has had remarkable staying power. Other terms, such as ‘conflict resolution’ have waned in popularity, while the acceptance and use of the term ‘peacebuilding’ has grown to the extent that it is the hegemonic and over-arching term for many forms of mediation, reconciliation and strategies to induce peace. Despite this, however, it is rarely defined and often used to mean different things to different audiences. Routledge Handbook of Peacebuilding aims to be a one-stop comprehensive resource on the literature and practices of contemporary peacebuilding. The book is organised into six key sections: Section 1: Reading peacebuilding Section 2: Approaches and cross-cutting themes Section 3: Disciplinary approaches to peacebuilding Section 4: Violence and security Section 5: Everyday living and peacebuilding Section 6: The infrastructure of peacebuilding This new Handbook will be essential reading for students of peacebuilding, mediation and post-conflict reconstruction, and of great interest to students of statebuilding, intervention, civil wars, conflict resolution, war and conflict studies and IR in general.

Gargantua and Pantagruel

Gargantua and Pantagruel Author François Rabelais
ISBN-10 0760763143
Year 2005-01-01
Pages 707
Language en
Publisher Barnes & Noble Publishing
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The World Literature series reproduces the greatest books the world over with only the highest production standards. History, philosophy, psychology, political theory, fiction, and ancient texts are now accessible to everyone at an extremely affordable price.

Unlearning Protestantism

Unlearning Protestantism Author Gerald W. Schlabach
ISBN-10 1441212639
Year 2010-04-01
Pages 272
Language en
Publisher Brazos Press
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In this clearly written and insightful book, Gerald Schlabach addresses the "Protestant dilemma" in ecclesiology: how to build lasting Christian community in a world of individualism and transience. Schlabach, a former Mennonite who is now Catholic, seeks not to encourage readers to abandon Protestant churches but to relearn some of the virtues that all Christian communities need to sustain their communal lives. He offers a vision for the right and faithful roles of authority, stability, and loyal dissent in Christian communal life. The book deals with issues that transcend denominations and will appeal to all readers, both Catholic and Protestant, interested in sustaining Christian tradition and community over time.

Receptive Ecumenism and the Call to Catholic Learning

Receptive Ecumenism and the Call to Catholic Learning Author Paul Murray
ISBN-10 9780191615290
Year 2010-05-06
Pages 576
Language en
Publisher OUP Oxford
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This volume proposes a fresh strategy for ecumenical engagement - 'Receptive Ecumenism' - that is fitted to the challenges of the contemporary context and has already been internationally recognised as making a distinctive and important new contribution to ecumenical thought and practice. Beyond this, the volume tests and illustrates this proposal by examining what Roman Catholicism in particular might fruitfully learn from its ecumenical others. Challenging the tendency for ecumenical studies to ask, whether explicitly or implicitly, 'What do our others need to learn from us?', this volume presents a radical challenge to see ecumenism move forward into action by highlighting the opposite question 'What can we learn with integrity from our others?' This approach is not simply ecumenism as shared mission, or ecumenism as problem-solving and incremental agreement but ecumenism as a vital long-term programme of individual, communal and structural conversion driven, like the Gospel that inspires it, by the promise of conversion into greater life and flourishing. The aim is for the Christian traditions to become more, not less, than they currently are by learning from, or receiving of, each other's gifts. The 32 original essays that have been written for this unique volume explore these issues from a wide variety of denominational and disciplinary perspectives, drawing together ecclesiologists, professional ecumenists, sociologists, psychologists, and organizational experts.

Fish on a Bicycle Evolution of a Bottom Feeder

Fish on a Bicycle Evolution of a Bottom Feeder Author Kerry Bunnard
ISBN-10 9781609110161
Year 2010-03
Pages 218
Language en
Publisher Strategic Book Publishing
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The next time you see a fish symbol on a car, think of Fish on a Bicycle. This spiritual memoir by Kerry Bunnard is one man's journey toward finding his spiritual center. In his own words: "I was a successful businessman with a loving wife and daughters, but was miserable, almost suicidal. I couldn't make my life on the outside match up with how I felt on the inside. I rejected organized religion but longed for a relationship with God/Spirit. One day I had an epiphany of supernatural proportions that forced me to go in search of myself, my spiritual self. I discovered a well kept secret, my own connection with God that allowed me (or anyone) to have an individual relationship with God/Spirit. I want to share this experience with the hope that others will find their own connection if they desire one. This book will give them a place to start or an alternative to cultural or traditional options."

Encounters with Orthodoxy

Encounters with Orthodoxy Author John P. Burgess
ISBN-10 9780664235901
Year 2013
Pages 226
Language en
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
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When author and theologian John P. Burgess first travelled to Russia, he was hoping to expand his theological horizons and explore the rebirth of the Orthodox Church since the fall of Communism. But what he found changed some fundamental assumptions about his own tradition of North American Protestantism. In this book, Burgess looks to Orthodoxy to help the North American Protestant church„which has seen membership decline to below 50% of the population for the first time„find new ways to worship, teach, and spread its message. He considers Orthodox rituals, icons, the attention to saints and miracles, monastic life, and Eucharistic theology and practice. He then explores whether and how Protestants can use these elements of Orthodoxy to help revitalize the mainline church. Burgess helpfully demonstrates the ways in which Orthodoxy calls us back to what is most important in Christian faith and life.