Christianity: A Beginner’s Guide (Oneworld Beginner’s by Keith Ward

By Keith Ward

With over billion adherents world wide, Christianity is the world’s greatest faith. even though, with a mess of denominations, and an enormous number of critiques on lots of its important tenets, it may be tricky to procure a balanced evaluate of the religion. popular theologian and bestselling writer Keith Ward attracts from his immense array of expertise and data to supply a different and authoritative advent for the easily curious and for these looking a deeper realizing of this advanced religion. reading differing Christian views on fifteen significant topics which diversity from construction to conceptions of the Trinity, Ward finds a faith that is united through a typical trust, regardless of being stunningly multifaceted, as he encourages readers to imagine creatively a couple of culture whose impression has been felt within the such a lot distant parts of the planet.

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Christians would say that an important part of the history of humanity is the story of how God seeks to liberate humans from selfish desire and invites them to share in the power of the divine love. qxd 7/31/2007 12:00 PM Page 46 6 Jesus, the incarnation of God If God is to be the Saviour of ‘fallen’ humanity, then God must act to show humans the nature of sin, to show them the divine love, and to liberate people from sin. On the planet earth, Christians believe that God acted to do this specifically in the person of Jesus.

That is a typical belief of Gnosticism, from which early Christian thinkers tried to distance themselves. Rather, for Christians the body should be the physical expression of the soul, and each soul is meant to be embodied, in order to learn and to act in a material environment. qxd 7/31/2007 12:01 PM Page 31 The soul 31 brain, which has been prepared over millions of years of cosmic evolution precisely for that purpose. Souls then have the responsibility of caring for and guarding their physical environment, and making it a place of beauty and goodness.

At the same time, and very ironically, Sartre gave what is probably one of the most effective depictions of Hell in modern literature, in his play Huis Clos, translated as ‘No Exit’. In that play, three characters are shut in a room with each other, and locked in a perpetual battle of hatred and fear. qxd 7/31/2007 12:00 PM Page 37 Sin and ‘the Fall’ 37 they see the others either as seeking to devour them, or as objects to be devoured, and so they are torn between fear and contempt. They seek to live their lives through the eyes of the others, to obtain status and regard.

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