God's Presence: A Contemporary Recapitulation of Early by Frances Young

By Frances Young

In 2011, Frances younger added the Bampton Lectures in Oxford to nice acclaim. She provided a scientific theology with modern coherence, through carrying out dialog with the fathers of the church - those that laid down the parameters of Christian theology and enshrined key innovations within the creeds - and exploring how their teachings may be utilized this day, regardless of the diversities in our highbrow and ecclesial environments. This booklet effects from an intensive rewriting of these lectures during which younger explores the major subject matters of Christian doctrine in a manner that's neither easily dogmatic nor easily historic. She addresses the congruence of head and center, via educational and religious engagement with God's gracious lodging to human boundaries. Christianity and biblical interpretation are mentioned intensive, and the publication covers key themes together with production, anthropology, Christology, soteriology, spirituality, ecclesiology and Mariology, making it important to these learning old and optimistic theology.

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W. Butterworth (London: SPCK 1936, reprinted Gloucester, MA: Peter Smith, 1973). Joseph W. Trigg, Origen: The Bible and Philosophy in the Third-Century Church (London: SCM Press, 1983), pp. 91–2. the first principles of christian theology words and teaching of Christ; for him that includes Moses and the prophets. He notes that many who profess to believe have conflicting opinions about substantial matters, not just trivia. So a definite rule is needed, and he finds that canon in the tradition handed down from the apostles.

The scholar endeavours to be ‘objective’ in making these assessments. Such is the ‘professional’ biblical scholarship, often now erroneously called ‘traditional’, current from early in the nineteenth century until the late twentieth century, and still predominating in academic publications. The scholar focuses on chapter 11, noting the historically more plausible sequence of events in the synoptics. ’ r There is the oddity of Jesus’ deliberate delay in responding to the message about Lazarus’ illness.

For this reason the homily, based on scripture and delivered in the context of worship, should be regarded as the principal locus of creative, theological engagement – which takes us back to where we began: the preacher, taking up the Bible and opening at the Gospel lection set for the following Sunday, pondering . . The preacher, this time, had been asked to preach in what was then known as Mental Handicap week. As the parent of a son born with profound learning disabilities, the preacher would speak out of experience – indeed, the pressure of the occasion would inspire an initial breakthrough, from the struggle to maintain faith despite the family’s predicament, to seeing this as gift, as privileged access to the deepest truths of Christianity.

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