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This book attempts to explain why Christianity, as a movement, never tolerated dissent, either externally or internally, making it one of the bloodiest forces for totalitarianism in history. Much of the book's 540,000 words, in two volumes, are quotes from primary sources of Christian history from the 1st to the 21st centuries as well as some scholarly and non-Christian sources, with contextual background information provided where necessary. It lets Christians explain in their own words how the Christian worldview is that the Earth is a cosmic battleground between God and Satan, with every person a soldier of one or the other, so that all non-Christians and the "wrong" kinds of Christians are considered perpetual enemies. This worldview is illustrated in chapters on Christianity's paranoid, authoritarian, anti-intellectual, apocalyptic and militant attitudes, the driving forces of Christian violence. It surveys the laws Christian governments used to suppress dissent, quoting many laws from the Roman Empire through Tudor England to the New England Puritans and other Colonial American and post-1776 sources. It reviews how the five attitudes generated hostility and violence against specific groups: The genocidal extermination of European pagans; the kidnappings of American Indian children in the 19th and 20th centuries in Canada and the United States to save them from "heathenism"; the brutal repression of "heresy," as defined by the Christian majority in any given time and place; the centuries of oppression of Jews by Christian governments; and the horrendous violence and discrimination from the 16th century onward between Protestants and Roman Catholics. One chapter shows how anti-paganism created African slavery and racism in England's colonies and the United States. This was basically a continuation of the "cleansing" of pagans from Europe, thence carried to the Americas, Africa and Asia. It ends with chapters on the war against church-state separation and "atheism," as Christians defined it, in the 19th and 20th centuries, including the effects of that conflict on antisemitism, and the very bloody consequences of that war in the 20th century all across Europe. All quotes and other material are footnoted, about 4,500 footnotes, so readers can check the original sources and read more on their own. I am not a professional historian, but I was a reporter or editor on daily newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texarkana for 40 years before I retired. I used my research, writing and editing skills to create this book, backed by about 30 years of research.

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Author: William Sierichs, Jr
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Release: 2020-05-23
File: 468 Pages
ISBN-13: 1977219306

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Christian Essentials Made Plain and Simple God doesn’t call every Christian to go off to seminary, but there are certain matters of doctrine—that is, the church’s teaching—that every Christian simply must know. Theology is important because what we believe affects how we live. If you’re a relatively new believer in Jesus, or if you’re a more mature Christian looking for a quick brush-up on basics of the faith, Christian Beliefs is for you. This readable guide to twenty basic Christian beliefs is a condensation of Wayne Grudem’s award-winning book on systematic theology, prized by pastors and teachers everywhere. He and his son, Elliot, have boiled down the essentials of Christian theology for the average layperson and made them both clear and applicable to life. You will learn about the Bible, the characteristics of God, what it means that we are created in the image of God, what God has done for us in Christ, the purpose of the church, and much more. Each chapter includes questions for personal review or group discussion. These truly are twenty basic beliefs that every Christian should know. Wayne Grudem is a master teacher with the ability to explain profound truths in simple language. He is a man of deep conviction and theological passion—and those who read this book will be both educated and encouraged in the faith. R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky Based on Systematic Theology, this summary will certainly help beginners with Christ to get the hang of their faith. J. I. Packer, Regent College, Vancouver, British Columbia As Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology contracts into a compact book, I do not lose my enthusiasm for the truth he loves and the clarity of his words. John Piper, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota

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Genre: Religion
Author: Wayne A. Grudem
Publisher: Zondervan
Release: 2009-03-17
File: 160 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780310322092

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Heikki Risnen offers a historical survey of the roots and first growth of the thoughts, values, and practices of the early Christians and explains the evolution of Christian belief in terms of vital adaptations to specific challenges. An ideal textbook for university introductory courses on the New Testament and Early Christianity, The Rise of Christian Beliefs offers chapters discussing paradigmatic events the life and death of Jesus and experiences of Easter, principal figures and groups, last things and afterlife, savior figures and the human condition, ethnicity, identity, and morality, and ritual community life.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Heikki Räisänen
Publisher: Fortress Press
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File: 479 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781451409536

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Paul Badham
Publisher: Springer
Release: 1976-06-18
File: 174 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781349030132

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Christian Beliefs is designed for those who desire a basic understanding of Christian life and thought. It can be used for personal and family study and devotion. However, it is most appropriate for instruction in Christian doctrine in a congregational setting. Any believer or non-believer should find this small volume to be useful in the discovery of meaning for living the good life.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: J. Deotis Roberts
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2008-06-30
File: 160 Pages
ISBN-13: 143912261X

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Clements provides a detailed study of religious beliefs in British society, using a broad range of opinion poll and social survey data. Examining public opinion on religious-secular issues, this book provides a rich analysis of the belief and attitudes of social groups over time.

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Genre: Social Science
Author: B. Clements
Publisher: Springer
Release: 2016-01-26
File: 144 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781137506573

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Transcendental Arguments and Justified Christian Belief offers an extended discussion of the characteristics of transcendental arguments and the philosophical objections that have been leveled against them. Author Ronney Mourad provides a comprehensive review of the recent philosophical literature concerning the definition and possibility of transcendental arguments and defends original positions on these issues. One function of transcendental arguments is to identify beliefs or propositions implied by any possible act of assertion. Anyone who denies the conclusions of a sound transcendental argument, defined in this way, simultaneously implies the truth of those conclusions by asserting the denial. Therefore, a sound transcendental argument produces conclusions that are distinctively universal and resistant to criticism. This book also applies transcendental argumentation to epistemological questions in Christian theology. Can Christians justify their religious beliefs? Do they even need to try? The work of Karl-Otto Apel and Franklin Gamwell serves as the starting point for the development of a transcendentally grounded conception of epistemic justification. The final chapters argue, in conversation with Schubert Ogden and Alvin Plantinga, that the obligations of epistemic justification revealed by transcendental arguments bear several implications for theological method.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Ronney Mourad
Publisher: University Press of America
Release: 2005
File: 159 Pages
ISBN-13: 0761830324

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You grew up using the well known black and yellow striped Cliff's Notes to help you grasp everything from great literary works to algebra. Unfortunately, what ""Cliff"" forgot was the greatest literary work in history: the complete Holy Bible. Enjoy the ease of understanding the Bible like never before, book by book. Shepherd's notes helps reader's learn about the inspired authors of the Bible books and when and where they were first penned. Each Bible book is revealed in simple understandable steps that outline and underscore the focal points and personalities of the biblical text. You'll look to these unique books for their use in Bible studies, teaching, personal devotions and even in sermon preparation! Christian and home schools will find Shepherd's Notes an invaluable resource.

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Genre: Religion
Author: David S. Dockery
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Release: 2010-10-01
File: 88 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781433670862

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In this twelve-session LifeGuide® Bible Study, Stephen Eyre introduces what you need to know about God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, human nature, sin, salvation, holiness, the church, mission, revelation and the last things.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Stephen Eyre
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Release: 2001-01-25
File: 80 Pages
ISBN-13: 0830830618

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Is truth knowable? If we know the truth, must we hide it in the name of tolerance? Cardinal Ratzinger engages the problem of truth, tolerance, religion and culture in the modern world. Describing the vast array of world religions, Ratzinger embraces the difficult challenge of meeting diverse understandings of spiritual truth while defending the Catholic teaching of salvation through Jesus Christ. "But what if it is true?" is the question that he poses to cultures that decry the Christian position on man's redemption. Upholding the notion of religious truth while asserting the right of religious freedom, Cardinal Ratzinger outlines the timeless teaching of the Magisterium in language that resonates with our embattled culture. A work of extreme sensitivity, understanding, and spiritual maturity, this book is an invaluable asset to those who struggle to hear the voice of truth in the modern religious world. "Beyond all particular questions, the real problem lies in the question about truth. Can truth be recognized? Or, is the question about truth simply inappropriate in the realm of religion and belief? But what meaning does belief then have, what positive meaning does religion have, if it cannot be connected with truth?" —Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger From the Preface

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Genre: Religion
Author: Pope Benedict XVI
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Release: 2004
File: 280 Pages
ISBN-13: 158617035X

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