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  • Crossing Cultures With The Gospel


    Southwestern Journal of Theology 2023 Book Award (Honorable Mention, Evangelism/Missions/Global Church)

    Drawing on forty years of teaching and mission experience, leading missiological anthropologist Darrell Whiteman brings a wealth of insight to bear on cross-cultural ministry.

    After explaining the nature and function of culture and the importance of understanding culture for ministry, Whiteman addresses the most common challenges of ministering across cultures. He then provides practical solutions based on lived experience, helping readers develop healthy patterns so they can communicate the gospel effectively. Issues addressed include negotiating differences in worldview, the problem of nonverbal communication, understanding cultural forms and their meanings, and the challenge of overcoming culture shock.

    Professors, students, and anyone ministering cross-culturally will benefit from this informed yet accessible guide. Foreword by Miriam Adeney.

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  • Addressed By The Word


    This book explores Eduard Thurneysen’s theology of being human. As theology arising from the central event of God’s living address to the church, Thurneysen’s theological anthropology is deeply practical and richly pastoral.

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  • Low Anthropology


    Many of us spend our days feeling like we’re the only one with problems, while everyone else has their act together. But the sooner we realize that everyone struggles like we do, the sooner we can show grace to ourselves and others.

    In Low Anthropology, popular author and pastor David Zahl explores how our ideas about human nature influence our expectations in friendship, work, marriage, and politics. We all go through life with an “anthropology”–ideas about what human beings are like, our potentials and our limitations. A high anthropology can breed perfectionism, anxiety, burnout, loneliness, and resentment. Meanwhile, Zahl invites readers into a biblically rooted and life-giving low anthropology, which fosters hope, deep connection with others, lasting love, vulnerability, compassion, and happiness.

    Zahl offers a liberating view of human nature, sin, and grace, showing why the good news of Christianity is both urgent and appealing. By embracing a more accurate view of human beings, readers will discover a lasting hope for others–and themselves.

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  • Studying The Image


    The field of anthropology provides rich insights into the world of people and cultures. But it also presents challenges for Christians in the areas of cultural relativism, evolutionary theory, race and ethnicity, forms of the family, governments and war, life in the global economy, the morality of art, and religious pluralism. Most significantly it raises questions regarding the truth and how we can know it. This book provides the opportunity to investigate such questions with both the informed understanding of anthropological theory and ethnography, and the larger framework and commitment of Christian biblical and theological studies. So equipped, readers are encouraged to investigate for themselves the depths and intricacies of topics in anthropology that are especially relevant for Christians.

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  • Studying The Image


    The field of anthropology provides rich insights into the world of people and cultures. But it also presents challenges for Christians in the areas of cultural relativism, evolutionary theory, race and ethnicity, forms of the family, governments and war, life in the global economy, the morality of art, and religious pluralism. Most significantly it raises questions regarding the truth and how we can know it. This book provides the opportunity to investigate such questions with both the informed understanding of anthropological theory and ethnography, and the larger framework and commitment of Christian biblical and theological studies. So equipped, readers are encouraged to investigate for themselves the depths and intricacies of topics in anthropology that are especially relevant for Christians.

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  • Understanding Scientific Theories Of Origins


    List Of Figures
    List Of Tables
    List Of Sidebars

    Part 1: Getting Started On The Journey
    1. Principles And Methods Of Biblical Interpretation (John H. Walton)
    2. A Comprehensive Doctrine Of Creation And Implications For Scientific Study (Robert C. Bishop)
    3. Knowledge And Faith In Pursuing Origins Questions (Robert C. Bishop)
    4. Creation Through The Lenses Of Science And Theology (Robert C. Bishop)

    Part 2: Cosmic Origins
    5. Cosmic Origins: Genesis 1:1-2:4 (John H. Walton)
    6. Electromagnetic Radiation And The Scale Of The Universe (Robert C. Bishop)
    7. The Expanding Universe (Robert C. Bishop)
    8. The Big Bang Model And Contemporary Cosmology (Robert C. Bishop)
    9. Lives And Deaths Of Stars And Fine-Tuning (Robert C. Bishop)
    10. Biblical And Theological Perspectives On The Origins Of The Universe (Robert C. Bishop)

    Part 3: Origin And Geologic History Of Earth
    11. Origin Of The Earth And Solar System (Stephen O. Moshier)
    12. Historical Roots Of Geology: Catastrophism And Uniformitarianism (Stephen O. Moshier)
    13. The Genesis Flood (John H. Walton)
    14. The Rock Cycle And Timescales Of Geologic Processes (Stephen O. Moshier)
    15. Rocks Of Ages: Measuring Geologic Time (Stephen O. Moshier)
    16. Plate Tectonics: A Theory For How The Earth Works (Stephen O. Moshier)
    17. Reading Earth’s History In Rocks And Fossils (Stephen O. Moshier)
    18. Biblical And Theological Perspectives On Earth History (Stephen O. Moshier And Robert C. Bishop)

    Part 4: Origin Of Life On Earth
    19. From Spontaneous Generation To Abiogenesis (Larry L. Funck)
    20. Prebiotic Chemistry: Preparing The Primordial Soup (Larry L. Funck)
    21. Biological Information: Proteins And Nucleic Acids (Larry L. Funck)
    22. Alternative Scenarios For Life’s Origin (Larry L. Funck)
    23. Biblical And Theological Perspectives On The Origin Of Life (Larry L. Funck)

    Part 5: Origin Of Species And Diversity Of Life
    24. Development Of The Theory Of Evolution (Raymond J. Lewis)
    25. The Modern Synthesis Of Evolution (Raymond J. Lewis)
    26. Exploring The Evidence About Evolution: Phylogeny And Fossils (Raymond J. Lewis)
    27. Development Of An Extended Synthesis Of Evolution (Raymond J. Lewis)
    28. Biblical And Theological Perspectives On The Origin Of The Diversity Of Life (Raymond J. Lewis And Robert C. Bishop)

    Part 6: Human Origins
    29. Human Origins: Genesis 2-3 (John H. Walton)
    30. Human Origins: Evidence From Physical Anthropology (Stephen O. Moshier)

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    The question of origins remains a stumbling block for many. But just as the Psalmist gained insight into God’s character through the observation of nature, modern scientific study can deepen and enrich our vision of the Creator and our place in his creation. In this often contentious field Bishop, Funck, Lewis, Moshier, and Walton serve as our able guides.

    Based on over two decades of teaching origins together in the classroom, the authors present a textbook exploring mainstream scientific theories of origins in astronomy, cosmology, chemistry, geology, biology, physical anthropology, and genetics. While many authors engage origins from a Christian perspective, this is the first work offering a full-fledged discussion of the scientific narrative of origins, from the Big Bang through humankind, accessible to a lay audience in biblical and theological perspective.

    Topics include

    Principles of biblical interpretation
    Close readings of relevant Genesis texts
    A comprehensive Trinitarian doctrine of creation
    Cosmic origins
    The geologic history of Earth
    The origin of life on Earth
    The origin of species and diversity of life
    Human origins
    New creation and creation care
    Science education

    Rather than the familiar scenario where science and faith compete, this book seeks to diffuse tensions by taking the inspiration and authority of the Bible seriously while respecting and honoring God’s revelation through creation. Understanding Scientific Theories of Origins gives the reader a detailed picture of the sciences of origins along with how they fit into the story of God’s creative and redemptive action.

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  • Reciprocating Self : Human Developments In Theological Perspective (Revised)


    14 Chapters

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    Jack O. Balswick, Pamela Ebstyne King and Kevin S. Reimer present a model of human development that ranges across all of life’s stages. This revised second edition engages new research from evolutionary psychology, developmental neuroscience and positive psychology.

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  • Image Of God In An Image Driven Age


    Beth Felker Jones And Jeffrey W. Barbeau
    Zola, Imago Dei, On Her First Birthday
    Jill Pelaez Baumgaertner
    Brett Foster

    Part I: Canon
    1. “In The Image Of God He Created Them”: How Genesis 1:26-27 Defines The Divine-Human Relationship And Why It Matters
    Catherine McDowell
    2. Poised Between Life And Death: The Imago Dei After Eden
    William A. Dyrness
    3. “True Righteousness And Holiness”: The Image Of God In The New Testament
    Craig L. Blomberg

    Part II: Culture
    4. Uncovering Christ: Sexuality In The Image Of The Invisible God
    Timothy R. Gaines And Shawna Songer Gaines
    5. Culture Breaking: In Praise Of Iconoclasm
    Matthew J. Milliner
    6. Carrying The Fire, Bearing The Image: Theological Reflections On Cormac McCarthy’s The Road
    Christina Bieber Lake

    Part III: Vision
    7. What Does It Mean To See Someone? Icons And Identity
    Ian A. McFarland
    8. Image, Spirit And Theosis: Imaging God In An Image-Distorting World
    Daniela C. Augustine
    9. The God Of Creative Address: Creation, Christology And Ethics
    Janet Soskice

    Part IV: Witness
    10. The Sin Of Racism: Racialization Of The Image Of God
    Soong-Chan Rah
    11. Witnessing In Freedom: Resisting Commodification Of The Image
    Beth Felker Jones
    12. The Storm Of Images: The Image Of God In Global Faith
    Philip Jenkins

    List Of Contributors

    Additional Info
    Whether on the printed page, the television screen or the digital app, we live in a world saturated with images. Some images help shape our understanding of ourselves and the world around us in positive ways, while others lead us astray and distort our relationships. Christians confess that human beings have been created in the image of God, yet we chose to rebel against that God and so became unfaithful bearers of God’s image. The good news of the gospel is that Jesus, who is the image of God, restores the divine image in us, partially now and fully in the day to come. The essays collected in The Image of God in an Image Driven Age explore the intersection of theology and culture. With topics ranging across biblical exegesis, the art gallery, Cormac McCarthy, racism, sexuality and theosis, the contributors to this volume offer a unified vision-ecumenical in nature and catholic in spirit-of what it means to be truly human and created in the divine image in the world today. This collection from the 2015 Wheaton Theology Conference includes contributions by Daniela C. Augustine, Craig L. Blomberg, William A. Dyrness, Timothy R. Gaines and Shawna Songer Gaines, Phillip Jenkins, Beth Felker Jones, Christina Bieber Lake, Catherine McDowell, Ian A. McFarland, Matthew J. Milliner, Soong-Chan Rah and Janet Soskice, as well as original poems by Jill Pelaez Baumgaertner and Brett Foster.

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  • Entryway Into Yesteryears


    : “Entryway Into Yesteryears” is the history of where we came from. A soul woke inside Shari Harris’s mind and told her the words of God, peace, and love and understanding each other. This is the story of God Christ and His brother, Lord Christ.

    Shari started off writing this book for her niece but ended up writing the words of God. God told her to write His words about where we came from and where we go when we die. She asked God why He picked her. God said to trust Him.

    This story is how the world came to be from a single hollow rock to Planet Earth. God showed her Heaven, a place of peace and love. This is the story of our yesteryears.

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  • Pauls Eschatological Anthropology


    SKU (ISBN): 9781506408149ISBN10: 1506408141Sarah HardingBinding: Cloth TextPublished: February 2016Emerging ScholarsPublisher: Augsburg Fortress Publishers – 1517 Media Print On Demand Product

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  • Consider Leviathan : Narratives Of Nature And The Self In Job


    1. Consider The Ostrich
    2. Eco-Anthropologies Of Wisdom In The Hebrew Bible
    3. Eco-Anthropologies In The Joban Dialogues
    4. Eco-Anthropologies In The Joban God-Speech
    5. Natural Theologies Of The Post-Exilic Self In Job
    Epilogue: The New Nature And The New Self

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    Theologians and philosophers are turning again to questions of the meaning, or non-meaning, of the natural world for human self-understanding. Brian R. Doak observes that the book of Job, more than any other book in the Bible, uses metaphors drawn from the natural world, especially of plants and animals, as raw material for thinking about human suffering. Doak argues that Job should be viewed as an anthropological “ground zero” for the traumatic definition of the post-exilic human self in ancient Israel. Furthermore, the battered shape of the Joban experience should provide a starting point for reconfiguring our thinking about “natural theology” as a category of intellectual history in the ancient world.

    Doak examines how the development of the human subject is portrayed in the biblical text in either radical continuity or discontinuity with plants and animals. Consider Leviathan explores the text at the intersection of anthropology, theology, and ecology, opening up new possibilities for charting the view of nature in the Hebrew Bible.

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  • Human Being : A Theological Anthropology


    Comprehensive theological study of what it means to be human

    This overview of Christian anthropology by Hans Schwarz uniquely emphasizes three things: (1) the biblical testimony, (2) the historical unfolding of Christian anthropology through the centuries, and (3) the present affirmation of Christian anthropology in view of rival options and current scientific evidence.

    Schwarz begins by elucidating the special place occupied by human beings in the world, then ponders the complex issue of human freedom, and concludes by investigating humanity as a community of men and women in this world and in the world beyond. While maintaining a strong biblical orientation, Schwarz draws on a wide range of resources, including philosophy and the natural sciences, in order to map out what it means to be human.

    Schwarz’s Human Being will interest anyone who is concerned with how in the face of fascinating scientific insights we can intelligently talk today about human sinfulness, human freedom, and human beings as children of the God who created us.

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  • Theology Spirituality And Mental Health


    Theology, Spirituality and Mental Health provides reflections from leading international scholars and practitioners in theology, anthropology, philosophy and psychiatry as to the nature of spirituality and its relevance to constructions of mental disorder and mental healthcare. Key issues are explored in depth, including the nature of spirituality and recent debates concerning its importance in contemporary psychiatric practice, relationship between demons and wellbeing in ancient religious texts and contemporary practice, religious conversion, and the nature and importance of myth and theology in shaping human self understanding. These are used as a basis for exploring some of the overarching intellectual and practical issues that arise when different disciplines engage together with an attempt to better understand the relationship between spirituality and mental health and translate their findings into mental healthcare practice.

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  • Perspectives On Ecclesiology And Ethnography


    Within the disciplines of religious studies, systematic theology, and practical theology there exists a divide between empirical and theological analyses of the church. Each volume in the cross-disciplinary series Studies in Ecclesiology and Ethnography attempts to address this gap by exploring the methodological and substantive issues that arise from both theological and empirical studies of the church’s practices and social reality.

    Perspectives on Ecclesiology and Ethnography, the inaugural volume in the series, proposes that if theology is to regain its relevance to the church today, theologians must utilize ethnographical tools in order to provide more accurate, disciplined research that is situated in real contexts. Using “ethnography” in its broadest sense — encompassing any form of qualitative research — this volume proposes that the church is both theological and social/cultural, which implies the need for a methodological shift for researchers in theology. Contributions from twelve scholar-practitioners lead the way forward.

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  • Roots And Wings


    Every person has a personal story – a story as big and beautiful as the universe itself. And each of our personal stories is an essential chapter in the Big Story.
    We are told that life’s story begins from elements released into space at the death of a star. But what about our destiny? Does that speck of stardust also hold within it a “spark of God”? Is life evolving toward levels of consciousness that we cannot yet even imagine?
    This is a book full of questions to inspire deeper thinking. It invites you to participate in an age-old conversation about our origins and our destiny. It encourages you to think about what it might mean to become fully and truly human – and to discover your own response to that perpetual question.

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  • Ancient Israels Faith And History


    Relying on archeological artifacts and anthropological study, George Mendenhall re-tells the story of Israel’s history and faith. While careful not to move beyond the evidence, Mendenhall also provides an account of the theological dimensions of Israel’s history.

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  • Anthropological Reflections On Missiological Issues (Reprinted)


    Anthropology’s contributions explored for cross-cultural understanding of epistemology, globalism, urbanization, church planting, and spiritual warfare.

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  • Cultural Anthropology (Reprinted)


    This introduction to the field of cultural anthropology from a Christian perspective exposes students to the excitement and significance of human history and culture.

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