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Muslim Conversions to Christ

A Critique of Insider Movements in Islamic Contexts

Edited by Ayman S. Ibrahim and Ant Greenham

Muslim Conversions to Christ focuses on the so-called Insider Movement (as promoted by certain missiologists). Drawing on international scholars and practitioners in the fields of the history and nature of Islam, the Qur’an, Christian-Muslim relations, biblical theology, and practical missiology, this book presents a solid academic rejoinder to the IM phenomenon. Moreover, it brings into the conversation the voices of believers from Muslim backgrounds (BMBs), Middle Eastern scholars, and missiologists living among Muslims in the Middle East and elsewhere. Readers will understand that Muhammad is not a prophet based on the Bible and that the Qur’an is not a scriptural guide for Muslims after their conversion. Rather than acquiesce in IM marketing ploys, such readers will be encouraged to stand in solidarity with BMBs who suffer for their faith.

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Kirk Sims

This book assesses the conceptualisation of international mission in the Methodist Church Ghana. It demonstrates that Ghanaian Methodists possess a robust ecclesiology with roots in the Akan concept of «abusua» and an evangelical theology rooted in John Wesley. The author gives interpretations to the ways mission takes place and proposes twelve models of mission whereby members of diasporic communities are agents of mission. As mission is seen a responsibility of the whole church, mission is a common theme related to the migration of Ghanaian Methodists to other contexts, often understood in terms of in the global North. The church’s presence in North America and Europe presents challenges and opportunities that must be negotiated in a broader Methodist mainline milieu.

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Die Wirklichkeit der Osteopathie

Studie zu einer am Leib orientierten Anthropologie

Albrecht Konrad Kaiser

Dieses Buch profiliert im philosophischen Horizont die zeitgenössische Praxis der Osteopathen. Der Autor definiert die Osteopathie in der Hinwendung zu philosophischen Strömungen in ihrem Ursprung und Charakter als eine Philosophie der Praxis und eine medizinphilosophische Kunstlehre. Er untersucht in diesem Zusammenhang die Schriften der Gründerväter der Osteopathie systematisch in ihrem historischen Kontext. Bei dieser osteopathischen Praxis handelt es sich um eine diagnostische und therapeutische actio palpationis, die zu Wahrnehmungen qualitativen Erlebens führen. Das Buch geht den Fragen, wie diese Wahrnehmungen phänomenologisch erfasst, analysiert und öffentlich kommuniziert werden können, in einem philosophischen Gespräch nach.

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Will There Be Tiers in Heaven?

Disability and the Resurrection of the Body

Nicola Santamaria

Will someone with a disability, either mental or physical, be recognisable in the heavenly realm? If they no longer have their disabilities, how will we know them? Are disabilities part of who we are? In the case of someone who loses a limb in an accident, it is easy to imagine them with the missing limb restored, but with congenital conditions many complex questions are raised. This book attempts to look at the issues in detail by comparing two key interlocutors, St Augustine and Jean Vanier. Although Augustine lived more than a thousand years ago, his teachings on the subject of heaven are still fundamental to much contemporary theology. Jean Vanier, founder of the L’Arche communities, works with people with learning difficulties. His contribution is supplemented by the work of Henri Nouwen, a Dutch Catholic priest whose writing was heavily influenced by his experiences with L’Arche. Finally, this book also offers some suggestions for the application of the theological debate to pastoral situations.

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Theologie und politische Theorie

Kritische Annäherungen zwischen zeitgenössischen theologischen Strömungen und dem politischen Denken von Jürgen Habermas

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Eneida Jacobsen

Im Dialog mit der Politik- und Gesellschaftstheorie von Jürgen Habermas und gegenwärtigen theologischen Ansätzen, vor allem der Befreiungstheologie und der Öffentlichen Theologie, arbeitet diese Studie das demokratiepolitische Potential einer lebensweltlich verankerten Theologie heraus. Die Autorin zeigt auf, inwiefern die Rezeption alltäglicher Erfahrungen und Symbole sowohl den befreiungstheologischen Diskurs verändert als auch das politische System einer Gesellschaft näher mit den konkreten Lebensbezügen der Menschen vernetzt. Dadurch erweist sich Theologie auf neue Weise als gesellschaftspolitisch relevant. Zugleich sind die alltäglichen Erfahrungen von Menschen in ihrer theologischen Bedeutung zu würdigen. Aus dieser Vermittlung von Gesellschaftsanalyse, Theorie der Lebenswelt und kritischer Rekonstruktion christlicher Praxis erwächst eine neue Gestalt von Befreiungstheologie, die die Bedeutung des Lebensweltlichen für die gesellschaftliche Öffentlichkeit deutlicher zur Geltung bringt.

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Platonisches Erbe, Byzanz, Orthodoxie und die Modernisierung Griechenlands

Schwerpunkte des kulturphilosophischen Werkes von Stelios Ramfos

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Isabella Schwaderer

Diese Darstellung des bisherigen Werkes des Kulturphilosophen Stelios Ramfos stellt erstmalig einen prominenten zeitgenössischen griechischen Denker vor. In über vier Jahrzehnten produktiver Tätigkeit erstreckten sich seine Themen von einer neuen Lektüre Platons aus orthodoxer Sicht über byzantinische Spiritualität, christlich-orthodoxe Religionsphilosophie und neugriechische Literatur und Sprache bis hin zu einer zuweilen polemischen Auseinandersetzung mit dem Weg Griechenlands in die Moderne.

Ramfosʼ Analysen der griechischen Gesellschaft erhellen die aktuelle Diskussion um die europäischen Integration. Das Buch bietet darum nicht nur einen Überblick über sein Werk und Denken, sondern auch einen Einblick in die Problematik der Modernisierung Griechenlands und seiner Positionierung in Europa.

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Edited by Oleg Bernaz and Marc Maesschalck

Ce volume recueille une série de travaux de figures notoires de la pensée russe, comme Roman Jakobson, Petr Savickij et Nicolas Troubetzkoy, qui ont marqué un seuil épistémologique dans l’histoire du structuralisme en général et de la linguistique structurale en particulier. Publiés initialement au début des années 1920 et 1930, à Berlin, à Prague et enfin à Paris, ces travaux forment un véritable mouvement intellectuel dont nous voudrions mettre en évidence la portée philosophique, mais également les enjeux politiques. Nous espérons ainsi contribuer à rendre possible une autre histoire du structuralisme linguistique qui en ne se limitant pas à répertorier les idées de la langue conçues par les linguistes, puisse mettre en lumière les conditions épistémologiques permettant de construire la connaissance linguistique comme savoir structural des langues dans leur fonction sociale et historique.

 

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Skip Jenkins

This book extrapolates a uniquely Pentecostal and incarnational Spirit Christology, inspired by piqued interest in the Holy Spirit and for the purpose of ecumenical dialogue. The method employed is Pentecostal in its emphasis on the Spirit, incarnational in its consideration of the life of Jesus, and Spirit Christological in its uniting of the two. The aim is to supersede the five-fold gospel model by systematizing Pentecostal praxis into a cohesive and identity-giving Spirit Christology. The book distinguishes the components of Pentecostal identity through an investigation of past and current Pentecostal voices, juxtaposes them against secular and other denominational categories, and ultimately arrives at a distinctly Pentecostal conceptualization of Spirit Christology that translates ecumenically and generationally. In fact, this project is the first constructive Spirit Christological endeavor developed by a Pentecostal and dedicated to the specific, Pentecostal issue of fusing holiness for living and power for witness. It is solidly ecumenical, utilizing the theology of Edward Irving, James D. G. Dunn, Karl Barth, Colin Gunton, and David Coffey, and it is the only text that brings these voices together in one volume.

A Spirit Christology will be beneficial to a diverse audience of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as academic professionals. The development and explanation of a Pentecostal and incarnational Spirit Christology will be a unique and valuable addition to a variety of classes, including courses on the doctrine of Christ, the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, contemporary theology, and recent Pentecostal theology. Furthermore, the content draws from Pentecostal, Reformed, and Catholic traditions, a conglomerate that will appeal to an ecumenical audience.

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Towards an Internormative Hermeneutics for Social Justice

Principles of Justice and Recognition in John Rawls and Axel Honneth

Christiana Idika

The author discusses to what extent a generally binding norm of social justice can be established in a modern, plural society. The book presents the difficulty associated with the preservation of plurality of different life forms. It also considers the plurality of the principles of social justice so as not to fall back to prioritization and the absolutization of their claims. This book argues for a more constructive way to search for criteria for complementarity, referring methodologically to Rawls’ and Honneth’s theories of justice. The author contents that the principles of social justice and their sources of normativity are plural.

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The New Definitions of Death for Organ Donation

A Multidisciplinary Analysis from the Perspective of Christian Ethics. Foreword by Professor Josef M. Seifert

Doyen Nguyen

This book critically examines the moral soundness of the two definitions of death used in organ donation-transplantation: "brain death" (heart-beating) and "controlled cardiac/circulatory death" (non-heart-beating). The author carries out a multidisciplinary study of the crucial moral issues surrounding these new definitions to answer the question: are the donors truly dead at the time of organ removal?

The book probes the history of these protocols, and the rationales of pro-"brain death" Catholic scholars who assert that brain-dead individuals are dead because, without a functioning brain, they have undergone a substantial change. The author’s arguments, firmly grounded in both classical metaphysics and contemporary biophilosophy, demonstrate that the new definitions of death are unsound because they contradict both Aristotelian-Thomistic anthropology and holistic biophilosophy.

The book also looks at the new definitions in terms of Christian ethics. It provides a detailed critical analysis of John Paul II’s 2000 Address to the Transplantation Society, showing that, contrary to popular belief, the Catholic Church has not given any formal approval to the "brain death" protocol.