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Ancient & Postmodern Christianity: Paleo-Orthodoxy in the 21st Century–Essays In Honor of Thomas C. Oden

by Kenneth Tanner and Christopher A. Hall (May 22, 2002)

Summary: The consensual roots of Christianity found in the common understanding of the faith among the early church fathers is the foundation on which the church can and should build in the twenty-first century. Edited by Kennth Tanner and Christopher A. Hall, the eighteen essays found in this volume span theological and ecclesiastical perspectives that emphasize what the various Christian traditions hold in common. This shared heritage is applied to a wide range of topics–from worship and theology to ethics and history and more–that point the way for the people of God in the decades ahead. Ancient & Postmodern Christianity is created in honor of Thomas C. Oden, who has done much in recent decades to promote these ideas with such signal publications as After Modernity . . . What? and the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture, which was launched under his editorial direction. Contributing scholars include Richard John Neuhaus, Alan Padgett, J. I. Packer, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Carl Braaten, Stanley Grenz, Bradley Nassif, Thomas Howard and more. Here is a volume that will set a course needed for succeeding generations to restore and renew a living orthodoxy.

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Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels

by Jennifer Grant and Cathleen Falsani (Oct 21, 2014)

Summary: The Bible is full of not-so-precious moments, from murder and mayhem, to sex and slavery. Instead of turning a blind eye to the difficult (and entertaining) passages of scripture, editors Jennifer Grant and Cathleen Falsani decided to take them head on. An incredible cast of contributors tackles the parts of the Bible that most excite, comfort, frustrate, or soothe, with arresting insights like:
  • What the heck is the book of Revelation really about? (The answer will surprise you.)
  • How do we come to grips with the Bible’s troubling (or seemingly troubling) passages about the role of women?
  • Why did the artist of the oldest known picture of Jesus intentionally paint him with a wonky eye–and what does this strange choice tell us about the beauty of imperfection?
Unique, earnest, and insightful, this is a fresh, wonderful way to liven up one’s “quiet time” with the Bible. It was written by and for Bible-loving Christians, agnostics, skeptics, none-of-the-aboves, and people who aren’t afraid to dig deep spiritually, ask hard questions, and have some fun along the way.