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Not Every Spirit : Dogmatics of Christian Disbelief -  Morse

Not Every Spirit

Dogmatics of Christian Disbelief

By: Morse


Published: 1st February 1994
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To believe in God is not to believe everything. To trust everything without awareness of what is untrustworthy is not genuine faith in God. In a biblical understanding of faith in God, then, what is the role of the call not to believe every spirit? What disbeliefs does faithfulness require? Are there some things that Christian faith refuses to believe? If so, how do we come to recognize what they are? "The presence of faithful disbelief in the church," Professor Morse suggests, "gives the church's teaching and practice its timeliness in every cultural situation." Part One of his book therefore explores the notion of Christian faith as disbelief and how the task of "testing the spirits" develops and comes to be understood within Christianity as a theological discipline called dogmatics. Part two focuses on uncovering disbeliefs of the Christian faith concerning the Word of God, the being of God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, creation, salvation, humanity, the church, and the life to come. Here, then, is a fresh and timely dogmatic text that will take its place as a standard work on Christian teachings. "Professor Morse's meticulous scholarship in this book convinces Christians to examine not only what they believe but also to give attention to what they are called to disbelieve. In today's world of turmoil, distrust, and violence, Morse's work challenges Christians to reflect seriously on what they are to believe and what they are to do." -Delores S. Williams, Union Seminary, NY Christopher Morse holds the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Chair in Theology and Ethics at Union Seminary, New York, and is the author of The Logic of Promise in Moltmann's Theology.

The Call to Faithful Disbeliefp. 3
"Do Not Believe Every Spirit"p. 3
Rachel's Refusalp. 9
The Truth that Harbors a Liep. 12
Theology as the Task of Faithful Disbeliefp. 14
The Suspicion of Theologyp. 14
Theology's Academic and Ecclesial Referents: Three Views of Their Relationshipp. 20
The Disputed Legitimacy of Dogmatic Theology Following the Enlightenmentp. 23
Testing the Spirits Todayp. 32
Tolerance and the Intolerablep. 32
The German Church Struggle Following 1933p. 34
1 John 4:2p. 38
The Anathemap. 40
Not Peddlers but Stewards: The Pauline Imagesp. 42
Academic Limitsp. 44
Tests of Doctrinal Faithfulnessp. 45
Continuity with Apostolic Traditionp. 46
Congruence with Scripturep. 49
Consistency with Worshipp. 52
Catholicityp. 54
Consonance with Experiencep. 57
Conformity with Consciencep. 61
Consequencep. 63
Crucialityp. 65
Coherencep. 66
Comprehensivenessp. 68
Exploring Doctrines: Preamble to Part 2p. 73
The Tracing of Doctrinesp. 74
The Word of Godp. 86
The Being of Godp. 113
Jesus Christp. 139
The Holy Spiritp. 171
Creationp. 198
Salvationp. 225
Humanityp. 256
The Churchp. 288
The Life to Comep. 318
Notesp. 347
Index of Scriptural Referencesp. 387
Index of Namesp. 397
Index of Subjectsp. 403
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ISBN: 9781563380877
ISBN-10: 1563380870
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Published: 1st February 1994
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.8  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.84
Edition Number: 1