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By Philip Kennedy

ISBN-10: 1845110099

ISBN-13: 9781845110093

Philip Kennedy argues that any method which seeks to rejuvenate Christianity through repeating age-old doctrines and resisting far-reaching conceptual reconstructions is doomed. He proposes that conventional Christian theology needs to broadly switch lots of its formulae and theses due to a mess of recent social, old, and highbrow revolutions. Kennedy bargains a grand historic sweep of the genesis of the trendy age, and covers all the appropriate debates, conflicts and controversies surrounding and informing this topic.

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In ancient societies social control was normally exercised by exceptionally autocratic patriarchs. In early modern times, however, a revolution in combat technology led to a dissemination of power among warrior knights: ‘Feudalism developed from a military revolution. The new warfare was based on the mounted horseman’s massive advantage over the foot soldier. ’3 For this perspective, feudal and early modern societies witnessed a gradual fragmentation of monarchical sovereignty and a sharing of political power between monarchs and knights.

The problem is: there is no unanimity over efficacious action. For some it is preservation. For others it is innovation. external laments Each of the critics of officially sanctioned Christianity cited above has lived and laboured over many years as a committed Christian of one kind or another. Their observations about Christianity’s current predicament are echoed in the   a modern introduction to theology writings of contemporary scholars who do not practise as theologians and who work externally to ecclesiastical discussions.

A similar doctrine of the soul appears in the work of Augustine, who turned out to be used as an unquestionable authority for later Christian theologians. Conventional, classical, traditional or orthodox Christian theology is a realworld world-view. Expressed in a nutshell, the meaning of life for a Christian is found in pilgrimage. Christians are on a journey. Their final destiny will be either heaven or hell. Classical Christian theology, to be sure, is a story about the real world created and governed by God and Christ, who are able to save people from everything and everyone that bedevils them and stymies their well-being.

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