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The Belief of Catholics

coverBy Ronald Knox
ISBN 0-89870-586-X

Description: Knox discusses "the truths Catholics hold", "the rules Catholics acknowledge", "the strength Catholics receive", and "the ambitions Catholics honour". These truths, rules, strengths, and ambitions were attractive to the book's first readers. They were answers to the ever-present "Why?". These answers will prove equally attractive to today's readers who, after so many decades of failed isms, yearn for understanding and commitment even more than did their grandparents' generation.

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Tremendous source to explain the Catholic Church by one of its greatest writers who knew it from the outside as well as the inside. Msgr. Ronald A. Knox, an Anglican convert to Catholicism, influenced GK Chesterton, Bishop Fulton Sheen and countless converts among others, with his logic, historical expertise, and ability to explain Catholicism and its most challenging issues to the uninitiated and Catholics alike. Starting with the current agnosticsm (then as today), he proceeds to philosophical proof of Divine intellect and will, and then he traces the development of oral tradition from the Apostles and the early Church to the present Roman Church. With wit and incisive facts, he expertly explains the paradox of free will versus submission to an authority, Dogma versus doctrine versus ritual, and the Catholic view versus the "world view". The careful reader will gain an appreciation into both sides of the issues presented. IMHO there is no better English explanation of Catholicism in 250 pages.

Mary Lou Grow
San Antonio, TX

The Renewal of Anglicanism

coverBy Alister E. McGrath
ISBN 0-8192-1603-8

Description: Alister McGrath shares his hopeful vision for the future of Anglicanism, which he believes is ideally suited to survive and expand and is now poised on the brink of theological and spiritual recovery.

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The Myth of Certainty

coverThe Reflective Christian & The Risk Of Commitment
By Daniel Taylor

ISBN 0-8308-2237-2

Description: Do you resent the smugness of close-minded skepticism on the one hand but feel equally uncomfortable with the smugness of close-minded Christianity of the others?

If so, then The Myth of Certainty is for you. Daniel Taylor suggests a path to committed faith that is both consistent with the tradition of Christian orthodoxy and sensitive to the pluralism, complexity and relativism of our age.

The case for the questioning Christian is made with both incisive analysis and lively storytelling. Brief fictional interludes provide an alternate way of exploring topics at hand and vividly depict the real-life dilemmas reflective Christians often face.

Taylor affirms a call to throw off the paralysis of uncertainty and to risk commitment to God without forfeiting the God given gift of an inquiring mind. Throughout he demonstrates clearly how much the world and the church need question askers.

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"It is the work of unusual excellence . . . a badly needed work."

M. Scott Peck

Have you ever doubted your faith? Do you have trouble trying to live your faith amongst secular or perhaps even antagonistic environments? Do you have trouble living your faith even amongst our own friend's colleagues and church members? Do you feel sometimes that you don't fit in either world? The Godless materialist hedonistic world that you see around you, or the uptight, legalistic, small-minded, backwater religious world that you feel you're a part of? Daniel Taylor a professor at a small evangelical college in Minnesota, shares his struggles with all of these issues, and he offers solid guide lines for living in between two worlds, for accepting imperfections in our community of faith, for accepting our own doubts and blemishes and still living a joyous life based on faith and a God who loves us.

C. V. Doner



Retrieving the Tradition and Renewing...

coverA Primer for Suspicious Protestants
By D. H. Williams

ISBN 0-8028-4668-8

Description: This one-of-a-kind book is meant to help Protestant Christians read and receive the early church fathers as an essential part of their faith.

Written primarily for the evangelical, independent, and free church communities, who remain largely suspicious of church history and the relationship between Scripture and Tradition, Retrieving the Tradition and Renewing Evangelicalism clearly explains why every branch of today's church is indebted to the doctrinal foundation laid by postapostolic Christianity.

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The Screwtape Letters

coverHow A Senior Devil Instructs A Junior Devil In The Art of Temptation
By C. S. Lewis

ISBN 0-0606-5293-4

Description: Screwtape is an experienced devil. His nephew Wormwood is just beginning his demonic career and has been assigned to secure the damnation of a young man who has just become a Christian.

In this humorous exchange, C. S. Lewis delves into moral questions about good v. evil, temptation, repentance, and grace. Through this wonderful tale, the reader emerges with a better knowledge of what it means to live a good, honest life.

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Wideness of God's Mercy

by Clark Pinnock
ISBN: 0310535913

Description: The Finality of Jesus Christ in a World of Religions

Here is a ground-breaking book that suggests some new possibilities of interpretation around the challenge of religious pluralism. The subject of the book is the finality of Jesus Christ in a world of different religions. Pinnock explains succinctly the factors that have made religious pluralism a major challenge for Christian theology. Then he places the issue in the history of doctrine leading up to the present day.

Five chapters follow this introductory material and cover the field very systematically: The first chapter deals with God's global reach in salvation and shows that God is concerned for all people in all nations; chapter two highlights the Christology through which God is know to be the God of grace; the third chapter shows how the Bible views other religions as they presently exist and how we can understand them; chapter four deals with religions as non-static entities and the object of divine power bringing in the kindgom; and the fifth chapter discusses eschatology, or how it is possible to understand salvation in generous and large terms. "A Wideness in God's Mercy" is one of the very few books to present a strong proposal on the issue of religious pluralism while maintaining a rock-solid evangelical stance. It will no doubt launch a decade of discussion on a higher level among Christians.

Clark H. Pinnock (PhD, Manchester) is a creative and highly respected theologian, apologist, teacher, and author of such books as "Theological Crossfire" (with Delwin Brown), he Grace of God," "The Will of Man" and "Tracking the Maze." He teachers theology at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario.

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