Reasonable Belief: A Survey of the Christian Faith

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byAnthony T. Hanson, Richard Hanson

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This book is an attempt to survey the main areas of Christian thought and doctrine. The authors are convinced that many thoughtful Christians or would-be Christians are puzzled and even alarmed by the difference between the Christian faith as it is usually presented in pulpits, Sunday Schools,and popular Christian literature on the one hand, and on the other realities of contemporary scientific, philosophical, and historical thought. Many are repelled from Christianity by the inadequacy of the way in which it is conventionally presented. This book sets out to preserve the great centralconstitutive truths of Christianity (in opposition to many contemporary reductionist tendancies in theology), while presenting these truths in such a way as to suggest that they are relevant to twentieth-century society and not irretrievably involved with an obsolete world-view. The doctrines ofGod, of Christ, of the Holy Spirit, of the Trinity, of the relation of Christianity to history are surveyed, and of the Church, ministry, and sacraments. The authors endeavour to do justice to the views of the significant thinkers both of the past and of the present, while suggesting their owninterpretation on several points. Both authors are Anglicans and on several issues write as Anglicans, but they believe that their point of view is a comprehensive and inclusive one which should be of interest and concern to Christians of all traditions.

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This book is an attempt to survey the main areas of Christian thought and doctrine. The authors are convinced that many thoughtful Christians or would-be Christians are puzzled and even alarmed by the difference between the Christian faith as it is usually presented in pulpits, Sunday Schools,and popular Christian literature on the one...

The late Anthony Hanson was Emeritus Professor of Theology at the University of Hull. The late Bishop Richard Hanson was Emeritus Professor of Historical and Contemporary Theology at the University of Manchester.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.71 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0192132385

ISBN - 13:9780192132383

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart I: God1. Our Knowledge of God2. Revelation and Faith3. The Status and Function of Scripture4. The Relation of Christianity to Other ReligionsPart II: Christ5. Doctrine of the Incarnation6. The Work of ChristPart III: The Holy Spirit7. The Nature and Function of the Spirit8. Our Experience of the Holy SpiritPart IV: The Holy Trinity9. The Doctrine of the TrinityPart V: Christianity and History10. Development and Orthodoxy11. The Last ThingsPart VI: Church, Sacraments, and Ministry12. The Divided Church13. The Nature of Church14. Sacraments15. The Reformation is Over16. MinistryEpilogueBooks Recommended for ReadingIndex