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Contemporary Issues Collection (7 vols.)
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Overview

The church in every age has wrestled with complex social issues and has sought to bring the gospel to bear on cultural engagement. Our age is no exception.

The Contemporary Issues Collection (7 vols.) explores the relationship between the gospel and the current cultural and political milieu. From vexing philosophical problems—such as the problem of evil and divine foreknowledge—to pressing social issues—such as the relationship between the church and politics, these authors explore controversial topics and tackle the important issues facing the church today. These volumes affirm the relevance of the gospel and the importance of theological reflection for each new generation of Christians asking important questions about engaging culture.

These books explore pressing contemporary issues:

  • Justice
  • Israel, anti-Semitism, and eschatology
  • The problem of evil
  • Christianity and political engagement
  • The Bible and epistemology
  • Hell
  • Christianity and feminism
  • And more!

Most importantly, these authors offer practical advice to help the gospel make sense in the current cultural and political climate. And with the speed, functionality, and power of your digital library, the Logos edition of these volumes from Paternoster are easier to read and more useful than ever for your church staff, small group, or personal study.

Key Features

  • Insightful and discerning approach to important cultural issues
  • Contributions from top scholars, including theologians, philosophers, lawyers, and historians
  • All Scripture passages linked to your Greek and Hebrew texts and English translations

Individual Titles

A Biblical View of Law and Justice: Christian Perspectives on Law

  • Author: David McIlroy
  • Publisher: Paternoster Press
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 272

A Biblical View of Law and Justice explores the biblical approach to law and justice from Genesis to Revelation.

The Bible was not written as a handbook for lawyers, politicians, and civil servants setting out a theology of human law. Its concern is with the dealings of God with human beings and of human beings with God. The Biblical View Of Law and Justice seeks to wrestle with the biblical message of justice, giving lawyers, civil servants, and politicians a renewed vision and understanding of the potential of their work in the post-Christendom world.

David McIlroy has written an intelligent and practical analysis of a biblical view of law and justice, and how it applies to the individual, the state, and the church.

—Mike Gammil, pastor in Houston, Texas

David McIlroy is a practicing attorney in London where he specializes in banking law, insolvency law, and employment law. He is also Visiting Lecturer in Law at the University of London.

Israel God’s Servant: God’s Key to the Redemption of the World

  • Authors: David W. Torrance and George Taylor
  • Publisher: Paternoster Press
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 144

Historically, anti-Semitism has been engrained in much Christian theology and practice. Is this the result of New Testament teaching, or an alien intrusion into Christianity? What is a Christian attitude towards the Jewish people and towards the state of Israel? What is currently going on in the Middle East and Israel, and does Israel still play a role in God’s purposes for the redemption of the world?

This book seeks to set out a biblical and theological case for the ongoing importance of the Jewish people in God’s plans for creation and to explain something of the complex and controversial situation in the modern day Israeli state.

A concrete and practical approach toward discipleship that helps us to apply Christ's likeness to our lives while avoiding ‘clone-making.’

—Mike Gammil, pastor in Houston, Texas

David W. Torrance studied theology with Karl Barth and is a Presbyterian Minister in the Church of Scotland.

George Taylor is a pseudonym.

The Innocence of God: Does God Ordain Evil?

  • Authors: Udo Middelmann
  • Publisher: Paternoster Press
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 224

The Bible teaches us that God is sovereign over all. Does that mean that in his sovereignty and foreknowledge, all events are determined? What about evil and the choices of man to disobey God or not believe in him at all? Is God good but weak or bad but strong?

In The Innocence of God, Udo Middelmann critiques both positions and demonstrates the continuing battle of good and powerful God for his creation. God admonishes us to seek justice, goodness, and mercy in the continuing struggle against evil. The truth of God's patient, yet powerful battle for redemption is absent when everything has been already determined.

Udo W. Middleman was born in Germany in 1940 and has lived in Switzerland for over thirty years. He is a university lecturer by special invitation in various countries; consultant and principle speaker on Ethics for a Civil Society for the Russian Ministry of Education; and is at present the president of the Francis A. Schaeffer Foundation in New York and Switzerland.

Engaging Politics: The Tensions of Christian Political Involvement

  • Author: Nigel Oakley
  • Publisher: Paternoster Press
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 248

This world or the next? In the world but not of it? Prophetic vision or grubby engagement with the world as it is?

These are the tensions Nigel Oakley grapples with as he shows how Christians can, indeed must, engage with the politics and the political debate. He shows how these tensions exist in every strand of Christian political thinking, and then he applies those tensions to case studies varying from today's highly charged debates on sexuality to the war on terrorism. This book is both an intelligent introduction to the difficult world of Christian political theology and to some of the key debates that are shaping our times.

Nigel Oakley is World Development Officer for the Anglican Diocese of Durham, UK. He has a PhD from the University of Durham in political theology.

The Bible and Epistemology

  • Editors: Mary Healy and Robin Parry
  • Publisher: Paternoster Press
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 224

Many theologians and Christian philosophers have given considerable attention to the theory of knowledge in recent years. However, the rich resources of the biblical literature on questions of knowledge, especially the knowledge of God, have hardly begun to be mined because biblical scholars have rarely posed such questions to the texts.

In this volume, Catholic and Protestant biblical scholars reflect on what different parts of the Bible may have to contribute to our understanding of knowledge in general, and the knowledge of God in particular. Chapters on Deuteronomy, the Psalms, the Prophets, Wisdom literature, Luke-Acts, Johannine literature, and Paul's letters reveal something of the Bible's diverse and nuanced approach to the issues. The book ends with some reflections on the material from a theologian and from a Christian philosopher.

Mary Healy is a biblical scholar and a member of the Mother of God Community, a Catholic and ecumenical lay charismatic community.

Robin Parry is the Editorial Director for Paternoster.

Hell: A Hard Look at a Hard Question

  • Author: David Powys
  • Publisher: Paternoster Press
  • Publication Date: 1998
  • Pages: 508

Writing from a position of biblical conservatism, the author examines rigorously some of the many questions which are raised by the doctrine of hell. He presents a convincing and scholarly case for the view that the unrighteous will forfeit resurrection life in the Kingdom of God.

I welcome this rigorous examination of some of the many questions which are raised by the doctrine of hell. At a time when it is rare to hear even heaven spoken about in our churches, it is encouraging that this sober theme is once more in our sights. It was plainly often on the lips of Jesus.

—Nigel M. de S. Cameron, Trinity International University

This book is an impressive, thorough discussion of a thorny question. Dr. Powys is at home in many branches of biblical studies…He examines the biblical evidence carefully and sets his case out lucidly and with real insight, showing convincingly how ill-founded are many ancient and many recent views on the fate of the unrighteous. His own solution of a set of complex exegetical and theological issues is judicious and clearly the end result of careful thought.

—Graham Stanton

David Powys is an Anglican Priest, vicar of Mt Eliza, and archdeacon of Frankston.

Reconstructing Christian Origins? The Feminist Theology of Elisabeth Schussler: An Evaluation

  • Author: Esther Yue L. Ng
  • Publisher: Paternoster Press
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 466

Elisabeth Schussler Fiorenza is the most influential feminist New Testament scholar alive. Her work reconstructing the purported egalitarian origins of Christianity has exercised a widespread influence in the academy.

Esther Ng's book is the most detailed analysis of Fiorenza's historical reconstruction available. Ng offers a fair-minded but critical analysis of Fiorenza's work, examining her presuppositions and historical methodology, as well as the evidence adduced to support her thesis. Ng's rigorous analysis highlights serious problems with Fiorenza's reconstruction of Christian origins and is indispensible reading for anyone interested in the place of women in earliest Christianity.

Esther Yue L. Ng is Professor and Dean of Christian Witness Theological Seminary.

Product Details

  • Title: Contemporary Issues Collection (7 vols.)
  • Publisher: Paternoster Press
  • Volumes: 7
  • Pages: 2,086

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