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Description : We live in an era of unprecedented growth in knowledge. Never before has there been so great an availability of and access to information in both print and online. Yet as opportunities to educate ourselves have greatly increased, our time for reading has significantly diminished. And when we do read, we rarely have the patience to read in the slow, sustained fashion that great books require if we are to be truly transformed by them. In Reading the Hindu and Christian Classics, renowned Harvard Divinity School professor Francis Clooney argues that our increasing inability to read in a concerted manner is particularly notable in the realm of religion, where the proliferation of information detracts from the learning of practices that require slow and patient reading. Although awareness of the world’s many religions is at an all-time high, deep knowledge of the various traditions has suffered. Clooney challenges this trend by considering six classic Hindu and Christian texts dealing with ritual and law, catechesis and doctrine, and devotion and religious participation, showing how, in distinctive ways, such texts instruct, teach truth, and draw willing readers to participate in the realities they are learning. Through readings of these seminal scriptural and theological texts, he reveals the rewards of a more spiritually transformative mode of reading—and how individuals and communities can achieve it.
Description : The vital resource for grading all assignments from the Great Christian Classics: Volume 1 course, which includes: Instructional insights enhanced with worksheets and additional readings, all from a Christian perspective.Critical thinking and vocabulary building activities that help students acquire knowledge and understanding. OVERVIEW: This course is designed to introduce the student to important concepts written by some of the most influential Christians of the early church. The student will learn vocabulary and how to effectively apply it, develop a deeper familiarity with the Bible, discern the nuances and cultural references in the text, and utilize critical thinking to demonstrate a working understanding of each classical work. Students completing this course will explore five classical works that have influenced and defined tenets of Christianity, be able to understand the context of each writer’s literary work within their culture, discover more of the Bible through in-depth research, and better understand the life, theology, and worldview of some of the greatest Christian men in church history.
Description : This collection of piano solos includes twelve classic hymns-a variety of themesrepresentative of the Christian faith's heritage. The unique arrangements are anaddition to anyone's music library and can be used for many occasions. Examples include Amazing Grace introduced as a round, a medley of Abide with Me and Pachelbel's Canon, and an arrangement of A Mighty Fortress Is Our God with four key changes and an ending from Sigismond Thalberg's Les Huguenots, Op. 20.
Description : There is a wealth of great literature to study in the history of man, some written by Christians and some by non-Christians. However, the Christian student should direct special attention to literature produced by Christians. The empires of man will always crumble and fall, but the kingdom of Jesus Christ will continue forever. This collection covers five of the greatest life narratives of all time. A thorough study of these great books will help students understand the life, theology, and worldview of some of the greatest Christian men in church history. Sit at the feet of some of the best teachers God has given to His church. Augustine Confessions: (354-430) Augustine is perhaps the most influential thinker of the first thousand years of Christian history. This fifth-century Christian wrote Confessions as a biography in the form of a prayer to God. Patrick Confessions: (387-493) Amid the chaos following the collapse of the Roman Empire, Patrick, a man of legendary faith, led the way to the evangelization of the wild and pagan tribes of Ireland. John Knox History of the Reformation In Scotland (c.1510-1572) Few men have lived in more dangerous times than John Knox of Scotland. Yet he led a reformation movement in a very dangerous land, leaving a testimony for generations to come. John Bunyan Grace Abounding (1628-1688) Great men tell great stories because they live them. This is the case with John Bunyan, whose personal testimony, Grace Abounding, records one of the most tumultuous and agonizing spiritual journeys. John Paton Autobiography (1824-1907) The kingdom of God is only taken by force by courageous men of faith like John Paton, whose missionary work among the cannibals in the New Hebrides is nothing short of legendary.
Description : This unique collection of Martha Finley's spiritual novels has been designed and formatted to the highest digital standards. "Elsie Dinsmore" - After her mother's death, Elsie an 8 years-old child must come to terms with the world around her, her over-protective father and her firm belief in God. It is a moving story of a young girl's dilemma between her love for her father and her God. "Mildred Keith" - A story of a family who have placed their trust in God in times of difficulty. Ella Clinton, or By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them: Ella Clinton, a bubbly little girl, wants to help others, but things don't often go as planned. An amusing tale of an innocent child. "Edith's Sacrifice" - Like Elsie, Edith is a woman of few words and prefers to bear everything in her stride stoically. However, fate has something else in store for her when she meets Mr. Randolph, a widower with a daughter named Lulu. "Signing the Contract and What it Cost" - A young woman gives up her little daughter to a childless couple thinking she is going to die soon. But did she make a right decision? "The Thorn in the Nest" - Family secrets and unsolved mysteries threaten the loving relationship of Kenneth Clendenin – a doctor in Ohio. In spite of his intention of marrying his beloved, Kenneth cannot commit to her and the skeletons-in-his-closet keep growing bigger. "The Tragedy of Wild River Valley" - The war changes a lot of people but those who bow thorns have to reap their deeds. Set against the background of the civil war, the novel tells a story of all wars and what happens to people when the much-needed peace follows after the war. Martha Finley (1828-1909) was a teacher and author of numerous works.Finley's books represent the psychological conflict between individuals and their societies which lend a deeper sociological insight to her works.