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By Ian S. Markham

This ground-breaking ebook demanding situations readers to reconsider the divide among liberal and orthodox ways which characterises Christianity today.Provides a substitute for the liberal / orthodox divide in modern Christianity. Defends Christianity’s engagement with non-Christian traditions. comprises very important dialogue of theological process. Illustrated with case reviews regarding human rights, interfaith tolerance, economics, and ethics.

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McGrath makes a good case against any strong historical relativism. 56 Third, McGrath insists that the “pre-event” of Jesus as conveyed in Scripture is a control on our understanding of legitimate development. This theme is important for him: he believes it is a distinctive emphasis of evangelicalism and therefore makes him suspicious of the community emphasis of much postliberalism. By this he means that the truth claim that Jesus the historical person was God is not simply an insight of the “community” of the church but the prior event creating the community of the church.

He realizes that monotheism is not incoherent, he explains that when he was a Manichee: I thought it was outrageous to believe that you had the shape of a human body and were limited within the dimensions of limbs like our own. . I believed that evil, too, was some similar kind of substance, a shapeless, hideous mass, which might be solid, in which case the Manichees called it earth, or fine and rarefied like air. This they imagine as a kind of evil mind filtering through the substance they call earth.

Augustine clearly has the expectation that the truth of worldview will in part be determined by the coherence and explanatory power of that worldview. Fideism is always the enemy of a liberal theology. Once one surrenders the need for reasons, then a faith becomes untouchable. Anything can be believed because there are no restrictions. Nonsense becomes an option. Both in his commitment to natural theology and in his use of reason to distinguish between alternative worldviews, Augustine has a rational control on his faith.

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