How the World Began: Sermons on the Creation Story

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James Clarke & Co., 1964 - Religion - 308 pages
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"The question of where we come from and where we are going is one of the elementary challenges of life. Perhaps it is THE question of life. Only when we get an answer to it do we learn who we are."

With these striking words, Prof Helmut Thielicke begins this book about the most fundamental of all questions; the question of who we are, whence we came, and what God intended when he gave us life.

Despite - perhaps even because of - the immense technological advances of our time, and the frightful consequences for the human race of the misuse of that power, man is brought face to face again with that basic problem which has haunted him since the beginning of time, the mystery of good and evil. Weaving these themes of origin and purpose, good and evil together, these are sermons for our times - highly intelligent, widely ranging, fascinating, and of quite exceptional power. There is nothing sloppy or sentimental in this book. These chapters are the creation of a 20th century man with a particularly penetrating mind.
 

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I am a lifetime believer and 73 years old. As you might surmise have heard many sermons. This is translation from German to English and is sermons on the first eleven chapters of Genesis. It is very easy to read and also very thought provoking. As are all religious writings that are useful it does not try to outsmart itself. It brings you to a light that shines directly in your face about what you believe and how strongly you believe it. No passing the buck here. It has a freeing effect in that it calls for self assessment and it pulls no punches in that regard. While it is not an in your face thing you certainly get the message. It has a very good description of Gods conversation with Adam and Eve upon their first meeting after the fall. As I understand it , be it ever so limited, its all your fault! Hard but true and once realized that makes everything so much easier to give it away to God. Jim Peacock Alabama 

Contents

THE BEGINNING 1 In the Beginning
3
The Primeval Witnesses
12
The Light of the World
26
Gods Autograph
41
THE CREATION OF
57
Manthe Risk of God
59
Creation and Evolution Faith and Science
72
The Meaning and Order of the Sexes
87
Guilt and Destiny
152
The Mystery of Death
170
THE STORY OF CAIN AND ABEL
185
The Cain Within Us
187
Where Is Abel Your Brother?
202
Insecure Man
218
Floods and Fires
235
NoahThe Adventure of Faith
252

The Great Sabbath
103
THE STORY OF THE FALL
112
How Evil Came into the World
121
The Bridgehead of the Tempter
136
The Fear of Our Fellows
273
Outlines of a New World Order
289
POSTSCRIPT FOR THEOLOGICAL READERS
303

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Helmut Thielicke is one of the most outstanding preachers and theologians of the German Lutheran Church. Dismissed by the Nazi regime from his post of Professor of Theology at Heidelberg in 1940, he came to prominence in Stuttgart where, during the worst of the bombing raids and in spite of continuing Nazi opposition, he continued to preach to a congregation of several thousand each week. After the war he served as professor and Rector at the University of Tubingen until 1954, when he accepted the post of Rector at the University of Hamburg, the first Protestant theologian to hold this position. He died in 1986.

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