The Assurance of Things Hoped for: A Theology of Christian Faith

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Oxford University Press, 1996 - Medical - 320 pages
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Faith, since the earliest Christian theologians, has been regarded as the fundamental Christian virtue--the prerequisite for hope, charity, and good works. In this book, Avery Dulles examines the biblical foundations and history of theological reflection on faith, from the Greek and Latin fathers to such modern giants as Tillich, Rahner, and Lonergan. Further, Dulles presents his own systematic synthesis, reflecting on such topics as the nature and object of faith; the certitude of faith; the birth, growth, and loss of faith; and faith and salvation. The result is a refreshingly relevant theology of faith for our day.
 

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Contents

Biblical Foundations
7
Patristic and Medieval Developments
20
Sixteenth to Eighteenth Centuries
44
Nineteenth Century
78
Early Twentieth Century
96
Recent Developments
147
Nature and Object of Faith
185
Grounding of Faith
204
Properties of Faith
224
Development of Faith
239
Faith and Salvation
256
Concluding Synthesis
274
Index
283
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Avery Dulles, S.J. is Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University. Among his many books are The Catholicity of the Church (OUP, 1985), Models of Revelation (1983, rev. 1992), and The Craft of Theology (1992).

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