Thinking about Faith: Speculative Theology

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2006 - Religion - 384 pages
Why did the early Christians follow Jesus Christ? Why did they write books, have councils, celebrate the eucharist and other sacramental rites? Tibor Horvath proposes that love for Jesus Christ is at the origin of the Christian faith. In the first volume of a trilogy on Thinking about Faith, love is shown to be the hermeneutic principle in a systematic exploration and interpretation of Christian dogma and sacramental theology. Horvath explores love for God, human beings, and the universe in the gospel, pre-gospel, pre-Pauline theologies, the 21 Ecumenical Councils, and the liturgy of the sacrament of the Eucharist. He also analyses the historical and systematic foundation of the other sacraments, such as marriage, ministry, forgiveness, serving the sick, baptism, and confirmation.
 

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Contents

1 Overture
3
2 What Is the Origin of the Christian Faith?
13
3 What Is the Raison d tre of the Ecumenical Councils?
29
4 What Is the Raison d tre of the Sacraments?
47
5 Finale and Overture
341
Sacramental Theologys Contribution to Systematic Theology A Summary
343
References
347
Index
365
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Tibor Horvath is professor emeritus, systematic theology, Regis College, University of Toronto, and the author of numerous books including Eternity and Eternal Life: Speculative Theology and Science in Discourse and

Jesus Christ as Ultimate Reality and

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