Christian Faith

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1991 - Religion - 596 pages
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In today's secular world, the Christian faith is viewed as only one aspect of what could be called "religious life." Acknowledging this, Hendrikus Berkhof begins this thought-provoking study with a sketch of religion and faith in general before narrowing it down to a discussion of the specific place of Christian faith in all of reality.
 

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Contents

Prolegomena
1
Religion
6
Faith
12
Christian Faith
19
Motives and Essence
26
Reach and Limits
34
Internal Prolegomena
43
Phenomenological and Theological
47
The Way of Israel in the New Testament
253
JESUS THE SON 32 In Search of the Historical Jesus
271
The Person
284
Life and Humanity
298
Death and Reconciliation
304
Resurrection and Glorification
312
The Spirit and the Participation
324
The Covenant as Triunity
335

The Earthly Character of Revelation
52
Revelation and Experience
55
Revelation and Hiddenness
60
Word and Spirit
63
Revelation as History
68
The Symbolic Language of Revelation
72
SelfRevelation or Revelation of Truths
79
General and Special Revelation
81
Fixation and Transmission Scripture and Tradition
84
The Provisional Character of Revelation
108
Revelation and Essence
113
Essence and Attributes
119
Holy Love
126
The Defenseless Superior Power
140
The Changeable Faithfulness
147
God as Creator
155
The World as Createdness
162
Love and Freedom
183
Guilt and Fate
192
The Preservation of the World
215
Israel in the Christian Faith
225
The Way of Israel in the Old Testament
229
THE NEW COMMUNITY 39 The Covenant as Community
343
The Church as Institute
349
The Church as the Body of Christ
397
The People of God as the Firstfruits
415
THE RENEWAL OF MAN 43 Man the Purpose of God
427
Judgment and Repentance
432
Justification and Faith
436
Guidance and Security
449
Justification and Sanctification
454
Freedom and Love
459
Dying and Rising
467
Struggle Progress and Perseverance
471
The Completed Renewal
486
Prayer
494
THE RENEWAL OF THE WORLD 53 The Place of the World in the Faith
503
The Sanctification of the World
511
Progress and Struggle
515
Individuals Mankind and the Future
529
INDEXES
547
Scripture References
562
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Berkhof is Professor Emeritus of Dogmatics and Biblical Theology at the University of Leiden.

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