Christian Faith: An Introduction to the Study of the Faith

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 19 janv. 1920 - 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. Beginning with the whole of reality makes it possible to use "religion" as the basis from which to acquire an understanding of the relevance of the Christian faith for that total reality. Thus, a study of Christian faith can answer questions that deal with the place of humanity in the cosmos, the meaning of life and existence, the meaning of freedom and of death.

Berkhof defines "religion" as the relation to the absolute. "Faith" is one step beyond religion, as it is the establishment of God's relationship to his people. Christian faith builds on Old Testament faith because the promises of the Old Testament are accepted as being fulfilled in the ministry, suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

For Berkhof the study of Christian faith is a systematic examination of the content of the relationship which God in Christ has entered into with us. Because the study of the faith is systematic, there must be an order to it. This order varies from theologian to theologian; for Berkhof the starting point is revelation -- the sources and norms for our knowledge of God. This leads to a discussion of God, creation (of the world and of human beings), Israel, the person and work of Christ, the church, and finally, the renewal of the world and of humanity. Throughout the book Berkhof comments on (and often takes issue with) systematic theologians of the past.

Written for both the layperson and the scholar, the text is interspersed with excurses (set off in smaller type than the main text) that cover specific subjects more thoroughly, citing sources, controversies, and the like, which will be of particular interest to theologians and students. This newly revised edition, a translation of the Dutch fifth edition, takes into account developments in dogmatics in the thirteen years since Berkhof prepared the first edition of Christian Faith.

Berkhof's aim throughout is to present his understanding of the truth of God; but, as he writes in his preface, "the study of the faith is not something to learn so much as something to do and practice. A book can do no more than help us to get started and stimulate us to try to do it on our own." This book, like the earlier edition, admirably succeeds in meeting that goal.

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Table des matières

Prolegomena
1
Religion
6
Faith
12
Christian Faith
19
Motives and Essence
26
Reach and Limits
34
REVELATION
37
Internal Prolegomena
43
The Way of Israel in the Old Testament
229
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

Phenomenological and Theological
47
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
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
217
Israel in the Christian Faith
225
The Covenant as Triunity
335
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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Page iv - Our little systems have their day, / They have their day and cease to be: / They are but broken lights of thee, / And Thou, O Lord, are more than they." Scriptures: Job 9:10-12; Psalm 90:1-12; Hebrews 11:1 Themes: Jesus, Death, Hope Strong Son of God, immortal love, When we, that have not seen Thy face, By faith, and faith alone, embrace, Believing where we cannot prove...

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