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- 30 Sep 2004
- Dunedin Academic Press
- 128 pages - 216 x 138 x 13mm
- Understanding Faith
Gilleasbuig Macmillan responds to the questions likely to be asked by an interested person wishing to know how the Christian faith began, what it teaches and how its followers have tried to practise and spread their faith through the centuries. The diversity of Christianity is taken into account, notably the division between the Orthodox East and the Catholic West, the Reformation and its consequences; the flow out from Europe with empires and the development from corporate 'tribal' religion to religion as a matter of individual choice.
* Prelude * Approaching Understanding: Going to Church The Service Psalms and Hymns Sin and sins The Bible The sermon Intercession Baptism The Eucharist Blessing * Approaching Understanding: The Apostle's Creed * One Man's Life * Developing the Jewish Heritage The First Five Books History Books The Prophets The Psalms and Other Poetry The Covenant and the Ten Commandments * The Cross of the Risen Christ * From Synagogue to Church * Believing with Bread and Wine * The Establishment of Christendom * Basic Convictions Settled 1. Arianism 2. Apollinarianism 3. Nestorianism 4. Eutychianism 5. Donatism 6. Pelagianism * Living a Devoted Life * Jesus the Saviour * West and East * Searching for Better Ways * The Church's New Formations * A Wider, Deeper Catholicism * Entering the Modern World * A Southern Church * A Family of Customs and Opinions * Some Questions - Some Replies What is a Christian? Is there such a thing as a Christian lifestyle? Do you have to believe in God to be a Christian? How can going to Church mean more to me? How can I learn more about Christianity? Index
For thirty years Gilleasbuig Macmillan has been minister of St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh, Scotland's national church and the mother church of Presbyterianism worldwide.
"this is a guide that makes you think... you will certainly understand more about Christianity" Bishop Richard Holloway writing in The Scotsman