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Title: Christianity: Part 2


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Christianity Part 2
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Truth
  • A trans-rational truth is a truth that is so
    profound that it cant be fully expressed in
    words, so it resorts to paradoxes such things
    to point to the truth.

3
Trinity
  • We can see in our very own experience a
    three-in-one experience that is a hint about the
    Trinity.

4
Not Divided
  • This is a third force which comes from above
    and allows us to not be so divided between
    opposites.

5
Monasticism
  • Another important change in social structure was
    the beginning of monasticism, which had its roots
    in the biblical tradition of time spent in the
    desert as time spent alone with God.

6
Thomas Merton (1915-1968)
  • Probably the most famous monk of modern times was
    the writer and poet Thomas Merton, who was a
    Trappist monk.

7
Many Denominations
  • The division of Christianity into many different
    denominations had much more to do with politics,
    power, and language than it did with theology.

8
The Split
  • The Eastern Church (known as the Orthodox Church)
    and the Western Church (known as the Roman
    Catholic Church) split officially in the year
    1054.

9
Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)
  • To build bridges and understanding between modern
    faith and modern reason, a marriage of science
    and spirituality..

10
St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)
  • Many Christians look to Francis as the most
    Christ-like human to have lived since the time of
    Jesus.

11
The Peace Prayer
12
The Reformation
  • The Reformation was a decisive and
    forever-changing time in Christianity, it was
    one of many changes leading toward the modern
    mind.

13
Martin Luther (1483-1546)
  • Luther insisted on the principle of sola
    scriptura, the Bible alone as guide to Christian
    faith practice. He felt that salvation by grace
    through faith was the clear, central message of
    the scriptures.

14
Church vs. Secular Affairs
  • Philosophically, he unleashed ideas about
    individualism equality that would strongly
    nurture democracy.

15
John Calvin (1509-1564)
  • Churches known as Reformed, Presbyterian, or
    Congregational stem from the reform efforts of
    John Calvin, as did the Puritan movement.

16
Goodbye, Church of England
  • These groups further separated themselves from
    the Church of England became known as Puritan,
    Baptist, Quaker, Methodist.

17
Building Bridges
  • Over the last 100 years, especially the last 40,
    there has been a growing Ecumenical movement that
    has sought to build bridges between the different
    denominations.

18
An Enriching Experience
  • Christians are seeing the advantages of dialogue
    with other Christians of different groups.

19
Major/Minor
  • San Francisco is the first major city in the
    United States to have Christians in the minority.

20
The First Amendment
  • We seemed to have demonstrated that the absence
    of state interference or support need not weaken
    religion, but can liberate it to flourish.

21
Growing Fast
  • The Assemblies of God churches are the fastest
    growing Christian churches in the world.

22
What is Important?
  • If you give the people the right and
    encouragement to read the scriptures in their own
    languages, they will start to have their own
    opinions about whats important what should be
    stressed.

23
Growth of Christianity in Africa
  • Christianity is a worldwide religion now, and is
    the fastest growing religion in Africa.

24
European Christianity?
  • In other words, European culture was often seen
    as not simply the package that Christianity came
    in, but Christianity itself.

25
A Manifesto
  • In an era where we take the separation of Church
    and State as a manifesto of the way things should
    be, we tend to forget what a novel idea this was
    and still is.

26
Matteo Ricci (1552-1610)
  • Matteo Ricci met the Chinese on an equal level of
    intellectual respect.

27
Spreading Christianity
  • The globalization, which is talked about so often
    these days, began with this effort to spread
    Christianity to every area of the world.

28
Encountering Jesus
  • We find that Christian history is full of people
    who have had these encounters with Jesus and then
    proclaim some message.

29
The Dark Side
  • There is a very dark side to Christianity, not
    because its teachings are false, but because it
    has had the opportunity to rule the world.

30
Too Radical?
  • Perhaps the message of Jesus was just too radical
    to be believed and lived.

31
Might Makes Right?
  • When we combine the need to be right with the
    power to enforce it, no matter what, then we have
    a very dangerous problem on our hands.

32
A Dangerous Combination
  • Once the problems of the false self were combined
    with unlimited power, the dark side emerged and
    has never gone away.

33
Lives Transformed
  • Imagine the state of the world if 2 billion
    Christians were living lives transformed by
    prayer and love into lives of service and
    compassion.

34
Praying for Our Enemies
  • Jesus taught Christians to love their enemies and
    pray for those who persecuted them.

35
Easy to Criticize
  • Its easy to criticize institutions
    organizations, but they are made up of people
    like us who have ideals dont always live up
    to them.

36
No Trace
  • As with so many of the negativities of
    Christianity, it is interesting to note that we
    cannot trace this problem back to Jesus.

37
Galatians 328
  • It is made clear There is no longer Jew or
    Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is
    no longer male or female for all of you are one
    in Christ Jesus.

38
First Printed Biblical Exegesis
  • As with so much of Christianity, it seems that
    how we interpret biblical passages has as much to
    do with our psychological attitudes as it does
    with biblical interpretation.

39
Second Century Christianity
  • By the second century, the most influential sects
    of the early Jesus movement became extremely
    misogynistic.

40
Dont Worry
  • There are some Christians who feel that
    ecological concern is unnecessary because Jesus
    will be coming back soon, and then it wont
    matter.

41
Superstition
  • Witch hunts were almost wholly based on
    superstition and fear of women, who were
    considered more open to diabolical influence than
    men.

42
Suffragettes
  • The liberation movement for women would not bear
    much fruit until the 20th century.

43
The Christian Right
  • Is it a temporary reaction to liberal movements
    regarding women, or is it here to stay? How will
    the ideas about women shape American history?

44
What Exactly Does It Mean?
  • The modern Christian who accepts on faith that
    Jesus is God isnt always aware that the church
    spent many centuries trying to figure what that
    means.
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