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In this compact book Prosper Grech provides an overview of the various elements of spirituality present in the New Testament. Grech, an Augustinian Father, defines spirituality not in a New Age sense but rather as the full response in the life of a believer to Gods offer of salvation in Christ. He outlines key spiritual themes of early Christian belief drawn from Genesis, the Psalms, the Synoptic Gospels, Pauls epistles, the letter to the Hebrews, and the Johannine Gospel, letters, and apocalypse all crucial documents in the life of the New Testament churches. Drawing these various theological strands together, Grech crafts a complex portrait of a dynamic yet contemplative Christian spirituality a spirituality that not only saturated the New Testament church but continues to animate Christian life today.
In Islam: A Short Guide to the Faith, editors Roger Allen and Shawkat M. Toorawa have assembled fifteen chapters by fifteen noted scholars, each of which provides a lucid description and exploration of an aspect of Islam, its institutions, doctrines, and interactions, notably with Christianity, Judaism, and the modern world. The chapters are preceded by a foreword by a renowned scholar, sixteen full-color images, and a user-friendly bibliography for further viewing and reading. This concise yet thorough introduction to Islam is ideal for the general reader interested in learning more about Islam, and for use as an introductory text in high school and college classes.
In this straightforward and authoritative collection of fifteen essays - each by a different, specialized expert in the field - readers will encounter all the major elements of Islam, including its history, its beliefs, its practices, and its interactions, notably with Christianity, Judaism, and the modern world. Islam: A Short Guide to the Faith will inform and enlighten all who wish to better understand this increasingly influential world religion. Book jacket.