By the Renewing of Your Minds
Through close readings of a number of classic texts, Charry develops the thesis that classic Christian theology is shaped by pastoral and moral purposes, in an attempt to show theologians how to teach the faith in a morally constructive fashion....
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Through close readings of a number of classic texts, Charry develops the thesis that classic Christian theology is shaped by pastoral and moral purposes, in an attempt to show theologians how to teach the faith in a morally constructive fashion.
This book develops the thesis that classical Christian theology seeks to help believers flourish by knowing and loving God. Ellen Charry argues this premise by example, offering a close reading of a number of classical texts, from the New Testament era to the Reformation, including works of Paul, Augustine, Athanasius, Basil of Caesarea, Anselm, and Calvin. She points out the pastoral and moral aims that shape the teachings of these theologians on a wide range of topics, including the Trinity; human beings as created in the image of God; the incorporation of Jews and Gentiles into the body of Christ in baptism; the incarnation, death, and resurrection of Christ; and the divinity of the Holy Spirit. Charry explains that the very logic of their arguments is shaped by the author's concern for the goodness and happiness that should result from living into the doctrines. She further shows that although the spiritual and pastoral purposes of these writings are many and complex, they are inv
Ellen Charry (Ph.D., Temple University) is Margaret W. Harmon Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. Her interest is in the role of Christian practices and beliefs in the spiritual life. She teaches a Ph.D. seminar in patristic theology, often Augustine's doctrine of God, she serves as an editor-at-large for The Christian Century.
She has authored God and the Art of Happiness with assistance from the Evangelical Education Society of the Episcopal Church. Her other major publications include By the Renewing of Your Minds: The Pastoral Function of Christian Doctrine (Oxford University Press) and Inquiring after God: Classic and Contemporary Readings (Blackwell) and Psalms (Brazos Theological Commentary)