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Not Every Spirit

Not Every Spirit

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Not Every Spirit explores the notion of Christian faith as disbelief and how the task of "testing the spirits" develops and comes to be understood within Christianity as a theological discipline called dogmatics. It also focuses on uncovering disbeliefs of the Christian faith concerning the Word of God, the being of God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, creation, salvation, humanity, the church, and the life to come. This book is a fresh and timely dogmatic text that will take its place as a standard work on Christian teachings.

^^To believe in God is not to believe everything. To trust everything without awareness of what is untrustworthy is not genuine faith in God. In a biblical understanding of faith in God, then,

  • what is the role of the call not to believe every spirit?
  • What disbeliefs does faithfulness require?
  • Are there some things that Christian faith refuses to believe?
  • If so, how do we come to recognize what they are?
"The presence of faithful disbelief in the church," Professor Morse suggests, "gives the church's teaching and practice its timeliness in every cultural situation."

Part One of his book therefore explores the notion of Christian faith as disbelief and how the task of "testing the spirits" develops and comes to be understood within Christianity as a theological discipline called dogmatics. Part two focuses on uncovering disbeliefs of the Christian faith concerning the Word of God, the being of God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, creation, salvation, humanity, the church, and the life to come. Here, then, is a fresh and timely dogmatic text that will take its place as a standard work on Christian teachings.

"Professor Morse's meticulous scholarship in this book convinces Christians to examine not only what they believe but also to give attention to what they are called to disbelieve. In today's world of turmoil, distrust, and violence, Morse's work challenges Christians to reflect seriously on what they are to believe and what they are to do."
Delores S. Williams, Union Seminary, NY Christopher Morse holds the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Chair in Theology and Ethics at Union Seminary, New York, and is the author of The Logic of Promise in Moltmann's Theology.



- Publisher Since its initial release over a decade ago, Not Every Spirit has continued to serve as an important and unique contribution to the understanding of Christian dogmatics-not in terms of what the Christian faith does believe, but, in fact, what it does not believe. Updated for today's audience, Morse again reminds us that to believe in God is not to believe everything, but rather it is to test what truly is of God and what is not. To trust everything without awareness of what is untrustworthy is not genuine faith in God. The presence of faithful disbelief in the Church gives the Church's teaching and practice its timeliness in every cultural situation. In the contemporary climate, this message is as true as it was upon this volume's first publication. Students and scholars alike will find this volume to be a welcome, instructive, and challenging resource, useful for the careful consideration and discernment of what the Christian faith is not. Only then can we begin to understand that God's grace is truly God's being for us. Book jacket.

- Publisher

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About "Not Every Spirit"

Not Every Spirit explores the notion of Christian faith as disbelief and how the task of "testing the spirits" develops and comes to be understood within Christianity as a theological discipline called dogmatics. It also focuses on uncovering disbeliefs of the Christian faith concerning the Word of God, the being of God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, creation, salvation, humanity, the church, and the life to come. This book is a fresh and timely dogmatic text that will take its place as a standard work on Christian teachings.

^^To believe in God is not to believe everything. To trust everything without awareness of what is untrustworthy is not genuine faith in God. In a biblical understanding of faith in God, then,

  • what is the role of the call not to believe every spirit?
  • What disbeliefs does faithfulness require?
  • Are there some things that Christian faith refuses to believe?
  • If so, how do we come to recognize what they are?
"The presence of faithful disbelief in the church," Professor Morse suggests, "gives the church's teaching and practice its timeliness in every cultural situation."

Part One of his book therefore explores the notion of Christian faith as disbelief and how the task of "testing the spirits" develops and comes to be understood within Christianity as a theological discipline called dogmatics. Part two focuses on uncovering disbeliefs of the Christian faith concerning the Word of God, the being of God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, creation, salvation, humanity, the church, and the life to come. Here, then, is a fresh and timely dogmatic text that will take its place as a standard work on Christian teachings.

"Professor Morse's meticulous scholarship in this book convinces Christians to examine not only what they believe but also to give attention to what they are called to disbelieve. In today's world of turmoil, distrust, and violence, Morse's work challenges Christians to reflect seriously on what they are to believe and what they are to do."
Delores S. Williams, Union Seminary, NY Christopher Morse holds the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Chair in Theology and Ethics at Union Seminary, New York, and is the author of The Logic of Promise in Moltmann's Theology.


- Publisher

Since its initial release over a decade ago, Not Every Spirit has continued to serve as an important and unique contribution to the understanding of Christian dogmatics-not in terms of what the Christian faith does believe, but, in fact, what it does not believe. Updated for today's audience, Morse again reminds us that to believe in God is not to believe everything, but rather it is to test what truly is of God and what is not. To trust everything without awareness of what is untrustworthy is not genuine faith in God. The presence of faithful disbelief in the Church gives the Church's teaching and practice its timeliness in every cultural situation. In the contemporary climate, this message is as true as it was upon this volume's first publication. Students and scholars alike will find this volume to be a welcome, instructive, and challenging resource, useful for the careful consideration and discernment of what the Christian faith is not. Only then can we begin to understand that God's grace is truly God's being for us. Book jacket.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Christopher Morse

Christopher Morse (Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary) is the Dietrich Bonhoeffer Professor of Theology and Ethics at Union. Dr. Morse is an ordained minister of the United Methodist Church. His field of research and teaching is systematic theology, with particular emphasis on developing the practice of dogmatics and ethics as a "testing of the spirits" in regard to formative Christian dogmatic traditions and to the contemporary significance and assessment of church doctrines.

His major published works are Christian doctrine, Not Every Spirit: A Dogmatics of Christian Disbelief, The Difference Heaven Makes: Rehearing the Gospel as News and The Logic of Promise in Moltmann's Theology.

Table Of Contents

  • Preface; Part I: Christian Faith As Disbelief; Chapter 1: The Call To Faithful Disbelief; Chapter 2: Theology As The Task Of Faithful Disbelief; Chapter 3: Testing The Spirits Today; Chapter 4: Tests Of Doctrinal Faithfulness; Part 2: Disbeliefs Of The Christian Faith; Chapter 5: Exploring Doctrines: Preamble To Part 2; Chapter 6: The Word Of God; Chapter 7: The Being Of God; Chapter 8: Jesus Christ; Chapter 9: The Holy Spirit; Chapter 10: Creation; Chapter 11: Salvation; Chapter 12: Humanity; Chapter 13: The Church; Chapter 14: The Life To Come; Notes; Index Of Scriptural References; Index Of Names; Index Of Subjects.

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  • Catalogue Code 282579
  • Product Code 9780567027436
  • ISBN 0567027430
  • EAN 9780567027436
  • Pages 432
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Bloomsbury T&t Clark
  • Publication Date Apr 2009
  • Sales Rank #47783
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 25 mm
  • Weight 0.001kg

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