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Hitler’s Rise to Power and the Moral Collapse of Nation

How did it come to this? Sebastian Haffner’s Account of Hitler’s Rise to Power and the Moral Collapse of Nation In early May (May 1-3) of this year, an international group of Bonhoeffer scholars and interested graduate students will discuss the idea of Christian Humanism in Bonhoeffer’s theology and in the works of the well-known American […]

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The Humanist Lens was developed in 2010 because in much popular and academic literature, the meaning of "humanism" was defined predominantly by the secular narrative. Yet the equation of humanism with secular humanism and with the liberation of humanity from religion greatly distorts the varied and often richly religious history of humanism. Since there are many "humanisms," we found it important to start a discussion on Christian Humanism and its roots in Classical thought and early Christian teaching.
Our hope is that people read, watch, listen and engage with what Professor Zimmermann and others have to say about humanism and join in the discussion on how a better understanding of Christian Humanism will in turn benefit society in general as we deal with some of the crisis points in Western Society.
Sincerely,
The Humanist Lens team

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Faith of Our Fathers: Irenaeus’s On the Apostolic Preaching (pt. 5)

5. Logos and Reality After establishing his Trinitarian theological framework, Irenaeus offers what one may call a narrative catechism, walking the reader through all major biblical events from Genesis and the creation of human beings to Christ’s coming as the fulfillment of God’s promises to Israel. To no one’s surprise, Irenaeus reads the scriptures Christologically […]

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Faith of Our Fathers: Irenaeus’s On the Apostolic Preaching (pt. 4)

4.Completing the Trinity:  The Spirit and the Baptism of Regeneration The third pillar of the Christian faith in Irenaeus’ baptism formula is the Holy Spirit, whom he describes as “the Wisdom of the Father of all,” (p. 46) and as an agent of regeneration and illumination: The Holy Spirit, through whom the prophets prophesied and […]

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Faith of Our Fathers: Irenaeus’s On the Apostolic Preaching (pt. 3)

3. The “Recapitulation” of All Things In our last post, we had begun to look at Irenaeus’s commentary on the Trinitarian baptismal formula. The first pillar of the Christian faith was the nature of God the Father. Another crucial element of the Christian faith is the work of the Son through the incarnation. It is […]

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