The Astonished Heart
Reclaiming the Good News from the Lost and Found of Church History
By (author) Robert Farrar Capon
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Astonished Heart by Robert Farrar Capon
Book DescriptionWhere has the church been, and what has it become? According to Robert Farrar Capon, the answers to these questions are in many ways dispiriting. Although the church has done much good, it has also made numerous blunders in its checkered history. Chief among them is that it has lost its astonishment over the Good News of the gospel - the gift of salvation we receive from Christ. By taking readers on an illuminating ramble through the history of the church, Capon shows how we have lost this sense of astonishment by making Christianity into a religion that focuses on requirements and restrictions rather than on the Good News, and by turning the church, which should be a body of believers, into an institution that emphasizes its corporate functions to the detriment of its gospel message. After exploring all the ways in which the church has mis-embodied itself over the centuries, Capon explains how the church today might re-create itself. The key, according to Capon, is recovering the gift of astonishment with which it began. Capon is fully alert to both the tragedy and the comedy of church history, and he covers this uneven ground with great heart and great humor - and genuine hope for the future of the church.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780802807915
(229mm x 152mm x 8mm)
Imprint: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Publish Date: 26-Jan-1996
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Robert Farrar Capon
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Originally published: Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1969.
Fingerprints of God, Paperback (September 2000)
Capon takes readers on a fascinating sleuthing project, developing a history of images to find evidence of the Divine Suspect in readers' midsts. Novel, wise and entertaining, "The Fingerprints of God" offers an engaging presentation of faith and the host of images that either strengthen or erode it.
Foolishness of Preaching, Paperback (March 1998)View all books by Robert Farrar Capon
What is the foundation of good preaching? How should preachers prepare themselves to faithfully and effectively address the church. These are the kinds of questions Robert Farrar Capon tackles with freshness and frankness in Foolishness of Preaching
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