New Testament Faith for Today

By Amos N. Wilder

New Testament Faith for Today

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  • ISBN: 9781625646385
  • Pages: 186
  • Publication Date: 5/6/2014
  • Retail Price: $23.00
Web Price: $18.40
Web Price: $18.40

New Testament Faith for Today

By Amos N. Wilder

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781625646385
  • Pages: 186
  • Publication Date: 5/6/2014
  • Retail Price: $23.00
Web Price: $18.40

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What was the faith behind the proclamations of Jesus, the message of Paul, and the Johannine witness--and how can it be recovered today?

This penetrating and provocative book seeks to probe the various formulations of religious faith in the New Testament with a view to recovering the real essence and genius of Christianity today.

Dr. Wilder sees three principal strains--often harmonious but sometimes disparate--in New Testament faith: the proclamations of Jesus, the message of Paul, and the witness of John the Evangelist. First, he studies what has happened to our faith since its original message emerged from the concrete historical act and the resultant community of experience. In the time since, flesh and spirit, as well as humanity and divinity, have come to be regarded as mutually exclusive, making it necessary for scientific humanism to develop a language of its own--for religion has lost communication with it.

Jesus' message, however, was a total claim and a total hope, a prophetic forecast of human destiny. Paul, though he spoke a different language and used different symbols, laid the groundwork for an epochal revolution of the race. John, for his part, emphasized eternal life here and now and previsioned a Christian freedom. Dr. Wilder ends with a stirring plea for a postliberal viewpoint that will recover the insights of the past without its mythology and terminology.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"A man of letters in the best sense of the term, Amos Wilder was an important scholar of the New Testament, a foundational figure in the study of the Bible through the techniques of literary criticism, a poet, and a sensitive critic of Modernist literature. All of his books are valuable for anyone interested in the intellectual history of the twentieth century, and in their own right for their thoughtful analysis of significant religious and literary issues."
--Christopher J. Wheatley, The Catholic University of America

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Amos N. Wilder

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Amos N. Wilder (1895-1993), New Testament scholar, poet, literary critic, and clergyman, received all earned degrees from Yale. His teaching career included posts at Andover Newton Theological School, Chicago Theological Seminary and the University of Chicago, and Harvard Divinity School. Special honors included the Golden Rose of the New England Poetry Club (1943) and the Bross Prize (1952). Wilder also received the Croix de guerre for service in World War I. He was the brother of playwright and novelist Thornton Wilder.

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