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Christopher Morse, in his book & Every Spirit: A Dogmatics of Christian Disbelief', examines various elements of Christian faith and theology by approaching what it means not to believe certain things.

Christopher Morse, in his book & Every Spirit: A Dogmatics of Christian Disbelief', examines various elements of Christian faith and theology by approaching what it means not to believe certain things. Approaching theology as a practice of faithful disbelief, he examines the relationship of faith, theology, church, scholarship, and every-day life.

Not Every Spirit book. To believe in God is not to believe everything. I applaud Morse's efforts to argue that, with every premise of the faith we accept, certain "faithful disbeliefs" become activated in our lives. He does an adequate job of describing many of my own faithful disbeliefs. The trouble is, he's wordy and hasn't organized the chapters well for easy reading.

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Professor Morse's meticulous scholarship in this book convinces Christians to examine not only what they believe .

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 d. -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.

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Christopher Ludwig Morse (born 1935) is an American Christian theologian. He is Dietrich Bonhoeffer Professor of Theology and Ethics at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Born in 1935 and raised in Virginia, Morse received a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Randolph–Macon College, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale Divinity School, and Master of Sacred Theology and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from Union Theological Seminary. He is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church.

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Flag as Inappropriate. Prominent in his main work, Not Every Spirit, is the notion of "faithful disbelief", a reference to 1 John 4:1. Essentially, Morse stands the older dogmatic traditions on their head. While most theologians argue for what Christians should believe, Morse argues for what people of faith should not believe, but rather actively "disbelieve". Some examples of Morse's "Christian Disbeliefs" are: Refusal to equate the Word of God with an object, including the Bible, turning God into a thing

To believe in God is not to believe everything. To trust everything without awareness of what is untrustworthy is not genuine faith in God.

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ISBN13: 978-1563380877

ISBN: 1563380870

Author: Christopher Morse

Category: Christian Books

Subcategory: Theology

Language: English

Publisher: Continuum; 1st edition (February 1, 1994)

Pages: 432 pages

ePUB size: 1830 kb

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Ariurin
One of the important elements of my theological education, and something that most every religious and non-religious person knows implicitly without realising explicitly, is that to believe anything carries with it the corollary that one does not believe the opposite. To believe that God exists, for example, precludes the belief that there is no God. To believe in one God precludes the belief in many gods and in no God. And so on...
`To believe in God is not to believe everything. To trust everything without awareness of what is trustworthy is not the faith in God to which one is called by the gospel.'
Christopher Morse, in his book `Not Every Spirit: A Dogmatics of Christian Disbelief', examines various elements of Christian faith and theology by approaching what it means not to believe certain things. Approaching theology as a practice of faithful disbelief, he examines the relationship of faith, theology, church, scholarship, and every-day life.
`The earliest Christians were persecuted not for what they professed to believe, but for their disbeliefs. Their refusal to worship at the imperial shrines is what identified them to the governing authorities.... Only Caesar preeminently could be Lord. The loyalty oath, the pledge of allegiance, throughout the empire was expressed in the words 'Kyrios Kaisar' (Caesar is Lord).... The confession 'Jesus Christ is Lord' represented a subversive claim. Entailed in the faith that Jesus was Lord was the disbelief of Caesar as Lord. The disbelief is what gave the confession concrete meaning and timeliness in that social context.'
In separating the wheat from the chaff (to use a biblical image), one can collect the wheat or the chaff, and through either process the two are separated. By taking a 'negative' approach, Morse enables the theological explorer a unique way of constructing a positive, meaningful theological framework.
Morse examines the topics of the Word of God, the Being of God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, Creation, Salvation, Humanity, the Church, and the Life to Come, each in turn systematically, and for each in turn proposing disbeliefs that will help make the structure of Christian beliefs more solid. Taking the first item (the Word of God) as example, Morse proposes the following:
`Christian faith as affirmed in the doctrine of the Word of God refuses to believe:
- all spirits or teachings that either deny God's otherness, or that interpret God's otherness as noncommunicative.
- any claim that God from the beginning has withheld from the church truth that is essential to saving faith.
- any claim that God's Word can be confined and is not now free to speak wherever and as God chooses.'
...and many more -- in this particular example, Morse comes up with 17 proposed disbeliefs, and examines each in turn to better enable the reader/student to gain a firmer grasp on what positive beliefs mean.
Morse's book was used as a recommended text for the systematic theology course at my seminary, and a great many students used it as their primary secondary theology source. It incorporates a wide range of contemporary issues and historical ideas that impact theology, and presents them in a systematic approach.
Ariurin
One of the important elements of my theological education, and something that most every religious and non-religious person knows implicitly without realising explicitly, is that to believe anything carries with it the corollary that one does not believe the opposite. To believe that God exists, for example, precludes the belief that there is no God. To believe in one God precludes the belief in many gods and in no God. And so on...
`To believe in God is not to believe everything. To trust everything without awareness of what is trustworthy is not the faith in God to which one is called by the gospel.'
Christopher Morse, in his book `Not Every Spirit: A Dogmatics of Christian Disbelief', examines various elements of Christian faith and theology by approaching what it means not to believe certain things. Approaching theology as a practice of faithful disbelief, he examines the relationship of faith, theology, church, scholarship, and every-day life.
`The earliest Christians were persecuted not for what they professed to believe, but for their disbeliefs. Their refusal to worship at the imperial shrines is what identified them to the governing authorities.... Only Caesar preeminently could be Lord. The loyalty oath, the pledge of allegiance, throughout the empire was expressed in the words 'Kyrios Kaisar' (Caesar is Lord).... The confession 'Jesus Christ is Lord' represented a subversive claim. Entailed in the faith that Jesus was Lord was the disbelief of Caesar as Lord. The disbelief is what gave the confession concrete meaning and timeliness in that social context.'
In separating the wheat from the chaff (to use a biblical image), one can collect the wheat or the chaff, and through either process the two are separated. By taking a 'negative' approach, Morse enables the theological explorer a unique way of constructing a positive, meaningful theological framework.
Morse examines the topics of the Word of God, the Being of God, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, Creation, Salvation, Humanity, the Church, and the Life to Come, each in turn systematically, and for each in turn proposing disbeliefs that will help make the structure of Christian beliefs more solid. Taking the first item (the Word of God) as example, Morse proposes the following:
`Christian faith as affirmed in the doctrine of the Word of God refuses to believe:
- all spirits or teachings that either deny God's otherness, or that interpret God's otherness as noncommunicative.
- any claim that God from the beginning has withheld from the church truth that is essential to saving faith.
- any claim that God's Word can be confined and is not now free to speak wherever and as God chooses.'
...and many more -- in this particular example, Morse comes up with 17 proposed disbeliefs, and examines each in turn to better enable the reader/student to gain a firmer grasp on what positive beliefs mean.
Morse's book was used as a recommended text for the systematic theology course at my seminary, and a great many students used it as their primary secondary theology source. It incorporates a wide range of contemporary issues and historical ideas that impact theology, and presents them in a systematic approach.
Kuve
This is one of those books that could start real, honest dialogue between those Christians who are the buckles of the Bible Belt, and those Christians who believe in God in Her infinite Wisdom. Morse, working with a Thomist (read Aquinas)model, outlines those things which he believes to be central to Christianity, outside of which things there is no Christianity. You may think he draws the boundary too far out, or too narrowly, but he is clear, concise, and a challenging read. What do you refuse to disbelieve?
Kuve
This is one of those books that could start real, honest dialogue between those Christians who are the buckles of the Bible Belt, and those Christians who believe in God in Her infinite Wisdom. Morse, working with a Thomist (read Aquinas)model, outlines those things which he believes to be central to Christianity, outside of which things there is no Christianity. You may think he draws the boundary too far out, or too narrowly, but he is clear, concise, and a challenging read. What do you refuse to disbelieve?