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Divine Guidance: Lessons for Today from the World of Early Christianity

John A. Jillions

Abstract

How are claims to God’s guidance to be understood against the background of fears, fundamentalism, and violence inspired by religious belief? But equally, how are acts of humanity, love, and sacrificial service to be understood, when they also claim to be inspired by God? How is healthy religion to be distinguished from unhealthy religion? Questions like these were the subject of lively debate in the first-century world of Corinth, where the views of Greek, Roman, Jewish, and early Christian residents mixed continually, and where Paul established one of the first Christian communities. While t ... More

Keywords: divine guidance, discernment, delusion, rational, mystical, Greco-Roman, Jewish, Paul, 1 Corinthians, religious experience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190055738
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190055738.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John A. Jillions, author
Associate Professor of Religion and Culture, St Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary

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