The CCEL Times 3.11 (November 3, 2008)
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From the Director
Announcing ‘Warranted Christian Belief’This month we are thrilled to announce the addition of the book Warranted Christian Belief by Alvin Plantinga, a philosopher Time magazine once called the "leading philosopher of God." This book was published in 2000 by Oxford University Press which has graciously given permission for us to put it online. Thanks!
Warranted Christian Belief is a philosophical defense of the reasonableness of belief in God and the great matters of the faith.
CCEL Christmas Gift Ideas
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The CCEL is a non-profit organization that makes classic Christian literature available on the web and on CD to more than 3 million unique visitors per year from 228 countries and territories. The CCEL cannot survive without the support of so many generous Christians. Purchasing Christmas gifts from the CCEL is a wonderful way to support our mission.
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"Now Thank We All Our God" by Martin Rinkart
Martin Rinkart (1586-1649) was a pastor during the horrors of the Thirty Years’ War, and that difficult ministry inspired him to both sacrificial service and to the writing of hymns of praise and confidence in God. As a youth he was a choirboy at the St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Germany, and then studied at the university there. He became a schoolmaster and cantor, held several pastorates, and became the archdeacon in Eilenburg in 1617, a position he held until his death. Because of the war the walled city of Eilenburg was overflowing with refugees, causing widespread disease and famine. During the epidemic of 1637 Rinkart officiated at over four thousand funerals, including his wife’s; at times he presided at fifty burials a day. But in spite of these incredible demands on his ministry, he wrote many theological works and sixty hymns, of which "Now Thank We All Our God" is best known.
Dark Night of the Soul by John of the Cross (1542-1591)
The Ancient Christian East
In this group we will read and discuss writers of the ancient Christian East, such as Ephraim the Syrian, The Cappadocian Fathers, the Desert Fathers, and other men and women (yes there were some) writers of the Christian Patristic age and the eastern Mediterranean. We will begin with Ephraim the Syrian. All readings can be downloaded for free from the CCEL or found other places on the Web.
George Whitefield on Gen. 5:24:
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