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Christian Fasting: A Theological Approach [Paperback]

by Kent D. Berghuis
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January 16, 2013 0737501464 978-0737501469
This published dissertation develops an integrative theology of fasting from an evangelical Christian perspective. The progress of revelation is seen as centering on the work of Jesus Christ in a canonical theology. Two chapters have been devoted to studying the references to fasting in scripture, one each on the Old and New Testaments. This reflection is also done in conversation with the Christian community, both in its historical trajectories as well as contemporary forms. A chapter has been devoted to the extensive discussion of fasting in the patristic era, as well as another chapter that traces the history of fasting practices through monasticism, the Reformation, and into their decline in the modern era. In the fifth chapter of the body of the dissertation, the contemporary reawakening to fasting in Catholic, Orthodox, and evangelical traditions is examined. The integrating eschatological motif of the nature of the age that is seen emerging from the larger study of fasting is then stated in a christocentric fashion within the context of the story of God’s redemption. This synthetic theology is applied in the cultural context of evangelical Christianity in the beginning of the twenty-first century. Christian fasting must ultimately be centered on Christ, reflect proper ways of engaging the human body in sanctification, and remember the corporate nature of the believer’s community. It is hoped that this thesis will set fasting in an appropriate, positive theological context, so that its biblical and Christian heritage might be expressed in renewed spiritual expressions.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Biblical Studies Press (January 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0737501464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0737501469
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,227,332 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Best Book on Fasting November 24, 2007
In my research for a book on fasting I read a shelf full of books and a stacks of journal articles, and without question the finest thing I read was by Kent Berghuis, called <em>Christian Fasting: A Theological Approach</em>. He gets the essence of fasting right, and he is one of the very few who sees fasting as having an eschatological dimension. This may be a research book but it is written so well anyone seriously interested in thinking about fasting at a level deeper than "what should I do? how should I do it?" will find this book delightful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource June 17, 2012
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This is an excellent comprehensive look on the discipline of fasting. Berghuis covers what the historical development of fasting from differing Christian orthodox perspective in various eras of Christian history, especially the Patristic Era, He includes in appendixes two extant sermons on fasting by Basil and an extensive table of fasting in Scripture, which I have found to be very helpful for serious study devotionally and, should one prefer, indepth.

It is not the usual kind of study on fasting read in many other books on the subject. It is very indepth and covers many areas of its development and practice. The author contends fasting has been "overlooked as a topic of thorough theological study in the modern era." Although I ahve read many books on fasting, I agree with his assessment and Berghuis' book clearly fills the gap.

Along with "Fasting" by Scot McKnight (who wrote the forward to Berghuis' "Christian Fasting"), this book is great benefit for those particularly interested in confirming fasting as a valid and important Christian practice for today.
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