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Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms Paperback – November 1, 1996
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Nearly 6,000 terms from disciplines such as the Bible, church history, ethics, ministry, spirituality, theology, and worship are defined here by McKim, a professor at Memphis Theological Seminary. He describes his work as not deep but broad in its coverage. Definitions are usually just two or three sentences long. He provides etymologies for many words, usually from Hebrew, Greek, or Latin. Many entries make reference to the Bible, noting book, chapter, and verse. Pronunciation would have been helpful for some words (e.g., exegesis, hermeneutics). Although published by the Presbyterian Church, this dictionary can be used by members of other Protestant denominations and Roman Catholics. McKim notes when a word is used only in a specific tradition or if faiths differ in their use of a term. For example, in sacrament, he notes that the Roman Catholic Church recognizes seven sacraments and Protestants, two. Definitions are accessible to lay Christians.
There are many specialized dictionaries of theological terms, such as the Dictionary of Feminist Theologies [RBB Ag 96] and the Westminster Dictionary of Christian Ethics (1986), but this new work will be especially useful in academic and public libraries that need a general dictionary with broad coverage. Sandy Whiteley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Westminister Dictionary Of Theological Terms is a comprehensive volume which includes nearly 6,000 theological terms. Its brief and concise definitions capture a broad range of theological and related disciplines: biblical studies, church history, ethics, feminist theology, liberation theology, ministry, philosophy, social sciences, spirituality, worship, Protestant, Reformed, and kRoman Catholic theologies, and more. No other single voluem provides such easy access to so many theological definitions. Both the novice student and the theologically literatre reader will find the Westminister Dictionary Of Theological Terms to be of immense benefit in their studies, sermons, and writings. -- Midwest Book Review
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On reading an article by a leading Reformed theologian(Dr. Michael Horton), for example, I encountered this paragraph:
"Like Luther, Calvin challenged the identification of the Good News as "a new law" and Christ as a new Moses. However, he introduced (with Melancthon's help)
some critical nuances. While Luther disagreed sharply with Aquinas' characterization of the gospel as a "new law," he often perpetuates the tendency to treat
law and gospel as equivalent to Old and New Testaments. The Anabaptists pushed this further toward a Marcionite antithesis. In Calvin's treatment, there is
much greater nuance."
I looked up: Melancthon, Anabaptists, Marciontite. Here's the entry for "Marcionism/Marcionites":
"The teachings of Marcion (d. c. 160), which featured a sharp distinction between the 'God of wrath' of the Old Testament and the 'God of love' of the New Testament
and the view that Christ never became flesh. In Marcionism, Christianity replaces Judaism. Its canon was Luke's Gospel and ten Pauline letters."
The dictionary gave me just enough of an explanation to make heads or tails of the use of other such terms as well. I heartily recommend it for those who desire more than a passing knowledge of theology and less than a doctoral degree in divininty.
When the time came and the enemy attacks in every direction you first fired in semi' and then in burst mode - click - only one round discharged, Maybe the primer is weak. You immediately chamber another round - BANG-click! Maybe the armorer forgot to clean it? However this rifle is supposed to be just as reliable as the AK-47! In your frustration you switched back to "Safety", duck your head under cover, and opened the gun... it's clean.... so clean that the only thing in it is a lubricant on every working necessary part.
You resigned to only fire semi-automatically but you discovered to your horror you could only fire a single round and then manually charge the handle to extract spent casing and load another cartridge in. In the modern battlefield where every warrior is equipped with rapid-fire weapon systems, you have been reduced to operating it as a WWII Bolt Action rifle!
While of course my grief over that E-Book is not remotely close to a life or death struggle but the problem is that while the book have all the information I need "and then some", searching for any word at all becomes a laborious affair as the result of my typed in search gives me an entire list of where that particular word is used instead of putting the word and it's definition first.
For example when I typed the word "Communion" with a capital "C" the result of gives me 108 selection which I must look closely at each one (to give it credit adding capitals makes it easier) and when I typed "Trinity" it gives me 208 selections!
Some word are very easy to find as "Sola Fide" resulted in only two as the words were not in English (5 listed in English). Still with any other word, especially simple and more common words makes searching for each a student's nightmare. I typed in "Angel" and do you know what it gave me? 692 uses of (50 pages of it depending on your Zoom preference)! And finally the worst ... 2,366 .... for the word "God". And the capitalization have made no difference!
Whoever made this Kindle version of a book needs to make a way that users can easily find words of interest, Other Kindle or E-Books have done so either from the beginning or modified theirs for the sake of readers. For example, the best most easily used e-book, the New Oxford American Dictionary all you have to do is to type "G" and it immediately gives you every word that begins with "G" and as you continue typing "o" and "d" the search narrows to a list. The top word listed is "God".
Granted, maybe using a Tablet is easier but not a lot of us can afford one. I own a Paper White so I simply cannot slide my way to and bracketing to hit the mark, I have to click the side button for how many seconds according to how many pages look at each one carefully so I can avoid clicking on the wrong selection until I find it, Searching for words shouldn't be this hard which makes physical dictionaries worth the weight to carry unless your back is hurting.
Please, please, please, improve on Search so that searching for a single word wouldn't have to be so tiresome.