"Why Did Adam Fall?" and Other Unasked-For SermonsAuthor: Jeffrey Tiel
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: 2015-11-05
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The Christian revelation has provided a goldmine of enrichment to our understanding. But it has also led many of us to ponder, not just straightforward difficulties, but curiosities whose solution enhances our grasp of the divine mission of transforming selfish shadows into loving persons. As a medium, the sermon provides a remarkable platform for peering deeply into these matters, but in a way that never separates the theory from the heartfelt need and practice that confronts us in our daily lives. The tongue-in-cheek title suggests that we actually wonder about much more than we are comfortable disclosing, not only the sorts of questions illustrated by the title essay on why Adam fell, but many other challenges: how to retain hope in the midst of great loss, how divine forgiveness squares with our understanding of justice, what being creatures uniquely made in the divine image means for our lives, the value of grand-parenting and its inherent link to sainthood, and many other fascinating problems.
Jeffrey Tiel, Ph.D., is an author and lecturer living in Ohio. He previously taught at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY, as well as Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. He is an award-winning teacher, known for bringing ancient ideas to life. His extensive travels throughout the Mediterranean world--through Italy, Egypt, Israel, and Greece--provide a rich historical context for the characters and plotline of the novel. The Search for Melchizedek is the first in a trilogy of novels.