Comment J sus est devenu Dieu
« Pour vous qui suis-je ? » Cette interrogation de Jésus à ses disciples n’a rien perdu de sa force. Les Evangiles laissent planer un doute sur l’identité de cet homme hors du commun : est-il un prophète ? le Messie attendu par les juifs ? le Fils de Dieu ? De nos jours, le christianisme est pourtant la seule religion qui affirme que son fondateur est à la fois homme et Dieu. Comment les chrétiens des premiers siècles ont-ils progressivement été amenés à affirmer la divinité de Jésus alors que lui-même ne s’est jamais identifié à Dieu ? Comment, à l’issue de débats passionnés, furent élaborés les dogmes de la Sainte Trinité et de l’Incarnation ? Quels autres regards ont été rejetés comme « hérétiques » lors de ces virulentes joutes théologiques qui ont coûté la vie à certains ? Quel a été le rôle du pouvoir politique dans l’élaboration du credo chrétien à partir du IVe siècle et de la conversion de l’empereur Constantin ? Ecrit comme un récit, cet ouvrage captivant permet de comprendre la naissance du christianisme ainsi que les fondements de la foi chrétienne et pose avec acuité la question centrale : qui est Jésus ? Philosophe, Frédéric Lenoir est aussi directeur du Monde des religions et producteur de l’émission « Les racines du ciel » sur France Culture. Il a écrit de nombreux ouvrages sur la religion, dont La Rencontre du bouddhisme et de l’Occident (Fayard, 1999), Le Christ philosophe (Plon, 2007), Socrate, Jésus, Bouddha (Fayard, 2009). Il est également l’auteur de romans historiques traduits en vingt-cinq langues, tel L’Oracle della Luna (Albin Michel, 2006), ainsi que de la pièce de théâtre Bonté divine !
The Angel s Promise
Rising out of the sea on a rocky isle off the coast of France, the church and abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel have withstood the harsh northern weather - and withheld its darkest medieval mysteries - for one thousand years. Until now. Now a young, brilliant archeologist, Johanna, responding to the cryptic utterance of a headless monk that has haunted her dreams since childhood - "To enter heaven one must dig into the earth" - has begun to uncover and explore secrets that have long lain buried at the sacred site. For not even ten centuries have been able to obliterate completely the brutal treachery of the Benedictine monk Brother Almodius or the misfortunes of the tender-hearted Brother Roman in his forbidden love for a Celtic girl, Moira, who experienced ritualistic torture by the elements of earth, air, fire, and water. In ancient ritual, in foreboding visions, in an expedition at once metaphysical and archeological, Johanna ardently researches the past only to discover that its bizarre, murderous history has begun to be repeated in the present. Reality becomes an elusive, dangerous place, and it leaves Johanna with no one she can fully trust: from her married lover, Francois, who is also the Minister of Cultural Monuments; to Simon, the cosmopolitan antique dealer whose family is strangely connected to the abbey; to Guillaume, whose passion for Johanna's work comes not unalloyed; to the jealous archeologist - and devious saboteur - Patrick Fenoy. Her science increasingly challenged by inexplicable mysteries, in the embrace of peril Johanna treads the ancient stones and arcana in the depths of the Romanesque abbey at Mont-Saint-Michel as this thriller unfolds.
Why Oh Why My God
When Abbé Pierre of the Emmaus communities died at the age 94 on 22 January 2007, the BBC hailed him as "France's leading champion of the destitute and homeless". In his final book, "Why, oh why, my God?" Abbé Pierre reflected on his life, faith, vocation and continuing commitment to serving the worlds' poor. He also offered insights into today's most pressing religious and social issues. In conversation with Frédéric Lenoir in 2004-2005, the abbé took up his long-term reflection on original sin, evil, and the meaning of life. Despite his age and bad health, he was obsessed by many fundamental questions. Frédéric Lenoir proposed to note down the fruits of their discussions and over a period of about a year, meeting almost weekly, this small book was born. This book is neither a treatise nor a statement but rather a series of brief meditations on Christian faith and the sense of human life. Not only does it touch on fundamental points of Christian doctrine, but also on intimate and burning topical subjects such as sexuality and the marriage of priests, the place of women in the church, parenting by same sex partners and the election of a new pope. Far from being stilted religious propaganda, this meditations represent the essential spiritual and theological preoccupations of the founder of Emmaus community -- and can be seen as his spiritual testament.
When Jesus Became God
The story of Jesus is well known, as is the story of Christian persecutions during the Roman Empire. The history of fervent debate, civil strife, and bloody riots within the Christian community as it was coming into being, however, is a side of ancient history rarely described. Richard E. Rubenstein takes the reader to the streets of the Roman Empire during the fourth century, when a fateful debate over the divinity of Jesus Christ is being fought. Ruled by a Christian emperor, followers of Jesus no longer fear for the survival of their monotheistic faith but break into two camps regarding the direction of their worship. Is Jesus the son of God and therefore not the same as God? Or is Jesus precisely God on earth and therefore equal to Him? The vicious debate is led by two charismatic priests. Arius, an Alexandrian priest and poet, preaches that Jesus, though holy, is less than God. Athanasius, a brilliant and violent bishop, sees any diminution of Jesus' godhead as the work of the devil. Between them stands Alexander, the powerful Bishop of Alexandria, who must find a resolution that will keep the empire united and the Christian faith alive. With thorough historical, religious, and social research, Rubenstein vividly recreates one of the most critical moments in the history of religion.
The Jesus Dynasty
Presents an alternative interpretation of early Christian history that claims that Jesus intended to establish a royal dynasty, based on his descent from King David, for the spiritual and political redemption of the Jews.
A huge bestseller in Europe, Frederic Lenoir’s Happiness is an exciting journey that examines how history’s greatest philosophers and religious figures have answered life’s most fundamental question: What is happiness and how do I achieve it? From the ancient Greeks on—from Aristotle, Plato, and Chuang Tzu to the Buddha, Jesus, and Muhammad; from Voltaire, Spinoza, and Schopenhauer to Kant, Freud, and even modern neuroscientists—Lenoir considers the idea that true and lasting happiness is indeed possible. In clear language, Lenoir concisely surveys what the greatest thinkers of all time have had to say on the subject, and, with charming prose, raises provocative questions: · Do we have a duty to be happy? · Is there a connection between individual and collective happiness? · Is happiness contagious? · Is there a difference between pleasure and happiness? · Can unhappiness and happiness coexist? · Does our happiness depend on our luck? Understanding how civilization’s best minds have answered those questions, Lenoir suggests, not only makes for a fascinating reading experience, but also provides a way for us to see us how happiness, that most elusive of feelings, is attainable in our own lives.
The Son of God
This work significantly advances the critical discussion of New Testament Christology. Hengel examines the titles Son and God. He points toward an inner consistency and dynamic in the development of the doctrine of Christ in primitive Christianity as the movement proceeded from the Gospels' account of the death of Jesus to the high Christology present in the Pauline writings. Historical scholarship and theological -- one might even say dogmatic -- questions must not stand in unresolved contradiction. On the contrary, the historian misunderstands the nature of New Testament Christology if he does not grasp its theological concern and its inner consistency, while a dogmatic approach that does not take seriously the historical course of Christianity is in danger of becoming no more than abstract speculation. It is therefore vitally important to unite historical research and the theological search for truth.
Called "The Black Pope" by many of his followers, Anton La Vey began the road to High Priesthood of the Church of Satan when he was only 16 years old and an organ player in a carnival: "On Saturday night I would see men lusting after halfnaked girls dancing at the carnival, and on Sunday morning when I was playing the organ for tent-show evangelists at the other end of the carnival lot, I would see these same men sitting in the pews with their wives and children, asking God to forgive them and purge them of carnal desires. And the next Saturday night they'd be back at The carnival or some other place of indulgence. "I knew then that the Christian Church thrives on hypocrisy, and that man's carnal nature will out!" From that time early in his life his path was clear. Finally, on the last night of April, 1966—Walpurgisnacht, the most important festival of the believers in witchcraft—LaVey shaved his head in the tradition of Ancient executioners and announced the formation of The Church Of Satan. He had seen the need for a church that would recapture man's body and his carnal desires as objects of celebration. "Since worship of fleshly things produces pleasure," he said, "there would then be a temple of glorious indulgence . . ."
When Heaven Invades Earth
It is truly possible for human people to walk in the divine, and Christ came to show us the way. It is by rediscovering our true identity in Him that we can begin to move into the promises of God regarding the miraculous. Bill Johnson not only teaches the supernatural, he imparts it by changing the way we think. By laying a carefully constructed biblical foundation for walking in the supernatural powers of God, this book provides all the equipment you need to experience miracles every day.
God s Chinese Son The Taiping Heavenly Kingdom of Hong Xiuquan
"A magnificent tapestry . . . a story that reaches beyond China into our world and time: a story of faith, hope, passion, and a fatal grandiosity."--Washington Post Book World Whether read for its powerful account of the largest uprising in human history, or for its foreshadowing of the terrible convulsions suffered by twentieth-century China, or for the narrative power of a great historian at his best, God's Chinese Son must be read. At the center of this history of China's Taiping rebellion (1845-64) stands Hong Xiuquan, a failed student of Confucian doctrine who ascends to heaven in a dream and meets his heavenly family: God, Mary, and his older brother, Jesus. He returns to earth charged to eradicate the "demon-devils," the alien Manchu rulers of China. His success carries him and his followers to the heavenly capital at Nanjing, where they rule a large part of south China for more than a decade. Their decline and fall, wrought by internal division and the unrelenting military pressures of the Manchus and the Western powers, carry them to a hell on earth. Twenty million Chinese are left dead.