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Discerning the Spirits


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Preface; Abbreviations; Part I. Introduction; 1. The conceptual approach; Part II. What Requires Discernment? The Objects of Evaluation: 2. The discernment of ethical questions; 3. The discernment of spirits; 4. Discerning all things: the structure of Paul's epistemology; Part III. How Can and Should True Discernment Take Place?: 5. The context and background of Paul; 6. How does Paul believe true discernment can and should take place?; Part IV. Conclusion: 7. Recapitualtion and implications for theology; Bibliography; Indices.

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For Paul, the will of God is discerned through renewed thinking inspired by God's love.

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Andre Munzinger is Lecturer and Research Assistant of Seminar Director Professor Dr Konrad Stock, Seminar of Protestant Theology, University of Koln.


Review of the hardback: '... this is a fine piece of work that should probe to be a volume with which many will find it useful to interact in future research.' Scripture Bulletin
Review of the hardback: 'This demanding and thorough study achieves exactly the right balance between the revelatory (Spirit) and the natural (human mind).' Journal for the Study of the New Testament
Review of the hardback: ' important contribution towards a deeper understanding of the concept of discernment in Pauline theology.' Neotestamentica
Review of the hardback: 'Munzinger's volume provides useful information for those interested in Paul's conception of discernment, pneumatology, or his approach to identity formation within the early Christ-movement. It is an excellent example of cross-disciplinary research providing both theological and ethical insights into the thinking of the apostle Paul on this important ecclesiological and anthropological topic.' Criswell Theological Review
'... Munzinger's work [is] riveting ... with impressive ... finesse ...' Szazadok
"...His work stimulates fruitful paths for understanding how Paul expected the believing community to do the work of discernment beyond the obvious, direct teaching of Scripture." --Gary T. Meadors, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI: Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
"... Munzinger's work [is] riveting ... with impressive ... finesse ..." Szazadok

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