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Judgment According to the Deeds : An Appraisal of Article X of the Presbyterian Church of India's Confession of Faith
Authorship Description
Laldingluaia.
Bibliographical Details xvi, 140 p. ills. 23 cm.
Edition, Place & Publisher 1st ed. New Delhi, Christian World Imprints.
ISBN-10 9351480801
ISBN-13 9789351480808, 978-9351480808
Year of Publication 2015.
Series Christian Heritage Rediscovered - 24.
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The Presbyterian Church of India's Confession of Faith Article X deals with the doctrine of the Last Day. Its main theme is the resurrection of the dead and the subsequent "final judgment" where the living and the dead "shall be judged according to the deeds done in this present life." But the understanding and interpretation of the word "shall be judged according to the deeds" has often been held in tension with the basic theological principle of the Reformation, namely, "justification by grace alone through faith."

Beside this tension it poses, Article X is silent upon important eschatological themes like the immediate state of the dead, the second coming of Christ and millennialism which were major concerns of Mizo Christians soon after they embraced Christianity. The main focus of the Article X thus seems to be the impending judgment according to one's deeds on the Last Day. Taking all these into account, this book seeks to analyse the concept and the nature of "shall be judged according to the deeds" in Article X.

Asserting the interrelatedness of the concepts "judgment according to the deeds" and "justification by grace alone through faith," this book explores the biblical and theological background, and analyses the contextual understanding, of the concept of "judgment" in the afterlife and seeks its implication for shaping the present eschatological imagination of the Mizo Presbyterian Church in particular, and the wider Presbyterian families in India in general.

Contents

List of Abbreviations

Foreword

Acknowledgements

1. The Presence of the Future : The Present for the Future

2. The Concept of "Judgment According to the Deeds" : An Overview

3. Eschatological Concept of the Early Mizo Christians

4. Eschatology in the Confession of Faith of the Presbyterian Church of India

5. General Appraisal of Article X of the Presbyterian Church of India's Confession of Faith

Appendix

Bibliography

Rev. Laldingluaia is an Ordained Minister of the Presbyterian Church of India, Mizoram Synod, teaching Christian Theology and Ethics at the Aizawl Theological College, Aizawl, Mizoram. Prior to that assignment, he had been fully engaged in pastoral ministry in rural context both in and outside Mizoram for a number of years. His areas of interest include the theology of Augustine and John Calvin, Christian eschatology, theological hermeneutics and the interface of science and theology.


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