A Look at the God of the Christians
Mehrdad Fatehi is the author of this important book which in Persian has the title “The Trinity – A Look at the God of the Christians”. The mystery of the Trinity is difficult to understand for anyone, but maybe even more so for believers from Muslim background. The author has divided the book into two parts: 1)”The Trinity’s foundations”, which looks at the trinity in the Old and New Testament, the history of how the teaching of the Trinity developed, and what the teaching is, and 2)”The Trinity in Christian belief and living”. As the number of Iranian followers of Christ grows rapidly in these days, this is a very helpful and important book, written by an Iranian for Iranians. 257 pages.
A deeper look at the great foundations of the Christian faith
Main chapters: God; Christ; The Cross; The Resurrection; The Holy Spirit. Written by Dr. Mehrdad Fatehi, well-known theologian and teacher in the Persian Christian world.
The Spirit’s Relation to the Risen Lord in Paul
An Examination of Its Christological Implications
Published by the esteemed Mohr Siebeck Wunt Series, in this thesis Mehrdad Fatehi studies Paul’s letters and shows that the risen Lord is featured in the religious experiences of Paul and the Pauline believers as the present and active lord of the new covenant community. These experiences seem to point beyond the notion of a divine agent alongside God to a redefinition of the very concept of God in a way that it would include Christ within itself . This is confirmed by the way Paul and the Pauline communities believed themselves to have experienced the risen Lord through God’s Spirit.In Judaism in general, as well as in Paul, the Spirit was not regarded as an entity distinct or separable from God but as God himself in his presence and action in and among his people. Yet we have clear evidence in Paul’s letters that the risen Christ was experienced and conceived of as being present and active through the Spirit bestowing grace and gracious gifts, infusing wisdom, communicating his will, regenerating and transforming his people, and dwelling in and among them all through the Spirit in a way which is best understood after the analogy of God’s presence and work through the Spirit in Judaism. In other words, Paul’s ‘the Spirit of Christ’ is best understood after the analogy of ‘the Spirit of God’.Paul’s application of the Spirit-language to describe and interpret the Christians’ experiences of the risen Lord shows that Paul most probably presupposed a redefinition of monotheism in which Christ would be included within the Godhead.
Christian Encounters with Iran
Engaging Muslim Thinkers after the Revolution (International Library of Iranian Studies)
Interface between the current Shi’ite landscape and Christian thinking is of the greatest significance for the shifting political and religious dynamics of the Middle East. Sasan Tavassoli here examines Iranian Shi ite thinkers encounters with Christian thought since the Islamic revolution of 1979, and provides insight into the cultural and intellectual climate surrounding Christian-Muslim dialogue in contemporary Iran. The literature on Christianity in Iran reveals a wide range of approaches and attitudes, and Tavassoli demonstrates that traditional polemics are giving way to a more descriptive and subjective understanding of Christian thought. He also studies Muslim-Christian dialogue and research conducted and supported by governmental as well as non-governmental organizations, and offers a close examination, with interviews, of the work of three prominent liberal religious intellectuals – Abdol Karim Soroush, Mostafa Malekian and Mojtahed Shabestari. Placing contemporary Shi ite thought in the broad historical context of pre- and post-revolution Iran, Tavassoli relates concrete religious, cultural and socio-political realities to the themes and orientations in the latest phase of the Shi i Islam-Christianity encounter, and offers fresh insight into the dynamism of contemporary Islam and the religious complexities of the Muslim world.
Who is My Spouse?
Biblical Discernment in a Christian Marriag
By Edward Hovsepian-Mehr