To Unite the Scattered Children of God (Paperback)
To Unite the Scattered Children of God is an accessible exploration of hope for the spiritual uniting of humankind, in worship and in other ways, from Isaiah on down to present times. Several prophets shared this hope: "Many nations shall join themselves to the Lord on that day, and shall be my people" (Zech 2:11). To an even greater degree, Jesus set in motion a universalizing power. Jesus and Paul inspired hope for the uniting of Jews, Samaritans, and Gentiles into "one fold," in the "unity of the faith." The book also builds upon the work of Teilhard de Chardin regarding the convergence of the human race under the spiritual influence of Christ, the omega point of evolution. Insights from pneumatology, process theology, personalism, interfaith discussions, and world peace advocacy add to the discussion.
Stephen Finlan is the pastor at The First Church, West Bridgewater, MA. He is the author of eight academic books, including Problems with Atonement (2005), The Family Metaphor in Jesus' Teaching (2013), Bullying in the Churches (2015), and Salvation Not Purchased (2020). He has taught at Drew University, Fordham University, and other institutions.