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Discerning the Divine: God in Christian Theology

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An ideal introduction to Christian theology, Discerning the Divine presents the doctrine of God as the most important subject in Christian believing and living. Chapters discuss the complex God question and the task of Christian theology. Includes a glossary of terms.

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Overview

An ideal introduction to Christian theology, Discerning the Divine presents the doctrine of God as the most important subject in Christian believing and living. Chapters discuss the complex God question and the task of Christian theology. Includes a glossary of terms.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664227524
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author


Barry L. Callen is University Professor of Christian Studies at Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana. He has written or edited more than sixteen books and is editor of the Wesleyan Theological Journal. In addition to his teaching and writing, he is a popular speaker at churches and conferences in North America and around the world.
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Table of Contents

1 Launching the journey 1
The complex God question 2
The task of Christian theology 8
The paths being followed 12
2 Related but not diminished 17
Theological renewal and nervousness 18
The deeply moved "first mover" 23
The theistic quest 28
3 Biblical appearances 35
God known as God acts 36
Motifs and appropriate adjectives 41
Paradigm and name 50
4 The "classical" portrait 59
The high-water mark of theology? 63
In response to early challenges 66
Current readings of the "classic" Christian tradition 72
Theological types in church history 78
The importance of theological history 80
5 Disappearance and reappearance 83
Disappearance : domesticating deity 84
Reappearance : let God be God! 92
Coming, going, coming again 96
6 In experience, myth, and symbol 99
A response-able God 101
Contemporary priority of the existential 103
Seeking the essence of being 107
God in revelation and real history 112
7 A near-death experience 117
God as irrelevant, then abhorrent 118
Obituary for the divine 121
The "finite" God of process 127
Evil and the threat of a divine demise 130
God may yet be alive! 132
8 Seen in suffering and marginalization 135
Our suffering and God's 137
Through the eyes of justice 145
Gender and God 149
9 Over new horizons 153
Living from the vision 154
The theology of hope 157
Dealing with diversity 163
God and the future 169
10 Still the great three-in-one 171
God as triadic community 172
The enduring trinitarian focus 176
The practical significance of trinitarianism 183
Benediction 191
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