The Domestication Of Transcendence / Edition 1

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Overview

William Placher looks at "classical" Christian theology (Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Martin Luther) and contrasts it with the Christian discourse about God that evolved in the seventeenth century. In particular, he deals with the notion of transcendence that gained prominence in this era and its impact on modern theology and modern thinking today. He persuasively argues that useful lessons can be drawn from premodern thinking about God, especially when viewed within the context of contemporary objections to it. This reexamination, according to Placher, has practical and profound implications for modern theology.

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Placher (theology, Wabash Coll.) argues that much contemporary discourse about God is directed at a mistaken understanding of the classical Christian doctrines of God. Placher uses the doctrines formulated by Aquinas, Luther, and Calvin to recapture a sense of God's transcendence in the modern age. Placher's book is an elegant theological essay that exposes the wealth of Christian history as well as the bankruptcy of much modern God-talk. Recommended for most libraries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664256357
  • Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
  • Publication date: 8/6/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 1,009,970
  • Product dimensions: 0.54 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


William C. Placher was Charles D. and Elizabeth S. LaFollette Distinguished Professor in the Humanities and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. He was the author or editor of a number of books including A History of Christian Theology, Jesus the Savior, and Essentials of Christian Theology, all published by WJK.
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Introduction: Theology and Modernity 1
2 Aquinas on the Unknowable God 21
3 Luther, the Cross, and the Hidden God 37
4 Calvin's Rhetoric of Faith 52
5 The Domestication of God 71
6 The Domestication of Grace 88
7 Nearer Than We Are to Ourselves 111
8 Where God Is and What God Does: Some Modern Problems 128
9 Grace and Works in Modern Thought 146
10 The Marginalization of the Trinity 164
11 The Image of the Invisible God 181
12 Evil and Divine Transcendence 201
Index 217
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