God, Creation, And Revelation

God, Creation, And Revelation

by Paul King Jewett

ISBN-10: 0802804608

ISBN-13: 9780802804600

Pub. Date: 08/19/1991

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company

The culmination of nearly forty years of study and teaching, this book adeptly balances the philosophical efforts needed in systematic theology with the biblical material in which Christian doctrines are rooted, and it covers well the range of theologies.


The culmination of nearly forty years of study and teaching, this book adeptly balances the philosophical efforts needed in systematic theology with the biblical material in which Christian doctrines are rooted, and it covers well the range of theologies.

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Table of Contents

Unit 1Introduction: A Prolegomenon To Dogmatics
I.Definition of Terms: Theology as Christian, Systematic, and Dogmatic4
Excursus: Concerning Theology and Theologies11
II.Theological Method: Philosophy, Science, and Theology17
III.Speaking of God25
B.Concerning Myth, Symbol, and Analogy28
C.The Revelation/Faith Context of Theological Language34
First Addendum: A Comment on Sexist Language44
Second Addendum: On Diction and Style in Theological Discourse48
IV.Alternatives to Christian Theism50
Addendum: Concerning the Theistic Proofs54
"Veiling"--A Sermon59
Unit 2How We Know God: Revelation and Scripture
I.God's Self-Disclosure in Creation and Providence68
II.God's Self-Disclosure in Jesus Christ74
B.The Modes (Modalities) of Special Revelation77
C.Faith, History, Reason--and Revelation79
Addendum: God Hidden in His Revelation: The Doctrine of the Divine Incomprehensibility85
"Revelation"--A Sermon89
III.God's Self-Disclosure in the Witness of Scripture to Jesus Christ95
A.The Canon of Scripture and the Scripture as Canon95
First Addendum: The Canon as Closed101
Second Addendum: The Sufficiency (Perfection) of Scripture102
B.The Preservation (Text) and Translation of Scripture105
1.The Church as the Custodian of Scripture105
2.The Church as the Translator of Scripture107
Addendum: The King James Version: A Comment on the Place of Beauty in the Worship of God113
C.The Unity of Scripture118
a.One Covenant Differently Administered120
b.Promise and Fulfillment121
c.The Allegorizing of the Old Testament in the New122
D.The Authority of Scripture125
2.The Inspiration of Scripture126
b.Concerning Dictation and Inerrancy127
c.The Divine/Human Character of Scripture130
1)The Position of the Protestant Reformers130
2)The Position of the Protestant Scholastics131
3)Inspiration as Verbal and Plenary136
Addendum: Continuing Problems and Possible Resolutions143
E.The Interpretation and Understanding of Scripture147
1.The Perspicuity of Scripture147
2.The Complexity of the Hermeneutical Task149
b.The Reformers' Position150
c.Statement of a Protestant and Evangelical Hermeneutic153
2)Irreducible Differences of Interpretation: The Place of Faith and Reason in the Understanding of Scripture157
Addendum: Concerning Preaching and the Hearing (Application) of Scripture161
"A Book with a Difference"--A Sermon164
Unit 3Who God Is: the Divine Nature
I.God Is Personal Being174
A.God and the Philosophic Absolute174
B.The Name of God177
1.The Old Testament Data177
2.The New Testament Data179
3.The Name [characters not reproducible]rd180
4.Concerning the Tetragrammaton180
C.Some Basic Affirmations182
1.God Is the Living God182
2.God Is Unique183
3.God Is Free183
Addendum: Concerning Idolatry185
II.God Is the Holy One189
B.The Biblical Data191
Excursus: Further Comments on Matters Related to the Affirmation: God Is the Holy One196
1.The Twofold Meaning of the Term "Holiness" as Used of God196
2.The Wrath of God196
3.The Beauty of God197
C.The Divine Transcendence198
2.Radical Restatements of the Doctrine204
3.Moderate Restatements of the Doctrine: Transcendence as Personal Encounter207
b.The Position of Karl Heim209
Adendum: Concerning Apophatic Theology218
"A Fire and a Name" -- A Sermon220
III.God Is Love228
B.Agape and Eros230
C.The Biblical Data232
Addendum: Erotic Love as the Symbol of Agape235
D.Theological Analysis238
2.God's Love as Grace240
3.God's Love as Wrath244
Addendum: The Divine Wrath and the Symbolism of Fire252
"Love's Resolve" -- A Sermon254
IV.God Is a Trinity of Holy Love261
B.The Significance of the Doctrine and Its Location in the Structure of Systematics263
C.The Biblical Basis of the Doctrine268
Excursus: Concerning the Vestigia273
D.The Exposition of the Doctrine275
1.The Trinity of Being: The Oneness of God275
Excursus: A Historical Note275
b.God's Oneness: A Oneness of Essential Being278
Addendum: The Trinity in Process Theology281
2.The Trinity of Being: The Threeness of God283
b.God's Threeness: A Threeness of Personal Subsistence285
c.The Relational Meaning of the Trinitarian Name: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit287
Concerning "Monogeneis," "Procession," and the "Filioque"292
3.The Trinity of Being: God's Oneness-in-Threeness and His Threeness-in-Oneness294
b.God's Oneness Viewed as Numeric Identity295
c.The Mutual Indwelling of the Persons of the Godhead297
d.The Individual (Psychological) and the Social Analogies of the Trinity300
Addendum: Concerning the Logos303
4.The Trinity of Revelation305
b.The Works of God Are One, Yet by Appropriation306
c.The Father Who Becomes Our Father308
d.The Son Who Becomes Our Savior310
e.The Spirit Who Becomes Our Sanctifier311
The Meaning of "Paraclete"314
f.Economic Subordinationism315
Addendum: Concerning the Subordination of the Son to the Father and the Woman to the Man322
E.Sexist Language and the Doctrine of the Trinity323
"The Oldest Math" -- A Sermon326
Unit 4What God is Like: the Divine Attributes
A.May Attributes Be Predicated of God? Concerning Nominalism and Realism338
B.The Anthropomorphic/Analogical Character of Such Predication340
C.Concerning the Attributes and the Doxological Statements of Worship341
D.The Ultimate Unity of the Divine Nature and Attributes343
First Addendum: On the Classification of the Attributes344
Second Addendum: Concerning the Divine Simplicity346
II.God's Will and Power348
B.The Biblical Data349
C.Some Basic Affirmations353
1.God Determines the Meaning of Her Power353
2.God's Power Is Not Natural Causality355
3.God's Power Is Her Personal Will, Which Is Supreme over All357
4.God's Power Revealed in the Weakness of the Cross359
"A Strange Power"--A Sermon362
III.God's Wisdom and Knowledge369
B.The Biblical Data370
C.Some Basic Affirmations372
1.God's Wisdom and Knowledge Are Ultimately One372
2.God's Knowledge Is Both Comprehensive and Intensive373
3.God Infallibly Knows the Future375
D.Concluding Observations378
1.God's Omniscience and the Quality of Human Life378
2.God's Wisdom Revealed in the Foolishness of the Cross380
IV.God's Justice/Righteousness and Mercy382
B.Justice and the Divine Will383
C.The Divine Mercy385
2.Divine Mercy from the Biblical Perspective386
D.The Divine Righteousness and the Cross391
V.God's Faithfulness and Suffering396
A.Introduction: Concerning the Divine Immutability/Impassibility396
Excursus: A Historical Note398
B.A Restatement of the Doctrine of Immutability401
2.Salvation, An Act of Suffering Love404
a.Old Testament Anticipation404
b.New Testament Fulfillment408
3.Theologia Crucis: A Comment409
VI.God's Omnipresence and Eternity413
A.God and Space413
2.The Jesus Event as Paradigm415
3.Concerning "Easter Space"419
4.The Pentecostal Event as Paradigm420
B.God and Time422
2.The Augustinian Legacy423
Excursus: A Comment on Process Thought424
3.What It Means to Say "God Is Eternal"425
b.God's Eternity as "Easter Time"427
Unit 5What God Has Done: Creation
II.Rejected Options: Platonism, Gnostic Emanation, and Pantheism440
Addendum: Creation as "Birthing"?444
III.Who Is the Creator and What Has He Done?446
A.Creation Is the Work of the Father through the Son and the Spirit446
B.Creation Is the Actualizing of the Divine Will450
2.Creation and the Divine Decree (Decretum Dei)451
3.Creation and Causality453
Excursus: On the Location of Creation in the Creed as the First Article454
C.Starting with Nothing: Creation as Creatio ex Nihilo455
2."And God Said ... and It Was So"457
D.Working with Something: Creation as Creatio Continua459
First Addendum: On the Meaning of Genesis 1:2462
Second Addendum: On the Meaning of "Heaven and Earth" in Scripture and in the Confessions of the Church467
IV.Creation and the Question of Temporal Origins470
A."In the Beginning ..." Genesis 1:1470
B.Contemporary Cosmological Models472
C."In Six Days ..." Genesis 1:3-31; Exodus 20:11478
V.Creation and the Divine Wisdom485
B.The World Viewed as the Product of Min486
C.God's Purpose in Creation491
D.The Problem of Evil496
VI.Creation and the Christian Life502
"Beginnings"--A Sermon506

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