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God the Almighty: Power, Wisdom, Holiness, Love

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The doctrine of God is receiving renewed and vigorous attention in theology. Even a cursory examination of recent scholarship reveals what leading evangelical theologian Donald Bloesch describes as "a mounting controversy over the concept of God."

God is variously portrayed as vulnerable (Jürgen Moltmann, Clark Pinnock), as lover (Norman Pittenger, Ronald Goetz), as friend (Alfred North Whitehead, Sallie McFague) and as empowerer (Rosemary Radford Ruether). Bloesch agrees that ...

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Overview

The doctrine of God is receiving renewed and vigorous attention in theology. Even a cursory examination of recent scholarship reveals what leading evangelical theologian Donald Bloesch describes as "a mounting controversy over the concept of God."

God is variously portrayed as vulnerable (Jürgen Moltmann, Clark Pinnock), as lover (Norman Pittenger, Ronald Goetz), as friend (Alfred North Whitehead, Sallie McFague) and as empowerer (Rosemary Radford Ruether). Bloesch agrees that many of these proposals have some biblical merit. But what is lacking, he argues, "is a strong affirmation of the holiness and almightiness of God."

So in this volume, while Bloesch offers cogent criticisms of the classical view of God, he skillfully seeks to hold in faithful tension "the polarities that are reflected in God's nature and activity--his majesty as well as his vulnerability, his sovereignty as well as his grace, his wholly otherness as well as his unsurpassable closeness, his holiness as well as his love."

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Editorial Reviews

David Gill in Christianity Today
"I haven't read any theological work as biblically and historically rich, as intellectually satisfying, or as spiritually exhilarating as Bloesch's [early volumes of Christian Foundations] since Karl Barth's Church Dogmatics."
Thomas C. Oden
"This work will be read by all who are interested in the renewal of systematic theology in our time. It is an inspiring, balanced, instructive, rigorous inquiry."
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this third volume of his Christian Foundations series, Bloesch, professor of Theology at Dubuque Theological Seminary and one of the most sensitive and articulate evangelical interpreters of Christian theology today, turns his attention to the doctrine of God. He reads this central theological tenet through the lens of the infallibility of the Bible and through God's act of revelation in Jesus of Nazareth. In polemical fashion, he distinguishes his centrist evangelical position on the doctrine of God from that of other contemporary theologians like Jurgen Moltmann and John Cobb, whose portraits of God are drawn primarily from human experience and classical philosophy. Bloesch's study covers all the traditional foci of the doctrine of God, from God as Creator and Redeemer to the problem of evil. He brings particularly lucid insights to the concept of the Trinity and conveys a systematic theology that stands clearly in the tradition of this century's greatest theologians like Karl Barth and Emil Brunner. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830827534
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 12/2/2005
  • Series: Christian Foundations
  • Pages: 329
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Donald G. Bloesch (1928-2010) earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and was professor of theology emeritus at Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He did postdoctoral work at the universities of Oxford, Tübingen and Basel.

He wrote numerous books, including Faith and Its Counterfeits, Evangelical Theology in Transition, Theological Notebook: Volume 3, Essentials of Evangelical Theology, The Future of Evangelical Christianity, The Struggle of Prayer, Spirituality Old & New, Freedom for Obedience and the seven-volume Christian Foundations series. He also served for a time as president of the Midwest Division of the American Theological Society.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Preface1. Introduction
Questionable Alternatives
The Gender Issue
The Theological Task2. Theology's Attempt to Define God
Act and Being
Essence and Existence
Essence and Attributes
God and Necessity
Rationalism and Mysticism
Supernaturalism and Naturalism
God's Almightiness in Question3. The Self-Revealing God
Natural Knowledge of God
God as Elector and Persuader
The Authority of Holy Scripture4. Transcendence & Immanence
Infinity and Spirituality
Immutability and Impassibility
Reinterpretations of Transcendence
Dynamic Transcendence5. Power & Wisdom
Creator and Redeemer
Lord and Ruler
Wisdom
Glory
The Problem of Evil6. Holiness & Love
Two Sides of God
Divine and Human Love
Holiness and Justice
The Call to Holiness7. The Mystery of the Trinity
The Biblical Basis
Historical Development
Contemporary Reassessments
Restating the Trinity
Trinitarian Spirituality
Appendix A: Modern Forms of Unitarianism
Appendix B: Subordination and Equality8. The Biblical-Classical Synthesis
The Living God and the Eternal Now
Providence and Fate
Truth as Event and Idea
Revelation and Reason
Agape and Eros
Blessedness and Happiness
Grace and Merit
Sin and Ignorance
Prayer and Contemplation
Justification and Deification
Reconciliation and Reunion
Resurrection and Immortality9. The Biblical-Modern Synthesis
Authority and Truth
God, Humanity and the World
The New Spirituality
Worldviews in Conflict
God and Futurity
Appendix C: Open-View Theism
Epilogue
Notes
Index of Names
Index of Subjects
Index of Scripture
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