God, the Almighty: Power, Wisdom, Holiness, Love

God, the Almighty: Power, Wisdom, Holiness, Love

by Donald G. Bloesch
     
 

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Voted one of Christianity Today's 1996 Books of the Year!

The doctrine of God is receiving renewed and vigorous attention among theologians. 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

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Voted one of Christianity Today's 1996 Books of the Year!

The doctrine of God is receiving renewed and vigorous attention among theologians. 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, which he considers the most important in his Christian Foundations series, Bloesch offers cogent criticisms and corrective insights on both classical and recently advanced views of God. He 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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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.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780830814138
Publisher:
InterVarsity Press
Publication date:
11/28/1995
Series:
Christian Foundations Series
Pages:
329
Product dimensions:
6.23(w) x 9.17(h) x 1.13(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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