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Notes on the Holiness of God

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The nature of God's holiness has been widely misunderstood by contemporary theologians. In this elegant extended essay David Willis not only redefines this divine attribute but also gives it the prominence in Christian thought that it deserves.

According to Willis, confusion about God's holiness is due to the mistake of treating transcendence and immanence as opposites and subsuming holiness almost exclusively under God's transcendence. To correct this view, Willis begins where ...

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The nature of God's holiness has been widely misunderstood by contemporary theologians. In this elegant extended essay David Willis not only redefines this divine attribute but also gives it the prominence in Christian thought that it deserves.

According to Willis, confusion about God's holiness is due to the mistake of treating transcendence and immanence as opposites and subsuming holiness almost exclusively under God's transcendence. To correct this view, Willis begins where all true Christian theology should -- with the cross and resurrection, where the transcending One is freely immanent to fulfill God's covenanting purposes. God, says Willis, is not so much "the wholly other" as "the Holy Other" who confronts us as purifying love.

Willis looks in detail at several facets of holiness -- love, simplicity, communion, beauty. He shows that when we recognize beauty to be an essential aspect of holiness, we can better reconsider frequently given definitions of the glory and the sovereignty of God and can better understand something of the awe-filled love that this beauty inspires. Finally, Willis explores how the holiness of God provides the basis for the life of Christian faith and hope in today's world.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780802849878
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/1902
  • Pages: 179
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Holiness of the Cross 8
Cruciform Knowledge 9
The Cross of the Risen Lord 15
The Flesh of the Word 24
2 Communio Sanctorum 33
Christ and His Belongings 37
The Material Work of the Holy Spirit 45
Life Together 49
3 The Eternal Love of the Holy Other 55
The Procedure of Pure Love to Purifying Love 56
The Simplicity of Relational Being 58
Covenant and Perichoresis 71
4 The Purifying Love of the Holy Other 83
The Problem of Holiness Posed by Holy Writ 84
Singular and Manifold Holiness 86
What Is Meant by "Creaturely"? 90
What the Communication of Properties Means for the Holiness of Humans 94
What the Communication of Properties Means for the Humanity of the Holy One 105
5 The Holiness of Beauty 111
The Holy and Conversion of Delight 112
Macrocosmic and Microcosmic Beauty 119
The Aesthetic Function of the Word 125
Beauty and the Sovereignty of God 128
6 The Hope of Holiness 137
Holiness and Perfection 137
Sabbath Rest and Unrest 151
The Ordinary Means of Hope 156
Bibliography 163
Index 175
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