The One, the Three and the Many

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This study, which is based on the 1992 Bampton Lectures delivered in the University of Oxford offers a theological analysis of and response to the modern world, and is at once a theology of culture and of creation. In the first half of the book, Professor Gunton expounds some of the distinctive and often contradictory features of modern culture. It is contended that the difficulties arise from inadequacies in the way both social and wordly beings are conceived, but that far from being unique modern culture here ...
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Overview

This study, which is based on the 1992 Bampton Lectures delivered in the University of Oxford offers a theological analysis of and response to the modern world, and is at once a theology of culture and of creation. In the first half of the book, Professor Gunton expounds some of the distinctive and often contradictory features of modern culture. It is contended that the difficulties arise from inadequacies in the way both social and wordly beings are conceived, but that far from being unique modern culture here reflects similar inadequacies in ancient thought. The distinctive pathos of modernity is to be found in one unique feature, namely the displacement of God that is a mark of all realms of life. The roots of the problem are sought beyond the Enlightenment, where they are often located, in the combination of Platonism and Christian theology which dominated mediaeval Christian thought. At the heart of the matter is a deficient, because inadequately trinitarian, understanding of creation and creation's God. The second half of the book develops a theory of trinitarian transcendentals, whereby the relations between God and the world, and with it the distinctive being of the world - both personal and impersonal - can be conceived. The theology of createdness which results gives due weight to both the universal and the particular, both society and the individual.
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"By suggesting that many of the ills of modernity reflect the displacement of God, Colin Gunton helps us to see our problem in a new light. Anyone concerned with theology and with its relation to the modern predicament must read The One, the Three and the Many." Stanley Hauerwas

"[Gunton's] work merits wide and careful consideration. His study is meticulously structured, replete with signposts that enhance its readability as well as sturdily conveying his vigorous and thoroughly theological intellectual program." Nancy A. Dallavalle, Theological Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521420303
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 7/29/1993
  • Pages: 262
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 The Displacement of God
1 From Heraclitus to Havel. The problem of the one and the many in modern life and thought 11
2 The disappearing other. The problem of the particular in modern life and thought 41
3 A plea for the present. The problem of relatedness in modern life and thought 74
4 The rootless will. The problem of meaning and truth in modern life and thought 101
Pt. 2 Rethinking Createdness
5 The universal and the particular. Towards a theology of meaning and truth 129
6 'Through whom and in whom...' Towards a theology of relatedness 155
7 The Lord who is the Spirit. Towards a theology of the particular 180
8 The triune Lord. Towards a theology of the one and the many 210
Bibliography 232
Index 241
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