Theology for the Community of God

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This proven systematic theology represents the very best in evangelical theology. Stanley Grenz presents the traditional themes of Christian doctrine— God, humankind, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the church, and the last things—all within an emphasis on God’s central program for creation, namely, the establishment of community. Masterfully blending biblical, historical, and contemporary concerns, Grenz’s respected work provides a coherent vision of the faith that is both intellectually satisfying and expressible in Christian living. Available for the first time in paperback.
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Editorial Reviews

Christianity Today
A fresh reappropriation of the evangelical and catholic heritage of the faith.
Francis Schussler Fiorenza
A significant contribution to systematic theology. . . . An excellent and indispensable textbook for courses in Christian theology.
J. I. Packer
Clear, well-informed, up-to-date, and firmly anchored in the mainstream of Christian wisdom. . . . An outstanding achievement.
Scottish Journal of Theology
Theology for the Community of God signals a clear turning of the corner for evangelical systematics.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802847553
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/31/2000
  • Pages: 723
  • Sales rank: 523,347
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 1.54 (d)

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: The Nature and Task of Theology

    The Theological Task
    The Historical Development of Theology
    The Relationship of Theology to Other Concepts
    The Ongoing Nature of the Theological Task
    Dangers in the Theological Enterprise

    Theological Method
    The Sources for Theology
    The Integrative Motif of Theology
    The Structure of the Theological System
    Theology and Ethics

    Part 1: Theology: The Doctrine of God

  2. The God Who Is
  3. The Reality of God in an Era of Atheism
    In the Christian Era: Does God Exist?
    The Rise of Intellectual Atheism
    Theology and the Modern Situation
    Christian Faith in the Contemporary Context

    Knowledge of God in an Era of Agnosticism
    The Claim to Know God and Intellectual Agnosticism
    The Means to Knowledge of God
    Knowing God

  4. The Triune God
  5. Trinitarian Doctrine in Theological History
    Historical Development of Trinitarian Doctrine
    Trinitarian Doctrine in Post-Cappadocian Theology

    The Formulation of Trinitarian Doctrine
    The Content of Trinitarian Doctrine
    The Filioque and the Relational Trinity
    Analogies to the Trinity

    The Theological Implication of Trinitarian Doctrine
    Love as the Essence of God
    Love and the Divine Holiness, Jealousy, and Wrath
    Love and the Other Moral Attributes

    Trinitarian Doctrine and Christian Life
    Trinitarian Prayer
    Trinitarian Ethics

  6. The Relational God
  7. The Nature of the Relational God
    God as (a) Being
    God as Transcendent and Immanent
    God as Spirit
    God as Person
    The Name of God

    The Divine Attributes
    The Attributes and the Divine Substance
    The Division of the Attributes
    The Eternal God
    The Good God
    The Practical Importance of the Attributes

  8. The Creator God
  9. God as the Creator of the World
    The Creation of the World as the Act of God
    The Creation of the World as a Trinitarian Act
    The Act of Creation and the Sovereign Creator
    The Time of Creation

    God as the Providential Administrator of the World
    "Community" as God's Purpose for Creation
    The Doctrine of Providence in Recent Theology
    God's Administration of His World

    Part 2: Anthropology: The Doctrine of Humanity

  10. The Human Identity and our Origin in God
  11. Our Place in Creation
    Humankind and the Cosmos in Changing Cultural Contexts
    Christian Faith and the Insights of Anthropology

    "Openness to the World" and General Revelation
    The Question of General Revelation in Theology
    The Theological Importance of General Revelation

    God as Our Origin
    The Existential Significance
    The Essential Significance

    Our Temporal Origin
    The Question of the "First Human"
    The "First Human" and Evolution
    Anthropology and Our Temporal Origin

  12. Our Nature as Persons Destined for Community
  13. Our Ontological Nature
    Autonomy versus Determinism
    Human Substances
    The Origin of the Soul
    The Soul and Our Ontological Nature

    Humans as the Image of God
    The Image of God in Theological History
    The Image of God in the Bible
    The Theological Significance of the Image of God

  14. Sin: The Destruction of Community
  15. The Nature of Sin
    Biblical Terms for Sin
    Sin and the Human Person
    The Essence of Sin

    Original Sin
    The Fall of Humankind—the Fall of Adam
    The First Sin and the Sin of Humankind
    Original Sin and Guilt
    The Reality of Original Sin

    The Results of Sin: Our Human Situation

  16. Our Spiritual Co-creatures
  17. The Nature of the Spiritual Realities
    Angelology in Christian Theology
    A Biblical Theology of Angels
    A Biblical Theology of Demons
    A Biblical Theology of Satan

    Angelology and Structures of Existence
    The Structures of Existence
    Structures of Existence and the Bible
    A Theology of the Structures

    The Demonic and Superstition
    Superstition and the Old Testament
    The Status of the Powers Lying behind Superstition
    A Christian Stance toward Superstition

    Part 3: Christology: The Docrtine of Christ

  18. The Fellowship of Jesus the Christ with God
  19. Foundations: Jesus, the Divine One
    Development of the Affirmation of Jesus' Deity
    The Basis of Christology
    The Foundation of Our Christological Affirmation
    The Historical Foundation and Faith

    Implications: Jesus as One with God
    Jesus' Unity with God
    Jesus' Fellowship with the Father
    Jesus' Lordship

  20. The Fellowship of Jesus the Christ with Humankind
  21. Jesus as a Human
    Development of the Affirmation of Jesus' Humanity
    Jesus as Sharing in True Humanness

    Jesus as the True Human
    The Foundation for Affirming Jesus as the True Human
    The Content of Our Affirming Jesus as the True Human
    Jesus as the New Human

    Jesus as the Universal Human
    Jesus and the Marginalized
    Jesus and Women
    Jesus and the Individual

  22. The Fellowship of Deity and Humanity in Jesus
  23. Jesus as Divine and Human
    The Historical Debate concerning Jesus' Person
    The Foundation for Affirming the Unity
    The Relationship between Deity and Humanity in Jesus

    The Incarnation
    The Incarnation in Theological History
    The Critique of Incarnational Christology
    Jesus' Preexistence

    The Virgin Birth
    The Historical Context of the Modern Debate
    Current Debate about the Virgin Birth
    Points of Debate concerning the Virgin Birth
    The Virgin Birth and Christology

  24. The Mission of Jesus
  25. The Vocation of the Earthly Jesus
    Fulfilling the Old Testament Hope
    Heralding the Divine Reign
    The One Sent to Die
    Jesus' Self-Consciousness

    The Atonement and the Mission of Jesus
    The Atonement in Theological History
    The Significance of Jesus' Death in the New Testament
    Jesus' Death and Us

    The Ongoing Work of Christ
    The Exaltation
    Jesus' Present and Future Ministry
    Implication of Jesus' Ongoing Ministry for Prayer

    Part 4: Pneumatology: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

  26. The Identity of the Holy Spirit
  27. The Spirit in Salvation History
    The Holy Spirit and the Old Testament Era
    The Holy Spirit and the Christ
    The Spirit and the Community of Christ

    The Spirit in the Trinitarian Life
    The Foundation of Pneumatology in the Immanent Trinity
    The Holy Spirit and the Economic Trinity

  28. The Spirit and the Scriptures
  29. The Spirit as the Foundation of Scripture
    Inspiration and Illumination
    The One Act of the Spirit

    The Task of the Spirit Speaking through Scripture
    Scripture as the Source of Spiritual Sustenance
    The Constitutional Role of Scripture

    The Bible and Revelation
    The Concept of Revelation
    The Bible as Revelation

    Biblical Authority
    The Trustworthiness of Scripture
    The Extent of Biblical Authority

  30. The Dynamic of Conversion
  31. The Individual Aspect of Conversion
    Our Response: Repentance and Faith

    The Divine Aspect of Conversion
    The Spirit's Activity in the Conversion Process
    Conversion and the Baptism of the Spirit

    The Community Aspect of Conversion
    The Role of the Community in Conversion
    Conversion and Church Initiation Rites

  32. Individual Salvation: The Wider Perspective
  33. The Process of Salvation

    The Eternal Context of Salvation
    Divine Election
    Election to Community
    The Ordo Salutis

    Part 5: Ecclesiology: The Doctrine of the Church

  34. The Church—The Eschatological Covenant Community
  35. The Church as a Covenant People
    The Nation, the Body, and the Temple
    The Church as Mystical, Universal, and Local
    The Marks of the Church

    The Church as the Sign of the Kingdom
    The Biblical Conception of the Kingdom
    The Kingdom and the Church

    The Church as Community
    The Basis in the Covenant and the Kingdom
    Community and the Divine Nature

  36. The Ministry of the Community
  37. The Purpose of the Church
    The Church in God's Purposes
    God's Purpose in Glorification

    The Mandate of the Church

  38. Community Acts of Commitment
  39. Acts of Commitment and the Church
    The Function of Acts of Commitment
    The Number of Commitment Acts

    Baptism: The Seal of Our Identity
    Background and History
    The Meaning of Baptism
    The Working of Baptism
    The Subjects of Baptism
    The Mode of Baptism

    The Lord's Supper: Reaffirming Our Identity
    The Presence of the Lord in the Celebration
    The Meaning of the Lord's Supper
    Our Presence at the Lord's Supper

  40. The Organization for Community Life
  41. Membership in the Community

    Community Membership in the First Century
    Baptism and Community Membership
    Baptism after the First Century

    Community Structures
    The Government of the Community
    Government within the Communities

    Leadership for the Community
    Offices in the Communities
    Offices of the Community

    Ordination by the Community
    The Basis for the Practice of Pastoral Ordination
    The Significance of Ordination

    Part 6: Eschatology: The Doctrine of Last Things

  42. The Consummation of Personal Existence
  43. The Significance of Death
    The Problem of Death
    The Biblical Trajectory
    The Theological Significance of Death

    Overcoming Death in the Resurrection
    The Nature of Culminated Personal Life
    The Possibility of the Resurrection

    Hope in the Face of Death
    Competing Visions of Life after Death
    Biblical Insight into the Intermediate State
    The Situation of the Righteous beyond Death

  44. The Consummation of History
  45. The Meaning of History
    Christian Hope in a Changed Context
    Corporate Eschatology and the Biblical Message
    The Significance of History

    The Presence of Community in and beyond History
    History's Goal as "Already"
    History's Goal as "Not Yet"

    The Climax of History
    Apocalyptic and Millenarianism
    The Millennium in Christian Theology
    The Deeper Issue of Millennialism
    The Era of the Imminent End of History

  46. The Consummation of God's Cosmic Program
  47. The Transition from Creation to New Creation
    The Judgment of the Cosmos
    The Judgment of Humankind

    The Dark Side of the Judgment
    Conditional Immortality
    The Reality of Hell

    The New Creation
    The New Creation as the Renewal of the Cosmos
    The New Creation as Fullness of Community

  48. The Significance of Eschatology
  49. Eschatology as Insight into the Present

    Eschatology as God's Call in the Present
    The Foundation for God's Eschatological Call
    Aspects of God's Eschatological Call

    Eschatology as Insight for Living
    Eschatological Living as Hopeful Involvement
    Eschatological Living as Realistic Engagement
    Eschatological Living in the Light of the Eternal


    Subject Index
    Name Index
    Scripture Index
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