God's Wider Presence: Reconsidering General Revelation

God's Wider Presence: Reconsidering General Revelation

by Robert K. Johnston


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What are we to make of those occasional yet illuminating experiences of God's presence that occur outside both church and Scripture? We may encounter God's revelatory presence as we experience a beautiful sunset, the birth of a child, or a work of art, music, or literature. While theologians have tended to describe such experiences abstractly as mere traces or echoes, those involved often recognize such moments of transcendence as transformative.

Here senior theologian Robert Johnston explores how Christians should think theologically about God's wider revelatory presence that is mediated outside the church through creation, conscience, and culture. The book offers a robust, constructive biblical theology of general revelation, rooting its insights in the broader Trinitarian work of the Spirit. Drawing in part from the author's theological engagement with film and the arts, the book helps Christians understand personal moments of experiencing God's transcendence and accounts for revelatory experiences of those outside the believing community. It also shows how God's revelatory presence can impact our interaction with nonbelievers and those of other faiths.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801049453
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/21/2014
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 976,962
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Robert K. Johnston (PhD, Duke University) is professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, where he has taught for over twenty years. He is the coeditor of both the Engaging Culture and the Cultural Exegesis series and is the author or coauthor of several books, including Reel Spirituality, Reframing Theology and Film, and Finding God in the Movies.

Table of Contents

1. God's Wider Revelation
2. Experiencing God Today: Our Turn to the Spiritual
3. Reflecting on Experience: A Case Study—The Movie Event
4. Broadening Our Biblical Focus, Part 1
5. Broadening Our Biblical Focus, Part 2
6. Engaging the Tradition
7. Moved by the Spirit
8. God's Wider Revelation Reconsidered

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