ISBN : 9780198709565
The doctrine of God is central to theology for it determines the way in which other regions of Christian doctrine are articulated, yet work on this topic in its own right has been occluded recently by treatments of the Trinity or divine passibility. This collection of specially commissioned essays presents major treatments of key themes in the doctrine of God, motivated by but not restricted to the work of Professor Paul S. Fiddes to whom it is offered as a Festschrift. It includes invigorating discussions of the biblical and non-biblical sources for the doctrine of God, and the section on 'Metaphysics and the Doctrine of God' examines some of the most important conceptual questions arising in contemporary theological debate about the being and nature of God, and God's relations to the world. The final section of the book on 'God and Humanity' will be highly relevant to scholars working in the fields of theological anthropology, moral and political theology, on inter-faith relations, on theology and literature, or who are interested in the impact of contemporary science on the doctrine of God. The introduction relates the essays in the book to the work of Professor Fiddes and to wider debates in Christian doctrine. This volume brings together a team of internationally distinguished scholars from a wide range of theological, philosophical, and religious perspectives, and it will stimulate fresh thinking and new debate about this most central of topics in Christian theology.
List of Contributors
SOURCES OF THE DOCTRINE OF GOD
1. God, the World, and Wisdom
2. The Rule of Law of Love
3. 'In the beginning was the Word': On Language and Presence
4. Experience and the Doctrine of God
METAPHYSICS AND THE DOCTRINE OF GOD
5. Apathos Epathen: Patristic Reflection on God, Suffering and the Cross
6. Non ex aequo: God's relation to creatures
7. The Passibility or Impassibility of God: Answers to J.K. Mozley's 'Six Necessary Questions'
8. 'Who Can Count How Many Crosses?': God and Salvation
9. Freedom, Necessity, and Suffering in God
10. Impassionedness and 'So-called Classical Theism'
GOD AND HUMANITY
11. Eschatology and Human Knowledge of God
12. Sublimation and Sublime Meaning: Pain and Passion in an Infinite, Intellectual Love of God
13. Self, World and Other: Where is Wisdom to be Found?
14. Creation and Ethics: On the Legitimacy and Limitation of Appeals to 'Nature' in Christian Moral Reasoning
15. 'There is at most one God': Jewish-Christian-Muslim exchange on the issue of God
16. 'For thine is the Kingdom & the Power & the Glory & not Caesars or Satans Amen': William Blake, Politics and Theology
Index of Names and Subjects