Theology Proper

 

Theology Proper

ON THE NATURE OF GOD & THE TRINITY

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This Theological Commonplaces series presents the first-ever English translation of the monumental Loci Theologici of Johann Gerhard. One of the premier theologians of the seventeenth-century period of Lutheran Orthodoxy, Gerhard addresses the doctrines of the Christian faith with great detail and clarity. In an accessible style, Gerhard interacts with the writings of the church fathers, medieval theologians, Luther and his contemporaries, and the Catholic, Reformed, and Unitarian theologians of his day. This series remains a classic of Lutheran theology and offers contemporary church workers and researchers a wealth of material on the distinctives of Lutheran doctrine and exegesis. On the Nature of God and on the Trinity addresses God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as Gerhard explores the divine names, God's existence, the divine essence, and the mystery of the Trinity. As Gerhard makes the argument for the Trinity, he turns repeatedly to Holy Scripture as his source of doctrine. He interacts with the writings of the ancient church fathers as they sought to formulate the doctrine of the Trinity, but he points out the various heresies that have arisen and responds to them. He specifically addresses the arguments of the Socinians (Unitarians) concerning the Trinity.
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February 1, 2008

Our Idea of God an Introduction to Philosophical Theology NR

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Many people, even within the ranks of devout religious believers, have only the haziest conception of God. A significant number of such people admit that this vagueness about God bothers them deeply, but that they don't know how to go about getting clearer on this important idea. "Our Idea Of God" assists in dealing with this problem. Thomas V.Morris provides an example of how simple, straightforward philosophical methods of thinking can shed some light on theological matters that might otherwise remain obscure. Morris challenges his reader, stimulating deeper thinking about matters of religious conviction. He offers a basic introduction to philosophical theology. The philosophical issues that can arise concerning the concept of God can become very complex. Recent treatments of these issues by philosophers have been as technical and demanding as pioneering work in any other field of serious human intellectual inquiry. In contrast, Morris's discussions, while containing much original material, are streamlined, and as accessible as possible to non-philosophers. There are many more technical treatises available for those readers who want to pursue these topics further, but "Our Idea Of God" provides a place to begin.
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9781573831017
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August 19, 2002

OUR PERFECT GOD

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Many Christians go through life without ever seriously considering what the Bible actually teaches about God. They believe that such a study is far too 'deep' for the ordinary believer and therefore only useful for theologians and committed Bible students. Our Perfect God breaks down that preconceived idea and revives an interest in the being of God among ordinary people.
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9781903087770
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January 1, 2004

Oxford Handbook of the Trinity

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This handbook examines the history of Trinitarian theology and reveals the Nicene unity still at work among Christians today despite ecumenical differences and the variety of theological perspectives. The forty-three chapters are organized into the following seven parts: the Trinity in Scripture, Patristic witnesses to the Trinitarian faith, Medieval appropriations of the Trinitarian faith, the Reformation through to the 20th Century, Trinitarian Dogmatics, the Trinity and Christian life, and Dialogues (addressing ecumenical, interreligious, and cultural interactions).

The phrase "Trinitarian faith" can hardly be understood outside of reference to the Councils of Nicaea and Constantinople and to their reception: the doctrine of the Trinity is indissociably connected to the reading of Scripture through the ecclesial and theological traditions. The modern period is characterized especially by the arrival of history, under two principal aspects: "historical theology" and "philosophies of history." In contemporary theology, the principal "theological loci" are Trinity and creation, Trinity and grace, Trinity and monotheism, Trinity and human life (ethics, society, politics and culture), and more broadly Trinity and history. In all these areas, this handbook offers essays that do justice to the diversity of view points, while also providing, insofar as possible, a coherent ensemble.

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9780198712138
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September 3, 2014

Perichoretic Salvation the Believers Union with Christ as a Third Type of Perichoresis

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For two thousand years, Christian theologians have struggled to explain the believer's union with Christ. What sort of union is it? How can it be fully described? This book is an attempt to join the conversation to explore exactly what it means to be in union with Christ. This book will argue that the believer's union with Christ can rightly be presented as a third type of perichoresis. Perichoresis is a word that describes the way the persons of the Trinity interrelate, without losing their essential oneness nor without being absorbed into each other. In short, the doctrine of perichoresis preserves the unity and diversity within the Godhead. It is also used to describe the hypostatic union of the divine and human in Christ. In Perichoretic Salvation, James Gifford argues that the union of the believer and Christ is a relationship of the same kind, though of a third type. Arguing from a perspective that is rooted biblically, historically, and theologically, the book will allow the union to be explained more fully than in the past while remaining within the bounds of what the church has taught over the centuries. It may prove to be a basis for understanding the work of Christ afresh for the twenty-first century. ""James Gifford has rendered scholars and pastors a service that should result in a richer understanding of the nature of union with Christ that they should then pass on to the larger Christian community. Finding an appropriate word to describe what it means to be 'in Christ' has been a struggle for biblical interpreters for years. Perichoresis is a word largely unknown outside of a very limited circle of scholars, but Gifford argues persuasively that its meaning accurately describes the type of union a believer enjoys with Christ. As he unfolds that meaning, believers will have more adequate words to understand and describe the relationship they enjoy. I commend a careful consideration of this important book."" -John S. Hammett Professor of Systematic Theology Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary ""The New Testament presents union with Christ as a central feature of soteriology. Yet generally evangelicals have not fully appreciated the implications of the concept. Gifford's clear and helpful work makes real strides in addressing this shortcoming."" -Ken Keathley Dean of the Faculty and Professor of Theology Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary ""Jim's thesis-developed using careful biblical, theological and historical analysis-is not widely understood and acknowledged, particularly in evangelical circles, although it ties in nicely to revived interest in the Trinity and Christology. His thesis-refreshingly relevant to nurture of Christ life-is formulated clearly, comprehensively and, I believe, quite convincingly."" -Bruce Demarest Professor of Christian Formation Denver Seminary James D. Gifford Jr. is an assistant professor with Liberty University Religion Online and a graduate of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.
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September 15, 2011

PERSON GRACE & GOD

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This volume offers a robust theological investigation of the concept of the person. Philip Rolnick calls us to think about personhood not just psychologically -- understanding it as a set of traits or behaviors or as a level of social adroitness -- but theologically. He believes that "person" represents our highest understanding of our lives with regard to each other, the world, and God. Some understanding of "person" underlies virtually every significant Christian doctrine and points to what is most at stake in it. A philosophically astute, historically informed, scientifically minded theologian, Rolnick here highlights the centrality of "person" for Christian thought by tracing its development from pre-Christian anticipations through the early church councils to Augustine, Boethius, Richard of St. Victor, and Aquinas. Examining contemporary challenges to the concept of the person from evolutionary biology and postmodern thought, Rolnick demonstrates the impressive accomplishment of neo-Darwinian research and then shows ways to interpret the biological data that are consonant with Jesus' love commands. Rolnick's Person, Grace, and God is a wide-ranging, deeply informed study of a topic of no small importance in a world in which science, postmodern thought, and Christian theology continuously engage each other.
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August 13, 2007

PERSPECTIVES ON THE DOCTRINE OF GOD FOUR

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Perspectives on the Doctrine of God presents in counterpoint form four basic common beliefs on the doctrine of God that have developed over the course of church history with a goal of determining which view is most faithful to Scripture.

Contributors to this fifth book in the PERSPECTIVES series are Regent College J.I. Packer chair in Theology and Philosophy Paul Helm (Classical Calvinist perspective), editor Bruce Ware (Modified Calvinist perspective), Baylor University professor of Theology Roger Olson (Classical Arminian perspective), and Hendrix College assistant professor of Religion John Sanders (Open Theist perspective).

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May 15, 2008

REDISCOVERING THE TRIUNE GOD

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Theologian Stanley Grenz here tells the story of trinitarian theology in the last century. He analyzes the remarkable ferment in the discipline and discusses key theologians-such as Karl Rahner, Jürgen Moltmann, Wolfhart Pannenberg, Robert Jenson, Elizabeth Johnson, Catherine Mowry LaCugna, Leonardo Boff, John Zizioulas, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Thomas F. Torrance-on such issues as God's inner life versus God's relationship to creation (immanent and economic trinity), social versus psychological analogies for the relationships within God, the relationship between trinity and Christology, the feminist critique of classical categories, and how God's trinitarian life figures in evolution, social justice, and spirituality. Grenz's introduction places this ferment historically in the course of Christian thought from the medieval period to now, while his conclusion sets a future agenda for the doctrine and theology.
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April 1, 2004

Reordering the Trinity Six Movements of God in the New Testament

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The New Testament writers present the Trinity in surprising ways, which impact our understanding of God and the mission of the church

We're used to hearing the traditional order of the Trinity, usually used in baptisms: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. But why does the apostle Paul end his letter to the Corinthians with a benediction naming the triune God in a different order: Son, Father, Spirit? In fact, there are six possible arrangements for naming the Trinity, each of which is used numerous times in the New Testament.

Analyzing the seventy-five New Testament references to the persons of the Godhead, theologian Rodrick Durst demonstrates that the ways the early church thought and talked about the Trinity had a great deal of richness and diversity that has since been lost. From the context of these passages Durst concludes that each order of the three names corresponds to a particular purpose or movement of God that the New Testament author is invoking: mission, salvation, witness to Christ, sanctification, spiritual formation, and Church unity. These six Trinitarian orders reveal God's calling to join Him in six different works.

Durst guides the reader through the significance of each formulation and how it can powerfully shape the twenty-first-century church and believers' formation, worship, witness, and work.

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November 27, 2015

RUBLEV TRINITY

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June 11, 2007

SHADOW OF THE ALMIGHTY

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"The Shadow of the Almighty introduces readers to the nature of God by exploring the biblical references to God as "Father," "Son," and "Holy Spirit." This fruitful approach offers fresh insight into the meaning of the biblical language used for God, giving readers the background necessary for properly understanding the trinitarian perspective of the New Testament and of the Christian faith." "Divided into four chapters, the book looks at "Father" language in early Judaism, at "Father" language in early Christianity, at "Son" language, and at language designating the Spirit. This thorough review of the traditional God language across the biblical texts shows what the earliest Christians understood by using these terms and, ultimately, what these terms mean for modern faith and practice." "While much of this material is deceptively familiar, the authors' close examination of how and where the different terms are used reveals some surprising results. It makes clear, for example, that speaking of God in trinitarian terms was not as radical a departure from early Jewish monotheism as many have thought, and it shows that while early Christianity was characterized by disparate ideas, the first Christians nevertheless shared a common understanding of God. Equally engaging findings of the book include the authors' support for the traditional gendered term "Father" when speaking about God." Complete with helpful questions at the end of each chapter, The Shadow of the Almighty provides an excellent place to begin a deeper study of God.
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9780802839480
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January 8, 2002

SHARED LIFE

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What is the trinity and does it really matter? Donald Macleod tells us that it does matter as "it is the model for the way we should live, particularly in our relations with one another." The Bible teaches clearly about the relationship between Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Fully grasping the trinity will always be beyond us, after all it is a divine mystery, but we can understand it better and it is critically important that we do, for if our understanding of God is wrong, it follows that our other ideas may be wrong too. 'The doctrine of the Trinity is not simply something to be believed, but something that ought to affect our lives profoundly', says Donald Macleod in this useful book that teaches us about the concept and implications of the doctrine of the Trinity.

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9781857921281
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May 20, 2011