Remythologizing Theology Divine Action, Passion, and Authorship

ISBN-10: 1107405572
ISBN-13: 9781107405578
Edition: 2012
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/19/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 560
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

The rise of modern science and the proclaimed 'death' of God in the nineteenth century led to a radical questioning of divine action and authorship - Bultmann's celebrated 'demythologizing'. Remythologizing Theology, a 2010 book, moves in another direction that begins by taking seriously the biblical accounts of God's speaking. It establishes divine communicative action as the formal and material principle of theology, and suggests that interpersonal dialogue, rather than impersonal causality, is the keystone of God's relationship with the world. This original contribution to the theology of divine action and authorship develops a fresh vision of Christian theism. It also revisits several long-standing controversies such as the relations of God's sovereignty to human freedom, time to eternity, and suffering to love. Groundbreaking and thought-provoking, it brings theology into fruitful dialogue with philosophy, literary theory, and biblical studies.

Kevin Vanhoozer is Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.James K. A. Smith is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Seminars in Christian Scholarship at Calvin College.Bruce Ellis Benson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College.Kevin Vanhoozer is Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.James K. A. Smith is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Seminars in Christian Scholarship at Calvin College.Bruce Ellis Benson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Wheaton College.

Preface
Introduction: what is remythologizing?
'God' in Scripture and Theology
Biblical representation (Vorstellung): divine communicative action and passion
Theological conceptualization (Begriff): varieties of theism and panentheism
The new kenotic-perichoretic relational ontotheology: some 'classical' concerns
Communicative Theism and the Triune God
God's being is in communicating
God in three persons: the one who lights and lives in love
God and World: Authorial Action and Interaction
Divine author and human hero in dialogical relation
Divine communicative sovereignty and human freedom: the hero talks back
Impassible passion? Suffering, emotions, and the crucified God
Impassible compassion? From divine pathos to divine patience
Conclusion: always remythologizing? Answering to the Holy author in our midst
Select bibliography
Index of scriptural references
General index

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