Reforming the Doctrine of God

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2005 - Religion - 326 pages
To an increasing number of people these days, the announcement of God as a timeless immaterial substance, a single subject who is the predetermining cause of all things, does not sound like good news. Concerned that such problematic understandings of God continue to govern current debates, F. LeRon Shults explores the emerging theological revival of such themes as the Trinity and eschatology. Linking traditional attributes of God with contemporary philosophy, his book culminates with a reformed doctrine of God that revolves around themes of God's omniscient faithfulness, omnipotent love, and omnipresent hope.

Evangelical in conviction while engaged with a variety of Christian traditions, Shults navigates a faithful way between dismissing the biblical tradition and fossilizing it in early modern categories. Reforming the Doctrine of God marks an astute and much-needed reconstruction of Christian theology for our day.
 

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Contents

63 Lutheran Reconstructions
150
64 The Ecumenical and Reformative Appeal of Trinitarian Doctrine
157
65 Robust Trinity
162
RENEWING ESCHATOLOGICAL ONTOLOGY
166
71 Traditional Resources
167
72 Reformed Reconstructions
174
73 Lutheran Reconstructions
183
74 The Ecumenical and Reformative Appeal of Eschatological Ontology
191

23 Alterity in Late Modern Philosophy
26
24 Mathematics and Linguistics in Contemporary Science
30
25 Biblical Experiences of Infinity
35
GOD AS SINGLE SUBJECT?
41
31 Ockhamist Anxiety
44
32 Trinity in Early Modern Theological Projects
48
33 Personality in Late Modern Philosophy
52
34 Feeling and Acting in Contemporary Science
56
35 Biblical Experiences of Trinity
60
GOD AS FIRST CAUSE?
66
41 Newtonian Anxiety
69
42 Eschatology in Early Modern Theological Projects
73
43 Futurity in Late Modern Philosophy
77
44 Causality and Temporality in Contemporary Science
83
45 Biblical Experiences of Futurity
88
TRAJECTORIES IN THE DOCTRINE OF GOD
95
RETRIEVING DIVINE INFINITY
97
51 Traditional Resources
99
52 Reformed Reconstructions
107
53 Lutheran Reconstructions
116
54 The Ecumenical and Reformative Appeal of Divine Infinity
124
55 Intensive Infinity
130
REVIVING TRINITARIAN DOCTRINE
133
61 Traditional Resources
134
62 Reformed Reconstructions
142
75 Absolute Futurity
198
REFORMING THE DOCTRINE OF GOD
203
OMNISCIENT FAITHFULNESS
205
81 Beyond the Antinomy of Divine Foreknowledge
209
82 A Trembling Delight in the Name of God
214
83 Jesus Christ and the Spirit of Wisdom
219
84 Reconstructing the Teleological Argument
225
85 The Gospel of Divine Knowing
230
OMNIPOTENT LOVE
235
91 Beyond the Antinomy of Divine Predestination
237
92 A Trembling Delight in the Reign of God
243
93 Jesus Christ and the Spirit of Justice
249
94 Reconstructing the Cosmological Argument
254
95 The Gospel of Divine Acting
260
OMNIPRESENT HOPE
265
101 Beyond the Antinomy of Divine Timelessness
267
102 A Trembling Delight in the Face of God
273
103 Jesus Christ and the Spirit of Freedom
278
104 Reconstructing the Ontological Argument
282
105 The Gospel of Divine Being
289
Epilogue
294
Bibliography
298
Index
324
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F. LeRon Shults is professor of theology and philosophy at the University of Agder in Kristiansand, Norway. His other books include Reforming the Doctrine of God and Christology and Science.

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