God and History Laurence W. Wood

ISBN: 9780975543542

Published: March 23rd 2005

Paperback

342 pages


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God and History  by  Laurence W. Wood

God and History by Laurence W. Wood
March 23rd 2005 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 342 pages | ISBN: 9780975543542 | 10.61 Mb

This book argues for an integrative dialectic of faith and history. It is a fresh examination of the problem of faith and history. Instead of being a mere liability, it is argued here that the strength of the Christian faith is its historicity.MoreThis book argues for an integrative dialectic of faith and history. It is a fresh examination of the problem of faith and history.

Instead of being a mere liability, it is argued here that the strength of the Christian faith is its historicity. Although modern thought was not always friendly to Christian faith because of its deeply embedded dualism, it raised the critical intellectual issues that Christian theology needed to address. Advancing a more critical understanding of the nature of history than modern thought was generally able to achieve because of its dualistic thinking, this work argues for an integrative dialectic of historical probability and the certainty of faith.

This book gives a comprehensive and fascinating account of the development of the idea of history in correspondence to changing conceptions of the divine reality, from its origin in Ancient Israel and in Greece all the way to the contemporary discussion. It focuses on the rise of critical historical investigation in modern times and on the struggle of modern theology to come to terms with it. It is an important contribution to this discussion.

The split between fact and meaning is persuasively identified as a main obstacle and it is shown to be overcome in the reconstruction of history in the light of the eschatological future. Also very helpful is the final chapter on time (space-time) and eternity with its emphasis on Boethius and with its critical remarks on nontrinitarian theistic notions of a personal God.

--Wolfhart Pannenberg, University of Munich



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