God the Almighty: Power, Wisdom, Holiness, Love (Christian Foundations)

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Voted one of Christianity Today's 1996 Books of the Year! The doctrine of God is receiving renewed and vigorous attention among theologians. Even a cursory examination of recent scholarship reveals what leading evangelical theologian Donald Bloesch describes as "a mounting controversy over the concept of God." God is variously portrayed as vulnerable (Jürgen Moltmann, Clark Pinnock), as lover (Norman Pittenger, Ronald Goetz), as friend (Alfred North Whitehead, Sallie McFague) and as empowerer (Rosemary Radford Ruether). Bloesch agrees that many of these proposals have some biblical merit. But what is lacking, he argues, "is a strong affirmation of the holiness and almightiness of God." So in this volume, which he considers the most important in his Christian Foundations series, Bloesch offers cogent criticisms and corrective insights on both classical and recently advanced views of God. He seeks to hold in faithful tension "the polarities that are reflected in God's nature and activity--his majesty as well as his vulnerability, his sovereignty as well as his grace, his wholly otherness as well as his unsurpassable closeness, his holiness as well as his love."

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Drawing on an immense fund of erudition, Donald Bloesch turns to the central subject of life and theology - God. He addresses an impressive array of issues, both perennial and contemporary, including gender language of God, the resurgence of pantheism, God's essence and attributes, process theology's understanding of God, the problem of evil, the mystery of the Trinity, and weak as well as strong points of the biblical-classical synthesis on the doctrine of God.

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Donald G. Bloesch (1928-2010) earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and was professor of theology emeritus at Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He did postdoctoral work at the universities of Oxford, Tübingen and Basel. He wrote numerous books, including Faith and Its Counterfeits, Evangelical Theology in Transition, Theological Notebook: Volume 3, Essentials of Evangelical Theology, The Future of Evangelical Christianity, The Struggle of Prayer, Spirituality Old & New, Freedom for Obedience and the seven-volume Christian Foundations series. He also served for a time as president of the Midwest Division of the American Theological Society.

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