God: A Brief History

God: A Brief History

God: A Brief History

God: A Brief History

Synopsis

"This brief and informative tour narrates how the doctrine of God has evolved through three thousand years of religious history. Capetz skillfully traces the sweeping insights and tumultuous tensions that underlay the Christian doctrine and remain with us still. He shows clearly how the personal, changeable, involved God of the Hebrew Bible transformed decisively in its encounter with Greek metaphysical concepts and with the emerging early Christian understanding of the Trinity. And he shows how, since the Reformation and Enlightenment and into the contemporary world, Christians have continued their quest to understand the elusive divine." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

This brief book invites the reader to survey the great sweep of two millennia of Christian reflection about God. It is an attempt at “historical theology.” As a study in history, it follows a chronological framework for the sake of exploring how Christian understandings of God have developed from biblical times to the present day. As a study in theology, the narrative is designed to highlight some of the questions to be pondered by contemporary Christians as they consider how to articulate the meaning of faith in God for today. Since this discussion can only introduce the bare outlines of this history, there is no pretense to completeness in the treatment of topics. Indeed, specialized monographs have been written by learned scholars about every issue treated here in only a few sentences or paragraphs. Yet one can identify prominent lines of development and significant tensions within this extremely complex history. We can thereby arrive at some basic understanding of the affirmations about God made by Christians as well as the problems that have led to controversy among them about how to formulate these affirmations.

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