God -- The World's Future: Systematic Theology for a New Era

God -- The World's Future: Systematic Theology for a New Era

God -- The World's Future: Systematic Theology for a New Era

God -- The World's Future: Systematic Theology for a New Era


Since its original publication, God-The World's Future, has been widely and successfully as a comprehensive textbook in systematic theology explicitly crafted in light of the postmodern context. It explains the whole body of Christian historical doctrine from within a "proleptic" framework, "whereby the gospel is understood as announcing the pre-actualization of the future consummation of all things in Jesus Christ." This concept is skillfully deployed not only to organize the various theological areas or loci but also to rethink doctrines in light of key postmodern challenges from ecumenism, critical historical thinking, contemporary science, and gender relations.

In this edition, Peters has updated each chapter, made substantive changes in the book's treatment of God and Christ's "offices," and elaborated his theology in light of developments in feminist and deconstructive theologies.


Faith is believing and trusting in God. Theology is the discipline of thinking about God in light of our faith. But many people in the modern era have experienced a crisis of faith. This crisis has caused doubts regarding the ability of theology to speak intelligibly or meaningfully about the reality in which we live. If our trust be in God and God alone, however, then both our faith and our intellectual honesty will require that we face the crisis squarely and seek to reassess the potential of theology to present the ultimate truths that govern our lives. I write as one who has personally experienced the crisis and who wishes to suggest a postcrisis method for pursuing the theological task.

My story is not at all unusual; nor does it hinge upon dramatic external events. It is a story of the inner life and may be all the more instructive because of this. I was raised in a devout Lutheran family in the Midwest. We attended church frequently and my parents took their turns at Sunday school teaching and serving on the church council. the Christian symbol system imbued my daily life. God, heaven, hell, and the drama of salvation were as real to me as George Washington, the Declaration of Independence, and General Motors. the only threat to the validity of my family’s faith was a rumor about godless university professors who were teaching the theory of evolution, which contradicted the Genesis creation account. I dreaded the thought that I should ever come under the influence of such idea mongers who might puncture the sealed world of religious truth in which I lived.

But then I turned eighteen and went off to the big state university— straight into the den of intellectual iniquity. the rumor became reality. Some professors laughed overtly at the beliefs of the more fundamentalistic students. It seemed that my freshman English teacher asked at least once a week: “If God is omnipotent, can God make a stone so heavy even he can’t . . .

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