Towards a Theological Understanding of History

Towards a Theological Understanding of History

Towards a Theological Understanding of History

Towards a Theological Understanding of History

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This book is concerned with a problem to which theologians have increasingly directed attention during the past twenty years--the problem of history. What is the nature of history? Has history any significant relation to the ultimate meaning of the universe? What is the relationship of Christian theology to the movement of history? The following pages are intimately related to a previous book, Salvation History: A Biblical Interpretation (Richmond: John Knox Press, 1963), in which I have examined the biblical understanding of history and elaborated the categories and images involved. In this volume I am building on this foundation of biblical theology, drawing out its implications for our contemporary thinking on history. Hence the study begins with an investigation of the nature of historical knowledge and a discussion of the various attempts to formulate a philosophy of history. The latter are examined critically from the Christian standpoint, and we then move into an effort to validate the Christian way of faith and revelation as a way of knowing. In the course of this, it is compared and contrasted with the rationalistic approach to meaning in history and the approach of the general religious consciousness with its nebulous relativism. The way has thus been prepared for an attempt to relate the biblical categories and images to a contemporary reconstruction of a theology of history. Here I have drawn on the best current theological and philosophical thinking, as well as on the rich stores of past tradition.

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