Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Comfortable Words: Essays in Honor of Paul F. M. Zahl

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Comfortable Words: Essays in Honor of Paul F. M. Zahl

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Comfortable Words: Essays in Honor of Paul F. M. Zahl. Edited by John D. Koch and Todd H.W. Brewer (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick Publications, 2013, Pp. xviii, 276. $32.00, paper.)

Comfortable Words is a festschrift in honor of Paul Zahl, the retired dean and president of Trinity Episcopal School for ministry in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, who represents the intersection of several distinct theological traditions. On the one hand, Zahl comes originally from the evangelical wing of the Episcopal Church, with its emphasis upon the substitutionary sacrifice of Christ and the necessity of personal faith and renewal. This tradition appears to be in part represented in the collection by the opening essay by Tullian Tchividjian, grandson of Billy Graham and a Presbyterian minister. Tchividjian credits Zahl with inculcating in him to a stronger sense of radical grace more in accordance with the Reformation than with the evangelicalism of his youth. Zahl's background also intersects with the tradition of twentieth- century continental Protestant theology. He studied at Tübingen under the direction of Jürgen Moltmann (who also contributes an essay,) and wrote a doctoral dissertation on the theology of the Lutheran New Testament scholar Ernst Käsemann. As a result, Zahl's theology has a strong Lutheran flavor about it. Taking much of its inspiration from neo-orthodoxy and the writings of Karl Barth, this particular theology emphasized the electing power of God and disruptive nature of grace. These emphases can be seen lovingly reproduced in many of the essays in this collection, notably the ones by John Koch (an Episcopal priest, currently studying for his doctorate in Germany) and Mark Mattes (a theologian from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America). …

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