The God Biographers

The God Biographers : Our Changing Image of God from Job to the Present

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The God Biographers presents a sweeping narrative of the Western image of God since antiquity, following the theme of how the 'old' biography of God has been challenged by a 'new' biography in the twenty-first century. The new biography has made its case in free will theism, process thought, evolutionary doctrines, relational theology, and 'open theism'_a story of people, ideas, and events that is brought up to the present in this engaging more

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  • Hardback | 248 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 929.86g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739140957
  • 9780739140956
  • 2,147,363

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The structure of old and new biographies of God helpfully organizes a massive amount of material involving biblical studies, theology, history, and philosophy. The central distinctions in contemporary concepts among process, open, Arminian, and Reformed doctrines of God are presented fairly. The brief discussion of the Catholic concepts of de Chardin and Haught provides breadth that is often lacking in these discussions without ignoring the controversial nature of those positions in the Catholic tradition. Witham provides a clear summary that recognizes the variety of factors in the current debates about God that academics, the general public, and the evangelical movement will find it useful. -- John Culp, Azusa Pacific Universityshow more

About Larry Witham

Larry Witham is a veteran journalist and author in the Washington D.C. area who has covered current events, history, religion and society, science, and philosophy. After twenty-one years in a newsroom, Witham now writes and edits books full time. He is author of ten books, including Marketplace of the Gods: How Economics Explains Religion (Oxford University Press, April 2010) and A City Upon a Hill: How Sermons Changed the Course of American History (HarperOne, 2008).show more

Table of contents

1 Table of Contents Chapter 2 Preface: The God Biographers Chapter 3 1: Job, the Hebrews, and the Greeks (The Ancient World) Chapter 4 2: God Visits the WorldEarly (Christianity) Chapter 5 3: The Immutable Monarch (The Middle Ages) Chapter 6 4: 'Back to the Sources' (Reformation and Enlightenment) Chapter 7 5: The Lament of Job (The Modern Experience of Evil and Nature) Chapter 8 6: Biography with Philosophy(Metaphysics of the 'Process' God) Chapter 9 7: Theistic Solutions (Trying Out Panentheism and Analytics) Chapter 10 8: Biography with the Bible (The 'Open' God of Scripture) Chapter 11 9: Toward a New Biography (Doctrinal and Social Controversy) Chapter 12 10: What Would Job Say? (The New Biography and the Future) Chapter 13 Acknowledgements Chapter 14 Notes and Bibliographyshow more

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