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The Promise of Robert W. Jenson’s Theology: Constructive Engagements

Author: 
Stephen John Wright (Editor) Chris E. W. Green (Editor)
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North America has rarely produced a theologian as creative and productive as Robert W. Jenson. A truly ecumenical thinker, Jenson consistently demonstrates the way that the church’s confession of the triune God of scripture restructures Christian thinking. Jenson’s work on the nature of theology has focused on the category of "promise": a way with language that opens up new possibilities. At the heart of Jenson’s theology of the gospel is the conviction that, in Christ, God discloses a word of pure promise to us, enabling new patterns of life. Just as the gospel opens up new ways of living, good theology unfolds into new interpretations and articulations. Engaging Jenson’s work across vital areas, this volume lays out the contours and key contributions of Jenson’s thought for modern Christology, theological interpretation of Scripture, the doctrine of the Trinity in light of the recent Trinitarian revival, and ecumenical theological relations. This volume gathers together essays by some of contemporary theology’s most capable thinkers, such as Oliver Crisp, Stephen Holmes, Joseph Mangina, Peter Leithart, Telford Work, Eugene Rogers, R. Kendall Soulen, and Peter Ochs, to examine the ways in which Jenson’s own theology functions as "promise," enabling further theological visions and articulations.

ISBN: 
9781506432663
Price: 
$79.00
ISBN: 
9781506408378
Price: 
$79.00
Release date: 
September 1, 2017
Pages: 
224
Width: 
6
Height: 
9

Endorsements

Here we have first-rate scholars producing first-rate work on one of the greatest theologians of our time. Highly recommended!

"Robert W. Jenson is arguably the theologian Karl Barth would have been if the elderly Barth taught the young Barth. Young Karl spent his days re-thinking everything his teachers had taught him, working himself free from their deeply ingrained patterns of thought. But Jenson begins where Barth left off, taking his key insight into the eternal election of Jesus Christ and running with it towards a construal of reality determined solely by the gospel event—that’s what makes Jenson’s theology so important. Green and Wright celebrate Jenson’s work by inviting an impressive group of theologians to wrestle with his central proposals. The result is invaluable. Here we have first-rate scholars producing first-rate work on one of the greatest theologians of our time, probing and critiquing, testing and refining, and again demonstrating the promise of Jenson’s theology. This book comes highly recommended!"

Lincoln Harvey | St Mellitus College, London

A lively tribute to one of the most original theologians writing in the United States today.

"More than a festschrift, this is a lively tribute to one of the most original theologians writing in the United States today. With contributions from an ecumenically diverse set of authors, this volume offers a fresh engagement of Jenson’s work, showing that his theology still has much to offer to the on-going task of the theologian: to speak the gospel of promise faithfully to a world that has ‘lost its story.'"

Cheryl Peterson | Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, OH