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Wrath Among the Perfections of God' : T&t Clark Studies in Systematic Theology - Jeremy J Wynne

Wrath Among the Perfections of God'

T&t Clark Studies in Systematic Theology

Hardcover Published: 26th October 2010
ISBN: 9780567488541
Number Of Pages: 240

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Late-modern theology is marked by persistent and widespread uncertainty as to how the wrath of God can be taken up as a legitimate theme within dogmatics. Rather than engage the most fundamental task of clarifying the inner logic by which God's identity is revealed in scripture, privilege has been ceded either to cultural and textual criticism, to ostensibly self-evident moral sensibilities, or to the thematization of religious experience. The present work sets out to rectify this misstep. The result is a rigorous proposal for understanding wrath expressly within the doctrine of God, as a redemptive mode of divine righteousness.

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'Talk of divine wrath stands at the margins of much contemporary theology, and the great merit of this fine essay is not simply to recall attention to a neglected scriptural theme but to show how it belongs to a well-ordered account of God's perfect righteousness. This is a potent exercise in exegetical dogmatics--well-researched, carefully argued, and elegantly presented--that should be of considerable interest both in the church and the academy.' - Donald Wood, Lecturer in Systematic Theology, Department of Divinity and Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen, UK. - Donald Wood 'Wrath Among the Perfections of God's Life sets out to correct a long-standing deficit in modern academic theology, the hostility toward Divine wrath as an attribute of the Divine nature. As such, the book itself is decidedly modern in its approach and content: while Lactantius, Irenaeus and Nyssa make important but slender contributions to the work, Schleiermacher, Barth, and Bavinck dominate. The Protestant scholastics -notably Turretin -come in for close attention, and through them, Calvin's Institutes. This is natural, for the opposition to Divine wrath as an attribute, or even aspect, of God's nature is born of the modern era, and has become axiomatic in Schleiermacher, Ritschl, and present-day adherents. This lacuna extends to Biblical scholarship in the modern vein, as this work amply demonstrates. Wynne shows a fine range in his treatment of contemporary authors, moving deftly from analytic philosophers, to systematicians such as Webster, Jungle and Tanner, to secondary authorities on Reformed dogmatics. Wynne's aim is to open up conceptual and doctrinal space for Divine wrath within the life of God: such wrath, he argues, should be set out as a mode of God's righteousness, serving the end of God's merciful justification of the ungodly. Wynne has shown independence of mind and judgment; he has marshaled extensive research in primary and secondary materials; he has argued a clear and sustained thesis through careful and rigorous conceptual analysis. Most importantly, Wynne has taken a doctrine self-evidently central to Christian teaching in the pre-modern era, the wrath of the Living God, and brought it back into conversation with modern academic theology and exegesis -a fine scholarly gift to theology.' - Kate Sonderegger, Professor of Theology, Virginia Theological Seminary, USA. - Kate Sonderegger

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
A Systematic Approach Reconsideredp. 1
Theological Approaches to the Topic of Wrathp. 2
Renewed Interest in the Divine Perfectionsp. 9
Purpose, Plan, and Limitationsp. 11
The Subject Matter of the Doctrine of the Divine Perfections: Content Impressing Formp. 17
The Living Godp. 18
The Self-Named God: Father, Son, and Holy Spiritp. 31
The Eternal Godp. 41
The Arrangement and Inner Logic of the Divine Perfections: Form Reflecting Contentp. 61
Efficiency and the Way of Intensification: Francis Turretin on the Reformed Scholastic Arrangement of the Attributesp. 64
Beyond the Subjectivity of Morals and Doctrine: Friedrich Schleiermacher on the Attributes Which Relate to the Immediate Self-Consciousnessp. 77
An Overflowing Depth: Karl Barth on God's Love in Freedomp. 92
Modes of Divine Perfectionp. 109
The Lord's Vineyard and the Rule of His Generosity: Matthew 20.1-16 and Isaiah 5.1-7p. 119
The Image of the Vineyardp. 120
The Righteousness of God: Self-Identical in Every Modep. 128
The Living Parablep. 141
Wrath, Righteousness, and the Acquittal of the Guilty: Romans 3.21-26 and Exodus 34.6-7p. 147
Sinners under God's Wrathp. 153
The Gift of Jesus Christ: Wrath and the Exchange of Death for Lifep. 165
Acquittal of the Guiltyp. 174
Publication of Salvation and Final Judgment: Revelation 14.14-20 and Amos 3.2p. 184
The Righteous God, the Hope of the Persecutedp. 185
Wrath, History, and the Divine Pedagogyp. 197
Bibliographyp. 211
Index of Scripture Referencesp. 224
Index of Namesp. 229
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ISBN: 9780567488541
ISBN-10: 0567488543
Series: T&t Clark Studies in Systematic Theology
Audience: BAC
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 26th October 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.0  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1