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This volume provides an excellent collection of primary source documents from key Christian theologians that show ways in which God has been understood throughout the history of Christian thought. Malcolm surveys the major features which have marked theological understandings of God throughout six distinct periods, including the early church, the medieval era, the Reformation, modernity, the twentieth-century, and the present day. She describes the historical contexts and theological relevance of each of these works, which have helped shape the various ways Christians have come to understand God. This book will be particularly valuable to students of theology by providing significant insights from these important and accessible texts.

Author Biography

Lois Malcolm is Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Luther Seminary. She is the author of numerous articles as well as Holy Spirit: Creative Power in Our Lives. She has served on the editorial board of the Sources of Christian Theology series, published by Westminster John Knox Press.

Table of Contents

Series Introductionp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
A Note on the Selection and Arrangement of Textsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
Abbreviationsp. xxxvii
God in the Early Church
Exodus 3:13-15 and Significant New Testament Passagesp. 3
Irenaeus, Against the Heresies, Book 4, Chapter 20:1-8p. 9
Tertullian, Against Praxeas, Chapters 1-2, 7-9p. 15
Origen of Alexandria, On First Principles, Book 1, Chapters 1-3p. 22
Athanasius of Alexandriap. 37
Orations against the Arians, Discourse 1.6p. 37
Letters to Serapion on the Holy Spirit, 1:24-25p. 42
Gregory of Nazianzus, Orations 20, 23, 25p. 44
Gregory of Nyssap. 55
Refutation of Eunomius' Confession, Book 2.1-3p. 57
The Great Catechism, Prologue, Chapters 1-3p. 62
The Life of Moses, Book 1.5-10, Book 2.162-69p. 67
Augustine, The Trinity, Book 15.1-14p. 70
Dionysius the Areopagitep. 83
Divine Names, Chapter 1p. 84
Mystical Theology, Chapters 1-5p. 90
Maximus Confessor, Chapters on Knowledge, "Second Century," 1-11p. 95
God in the Medieval Period
Anselm of Canterbury, Proslogion, Preface, Chapters 1-5, 18-19, 22-26p. 103
Bonaventure, The Journey of the Mind into God, Chapters 5-7p. 114
Summa Theologica, 1.1-4,12-13p. 128
Sermon 6: Justi vivent in aeternum (Wis. 5:16)p. 148
Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love, Chapters 58-63p. 154
Nicholas of Cusa, Vision of God, Chapter 10p. 163
God in the Reformation
Martin Lutherp. 169
"Luther's Experience of the 'Righteousness of God"'p. 170
The Heidelberg Disputationp. 171
The Large Catechismp. 173
"The Right Hand of God"p. 177
"God Is a Supernatural, Inscrutable Being"p. 180
Institutes of the Christian Religion, Book 1, Chapters 1-3, 14.20-22p. 181
God in Modernity
Jonathan Edwardsp. 195
The End for Which God Created the World, Section 7p. 196
"Discourse on the Trinity"p. 202
Meditations, 3.1-4, 13-16, 22-39p. 205
"The Wager," Sections 3.227-33, 4.277-82p. 214
"The Existence of God as a Postulate of Pure Practical Reason"p. 220
"God and Immortality"p. 227
"The Development of the Idea of God"p. 236
"The Sin of Despairing of the Forgiveness of Sins (Offense)"p. 249
"God and the World"p. 259
God in Twentieth-century Theology
"The Being of God as the One Who Loves in Freedom"p. 273
"Brief Creedal Statements"p. 282
"God as the Power of Being Resisting Nonbeing"p. 290
"The Unity and Attributes of the Divine Essence"p. 302
"A Trinitarian Theology of the Cross"p. 309
"The Cross and the Trinity"p. 319
"The Divine Darkness"p. 330
"The Relation of Being and Operation in God"p. 335
Recent Developments
"Can Belief in God Be Rational?"p. 345
"Christian Theocentrism"p. 348
"The Openness of God"p. 351
"God, the Giver of All Good Gifts"p. 355
"Heating the Cool Ideals of Dukkha, Anicca, and Anatta"p. 358
"A Non-dualist Vision of the Trinitarian God"p. 363
"The Doctrine of God in African Thought"p. 368
"Amen: The Whole Mystery in a Nutshell"p. 375
"She Who Is"p. 380
"The Practicality of the Doctrine of the Trinity"p. 385
"Trinity and Revelation"p. 389
God Without Beingp. 393
Permissionsp. 399
Suggestions for Further Readingp. 405
Indexp. 413
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