The Reality of God and Historical Method

Apocalyptic Theology in Conversation with N. T. Wright

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Samuel V. Adams
New Explorations in Theology
  • Westmont, IL: 
    InterVarsity Press
    , November
     297 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Scott Ables forthcoming.


After a flurry of heated debates in the mid-twentieth century over the relationship between faith and history, the dust seems to have settled. The parties have long since dispersed into their separate camps. The positions are entrenched and loyalties are staked out.

This first volume in the New Explorations in Theology is a deliberate attempt to kick up the dust again, but this time as a constructive development of what is now being called "apocalyptic theology." Samuel Adams argues that any historiography interested in contributing to theological knowledge must take into consideration, at a methodological level, the reality of God that has invaded history in Jesus Christ. He explores this idea in critical dialogue with the writings of New Testament historian and theologian N. T. Wright, whose work has significantly shaped the current conversation on this problem.

The Reality of God and Historical Method is a fresh, bold and interdisciplinary exploration of the question: How is it possible to say that a particular historical person is the reconciliation of the world?

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Samuel V. Adams (PhD, University of St Andrews) is director of graduate studies and assistant professor of theology and social justice at Kilns College in Bend, Oregon. He previously lectured at the University of St Andrews and was the founding pastor of Bend Mennonite Church. His research currently focuses on understanding theologies of history and their relationship to theories of social action.


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