A Theology of the Presence and Absence of God

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Anthony J. Godzieba
  • Collegeville, MN: 
    Liturgical Press
    , May
     2018.
     340 pages.
     $49.95.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9780814663585.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Ken Armentrout forthcoming.

Description

In a consumer-driven and technologized world, can we still experience the mystery of God? This book answers yes by exploring the rich resources of the Christian tradition of thinking and speaking about God. Focusing on God's dialectical character-divine availability ("presence") and divine excess ("absence")-and the belief that "God is love" (1 John 4:16), professor Anthony J. Godzieba tracks how God became a problem in Western culture, then responds by showing how human experience is open to divine transcendence and how that openness encounters the revelation of God as Trinity. The book's contemporary edge comes from its insistence that belief as embodied performance is the most authentic way to participate in the mystery of God's love, which is "the answer to the mystery of the world and human beings" (Walter Kasper).

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

Anthony J. Godzieba is Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova University and former editor of Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society. His work in systematic, foundational, and philosophical theologies is published widely in various collections and in journals such as Theological Studies, Louvain Studies, and The Heythrop Journal. Most recently he has co-edited (with Bradford Hinze) Beyond Dogmatism and Innocence: Hermeneutics, Critique, and Catholic Theology (Liturgical Press, 2017).

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