Understanding Pannenberg

Landmark Theologian of the Twentieth Century

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Anthony C. Thiselton
Cascade Companions
  • Eugene, OR: 
    Cascade Books
    , June
     2018.
     222 pages.
     $27.00.
     Paperback.
    ISBN
    9781532641251.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Mark P. Hertenstein forthcoming.

Description

Wolfhart Pannenberg has forever changed the face of twentieth-century theology. His book on Christology constituted a turning-point away from Bultmann’s existentialist theology, and convincingly vindicated belief in the bodily resurrection of Jesus and its importance for theology. His numerous other works, especially his Systematic Theology, Theological Anthropology, and Theology and the Philosophy of Science, show both depth of learning and an unsurpassed and enviable range of interests.

This book aims to explain the vast scope of Pannenberg’s thought, his understanding of the sovereignty and majesty of the God as the God of all reality (not only Israel and the church), who also revealed himself in Jesus Christ. Jesus is not simply the pre-resurrection Jesus of many Gospel narratives, but the raised and exalted Christ of the whole New Testament. Pannenberg shines a light on the centrality of futurity, and of the whole of reality in God’s purposes. Meaning becomes clear in the light of the whole, as his hermeneutics explains. He expounds the role of God as Trinity and the Holy Spirit. His vision of God and the whole world is breath-taking, and often heartening and practical.

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

Anthony C. Thiselton is Emeritus Canon Professor of Christian Theology in the University of Nottingham. He has written twenty books, including The Holy Spirit (2013), The Last Things (2012), The Hermeneutics of Doctrine (2007), and The First Epistle to the Corinthians (NIGTC, 2000). He holds the PhD, DD, and DTheol, and is a Fellow of the British Academy. With poor eyesight and a severe stroke, he has spent fifty-four years in Ordained Ministry and the University.

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