A Companion to the Theology of John Webster

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Michael Allen, R. David Nelson
  • Grand Rapids, MI: 
    , June
     366 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


At the time of his death, John Webster was widely hailed as one of the leading Christian theologians in the world. Over the course of three decades, he produced groundbreaking studies on the theologies of Eberhard Jüngel and Karl Barth and, especially since the turn of the millennium, numerous books and essays on various themes in Christian dogmatics. He then intended to write an encyclopedic systematic theology—a project he was unable to complete.

No substitute is possible for that lost opus, but the contributors offer this volume as an homage to Webster and an aid to those who want to learn from him. A Companion to the Theology of John Webster begins with an introductory section on Webster’s theological development, then continues into an extensive overview of Webster’s contributions to contemporary discussions of particular doctrines. An epilogue suggests how Webster’s theology might have unfolded had he lived longer and imagines the continuing influence of his work on the enterprise of Christian dogmatics. Readers hoping to understand the legacy of this great theologian, and also those eager for fresh insights into the present state and future trajectories of contemporary Protestantism, will find much to offer here.

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

Michael Allen is the John Dyer Trimble Professor of Systematic Theology and academic dean at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He is the author of numerous books, including Grounded in Heaven, and the coeditor, with Scott R. Swain, of The Oxford Handbook of Reformed Theology.

R. David Nelson is senior acquisitions editor at Baker Academic and Brazos Press and editor of Lutheran Forum. He has authored and edited several books, including Jüngel: A Guide for the Perplexed and Theological Theology: Essays in Honour of John Webster.



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