The God Who Trusts

A Relational Theology of Divine Faith, Hope, and Love

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Wm. Curtis Holtzen
  • Downers Grove, IL: 
    IVP Academic
    , December
     280 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


The Bible resounds with affirmations of the faithfulness and trustworthiness of God. But might God also exhibit faith and trust?

Standing in the tradition of theologians such as John Sanders, who argued that God is one who risks, Wm. Curtis Holtzen contends that God is not merely trustworthy or faithful, but that God is also one who trusts and has faith. According to Holtzen, because God is a being of relational love and exists in relationship with humans, who can freely choose to follow God, then God is a God who trusts.

Such an argument might challenge our notion of who God is, yet Holtzen argues that understanding the relationship between divine trust and human faith can give us a fuller, truer picture of who God is and who we are.

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

Wm. Curtis Holtzen (DTh, University of South Africa) is a professor of philosophy and theology at Hope International University. He is the coeditor of Connecting Faith and Science: Philosophical and Theological InquiriesIn Spirit and In Truth: Philosophical Reflections on Liturgy and Worship, and By Faith and Reason: The Essential Keith Ward.



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