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Number of Pages: 480
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2008
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Highfield draws on scripture, tradition, and widely esteemed theologians to correct common misunderstandings and superficial criticisms. He examines the modern practice, even among evangelical or conservatives, of first rehearsing the shortcomings of "traditional" theological teaching and then claiming that classical doctrines paint God as uncaring, uninvolved, and a threat to human freedom. Great is the Lord revisits this classic doctrine so accused to discover that, far from being the creator of such an unpleasant god, it actually preserves our confidence in God's love and his liberating action better than its opponents do. That traditional doctrine, Highfield argues, grounds our dignity and freedom in the center of reality, the Trinitarian life of God.
Highfield's work here maintains the highest intellectual standards, while offering a true theology for the praise of God.
Ron Highfield has reflected widely and profoundly on the doctrine of God. Great Is the Lord is a remarkable work. The approach is that of a believer who prizes what he delineates as mainstream views about God from within Scripture to the present. Highfield dialogues with most of the major theologians over this time frame and provides rich bibliographies of current studies regarding their perspectives. He especially converses with process theologians and proponents of open theism. This textbook, more than any other now available, offers cogent and penetrating insights into the theological skirmishes at the beginning of the twenty-first century. -Thomas H. Olbricht, Pepperdine University
The subtitle of this book---Theology for the Praise of God---should resonate with readers who have grown both tired and suspicious of theological texts that owe more to an Enlightenment epistemology than to an attempt to understand God as revealed in Holy Scripture. Ron Highfield is fully aware of the issues raised by critical studies of the biblical texts, but he does not allow these to interfere with the essential revelation conveyed by Scripture namely, the nature and activity of the Creator God. . . . The book reveals a breadth of research unusual in a text of this kind. -C. Robert Wetzel, Emmanuel School of Religion
Irenically challenging open theism and process theology, Highfield shows that the classical doctrine of God actually preserves our confidence in Gods love and his liberating action better than its opponents do. This traditional doctrine, Highfield argues, grounds our dignity and freedom in the center of reality, the trinitarian life of God. Highfields work maintains the highest intellectual standards throughout even as it offers a true theology for the praise of God.
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