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The Analogy of Faith: The Quest for God's Speakability
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For centuries philosophers and theologians have asked whether and how it is possible to talk about God. The shared answer to this question goes by the name of "analogy," which recognizes both similarity and difference between the divine being and human language. In the twentieth century, Karl Barth, Erich Przywara, Hans Urs von Balthasar and Eberhard Jungel explored this question in new and controversial ways that continue to shape contemporary debates in theology.
In The Analogy of Faith: The Quest for God's Speakability, Archie Spencer examines the problem of analogy in its ancient, medieval and modern forms. He argues for a Christological version of Barth's analogy of faith, informed by Jungel's analogy of advent, as the way forward for Protestant theology in answering the problem of God's speakability.
|Title: The Analogy of Faith: The Quest for God's Speakability|
By: Archie J. Spencer
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2015
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.00 (inches)|
Weight: 1 pound 5 ounces
Series: Strategic Initiatives in Evangelical Theology
Stock No: WW840687
J. I. Packer Professor of Theology, Regent College
Years of careful research stand behind this book, which is distinguished by its strong thesis, bold argumentation and close reading of sources ranging across the entire history of theology. Scholars interested in the doctrine of analogy, or the relationship between Christology and theological method, will find much of value here, as will those interested in Thomas Aquinas, Karl Barth, Eberhard Jungel, or the relationship between Protestant and Catholic theology.
-Keith L. Johnson,
The question of analogy leads to the heart of the very possibility of theology. Spencer invites his readers to consider afresh the long tradition of reflection on analogy with a view to a contemporary restatement of both the classical problem and its possible evangelical solution. Drawing upon Barth and Jungel in particular, he argues convincingly that faithful talk of God can and must be graciously suspended from the living and eloquent reality of Jesus Christ. Spencer here makes a substantive contribution to a fundamental debate in Christian theology.
-Philip G. Ziegler,
University of Aberdeen
In this engaging volume, Archie J. Spencer explores the controverted issue at the heart of the enterprise of theology - the issue of analogy. The book offers not only a discerning conversation with Augustine and Aquinas on analogy, attending to both their philosophical predecessors and their complex reception histories, but also a thoughtful interaction with more recent work on analogy from Karl Barth and Eberhard Jungel. The result of this series of studies, as well as of the related exegetical labors, is Spencer's own constructive proposal, setting forth a new, resolutely Christocentric understanding of analogy along the three complementary dimensions of participation, performance and parable. This is rigorous and generative Christian dogmatics of an impressive order and deserves to be widely attended.
-Paul T. Nimmo,
University of Aberdeen
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