Doctrine of God

Authored by: Brian Hebblethwaite

The Routledge Companion to Modern Christian Thought

Print publication date:  March  2013
Online publication date:  October  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415782173
eBook ISBN: 9780203387856
Adobe ISBN: 9781136677922


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There are many different strands in modern Christian thought about God; but it has to be remembered that behind them all lie two thousand years of Christian history and theology, to say nothing of the previous millennium of development in the faith of Israel. The Judeo-Christian tradition has, in the modern period, had to come to terms with major innovations, themselves extremely various, in philosophy, in scientific discovery and in historical and biblical criticism. But the key doctrines of Christian faith, as taught and handed down in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox and Protestant churches, have remained basically the same. This is certainly true of the doctrine of God. All three religions of Semitic origin – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – continue to hold and teach that the universe in which we find ourselves is the creation of an infinite, uncreated, incorporeal, mind or spirit, responsible not only for the very being of the world but also for its meaning and its destiny. What these three faiths have in common in their basic doctrine of God has been sensitively explored by David Burrell in Knowing the Unknowable God (Burrell 1986).

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