Freedom and Necessity in Modern Trinitarian Theology Hardback

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Freedom and Necessity in Modern Trinitarian Theology

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Freedom and Necessity in Modern Trinitarian Theology examines the tension between God and the world through a constructive reading of the Trinitarian theologies and Christologies of Sergii Bulgakov (1871-1944), Karl Barth (1886-1968), and Hans Urs von Balthasar (1905-1988). It focuses on what is called 'the problematic of divine freedom and necessity' and the response of the writers. 'Problematic' refers to God being simultaneously radically free and utterly bound to creation. God did not need to create and redeem the world in Christ. It is a contingent free gift. Yet, on the other side of a dialectic, he also has eternally determined himself to be God as Jesus Christ. He must create and redeem the world to be God as he has so determined. In this way the world is given a certain 'free necessity' by him because if there were no world then there would be no Christ. A spectrum of different concepts of freedom and necessity and a theological ideal of a balance between the same are outlined and then used to illumine the writers and to articulate a constructive response to the problematic.
Brandon Gallaher shows that the classical Christian understanding of God having a non-necessary relationship to the world and divine freedom being a sheer assertion of God's will must be completely rethought. Gallaher proposes a Trinitarian, Christocentric, and cruciform vision of divine freedom. God is free as eternally self-giving, self-emptying and self-receiving love. The work concludes with a contemporary theology of divine freedom founded on divine election.

Freedom and Necessity in Modern Trinitarian Theology by Brandon Gallaher was published by Oxford University Press in April 2016. The ISBN for Freedom and Necessity in Modern Trinitarian Theology is 9780198744603.

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Page last updated 1st December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherOxford University Press (April 2016)
Weight592g
Number of Pages368
Thickness23 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9780198744603
ISBN-100198744609
Product Code4366403
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