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The domestication of transcendence: how modern thinking about God went wrong

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      Louisville, Ky. : Westminster John Knox Press, c1996. 1st ed.
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    • Abstract:
      William Placher looks at "classical" Christian theology (Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Martin Luther) and contrasts it with the Christian discourse about God that evolved in the seventeenth century. In particular, he deals with the notion of transcendence that gained prominence in this era and its impact on modern theology and modern thinking today. He persuasively argues that useful lessons can be drawn from premodern thinking about God, especially when viewed within the context of contemporary objections to it. This reexamination, according to Placher, has practical and profound implications for modern theology.
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      Introduction : theology and modernity -- Three premodern theologies -- Aquinas on the unknowable God -- Luther, the cross, and the hidden God -- Calvin's rhetoric of faith -- Modern turn : God -- Domestication of God -- Domestication of grace -- Modern turn : God and the world -- Nearer that we are to ourselves -- Where God is and what God does : some modern problems -- Grace and works in modern thought -- Marginalization of the Trinity -- Some critical retrievals -- Image of the invisible God -- Evil and divine transcendence.
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      Includes bibliographical references and index.
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