Systematic Theology, Vol. 2: The Works of God: Works of God Vol 2 Paperback – 3 May 2001
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in Robert Jenson the church has a most creative and thoughtful advocate. (Eric G.Flett, Themelios Vol 26:2)
Robert Jenson ... has produced an extremely readable and stimulating systematics ... Jenson forces his readers to think and makes it a pleasure to do so. Jenson covers a great deal of landscape in The Works of God and though his breadth of learning is everywhere present it is not pretentious ... Jenson moves between ecclesial traditions and academic disciplines with both ease and clarity and doe so in such a way that the issue under consideration is illumined rather than obscured ... an example of how theology should be written. (Eric G.Flett, Themelios Vol 26:2)
Jenson's work deserves a wide audience and careful reception. He has a very keen eye for presenting the 'real issue' at the heart of theological questions that have become silted with confusion and in that his presentation of the Faith has real pedagogic value. (David Moss, Reviews in Religion and Theology)
We owe Robert Jenson a debt of gratitude for this sound and engaging rehearsal of the Christian faith. (David Moss, Reviews in Religion and Theology)
straighforwardly theological ... Jenson is quite insightful in his treatement of creation and the human persona s well as his handling of eschatology, but he is at his best when examining all of the various issues surrounding ecclesiology. He masterfully weaves his way through such topics as the church as the body of Christ, the people of God and the communion of believers; the nature and role of the episcopacy and hierachy, and the centrality of the sacraments, especially the eucharist ... Jenson manifests both his extensive knowledge of the ecumenical scene, and his ability to offer insights that further an ecumenical consensus. (Thomas Weinandy, The Expository Times, June 2000.)
an insightful and creative contribution to the contemporary theological enterprise. (Thomas Weinandy, The Expository Times, June 2000.)
About the Author
Robert W. Jenson is at Princeton University.
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VOLUME II of Jenson’s systematic theology depends very much on fully understanding volume I and the concept of “Ousia-tri-mutual-space”. Without this understanding, you will simply miss many of the finer points. Basically Jenson has presented his systematic theology as an expansion of two doctrines: volume one: doctrine of god; volume two: doctrine of creation.
Remember; Jenson prepared us for volume two, by writing a lesson in “transcendental epistemology” at the end of volume one. I will give you a brief running order of his view on Creation through listing his “sub-topics”, within the doctrine of creation:
1. The “internal-rhythms” of creation, within the father. Pp. 1-13
2. The 4 additional rhythms of “speech-act” , as son pp. 1-23
3. The 3 additional rhythms of “purdurance”, as spirit pp. 1-33
4. Eternity-as-distention; time-as-extension pp. 34-44
5. The concept of “space” as “consciousness” pp. 44-54
6. The “antiphony-of-logos” pp. 54-64
7. “faith”, exclusively from John’s gospel pp. 63-73
8. Transitioning to “political-theology” pp. 74-84
9. Kant’s “transcendental-perspective”; Phronesis pp. 95-105
BREAK: Ecclesiology is inserted at 140 pages: pp. 167-307 (Think of it as Volume 3 of his theology)
10. Incarnating “promise” through “interpretation” pp. 309-319
11. “judgment”, as “concert-of-grace” pp. 322-332
12. “rapture” as “actualized-antinomy” pp. 332-342
13. the "Eschaton" and "Perfection of Gnosis" pp. 341-351
14. the concept of "Ouranos" pp. 351-361
I find it impossible to compare the two volumes; they are both superb “celebrations-of-theology”. I truly enjoyed this 2nd volume; but especially because I fully internalized the “first”.
Take your time; patiently explore the concepts that are not always fully explained (yes; a little extra vocabulary work is necessary); and then you will be fully enabled through the volume to refine your own thought concerning systematic theology.
Absolutely superb volume; or I should say “two-volume-set”. “5” stars certainly.
THE FREE 140 PAGE BOOK LOCATED INSIDE VOLUME TWO:
Within this volume you will also receive a 140 page “ECCLESIOLOGY”, which is masterfully done, and makes Ecclesiology interesting: here are the topics articulated:
1. Originary foundation of the church 167-177
2. Doctrine of PENTECOST 177-187
3. Doctrine of AARABON-BAPTISM 189-199
4. PROPHESY-PEACE-POLITY 200-210
5. Doctrine of COMMUNION 211-221
6. Modalities of COMMUNION 220-230
7. Doctrine of SUNORIA-SPACE 250-260
8. Doctrine of LOGOS-WORD-EVENT 270=280
9. Doctrine of JUSTIFICATION 289-305
A total of nine lessons of sheer brilliance for Ecclesiology. I’ve never enjoyed Ecclesiology this much. True breaking of “new linguistic-ground” makes this an exciting free book. Enjoy to your 5-star contentment.
His theme is the identity of God in the narrative of Israel. It's a strong theme and more often than not, he is successful in anchoring his loci in this theme. While the chapter on Scripture was weak, his narrative-theme does provide the ground for helpful reflection on the nature of canonization.Humor: He is savagely funny. He never fails to ridicule the NRSV translation. Great chapter on sexual ethics and the nature of polity. Fairly decent chapter on anthropology. He notes the inherent problems in Rome, the East, and in some inadequate Reformed responses.
He adopts Barth's view of election. That is not my specific critique. Others have given better critiques of Barth on that point, so I refer you to them (e.g., Horton). My problem is that his chapter on anthropology (where he basically summarizes Luther's Bondage of the Will) seems inconsistent with his chapter on Election. The chapter on justification was plain bad. It was so bad it seemed like a good chapter on sanctification. I am less optimistic that the Finnish Interpretation of Luther really works.
The chapter on church government, while helpful in pointing out to the East where they evolved on some points, basically argues that we need a monarchical patriarch to establish unity. He is aware that V1 made papal infallibility a condition for individual salvation (or damnation), and he admits he is uncomfortable with this language (!), but like other ecumenicists, he does not realize that Rome--even with the liberal pope today--will never budge on this point.
Flirts with universalism. To be fair, he doesn't affirm it but you can tell he really wants to.
Horton has given other critiques of Jenson on these points, so I refer you to them (cf Lord and Servant: A Covenant Christology and Covenant and Salvation: Union with Christ, esp. pp. 153ff, 174-176,
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