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Rock of ages? : the changing faces of the Christian God

Author: John R Butler
Publisher: Cambridge : Lutterworth Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Far from being the immutable 'Rock of Ages' He is often assumed to be, the God of Christian history and tradition has had many different and often conflicting faces. Rock of Ages? opens with the emergence of the biblical God from the pantheon of deities in bronze age Canaan, and culminates in the radical images of God that were appearing at the end of the twentieth-century, providing a historical overview of the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John R Butler
ISBN: 9780718892968 0718892968
OCLC Number: 826658951
Description: 235 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The origins of the Gods --
The God of Israel --
The God of laws and Psalms --
The God of messianic expectation --
The God of the Damascus Road --
The God who came to earth --
The God of dogma and heresy --
The God of creeds --
The God of selective grace --
The God of medieval scholasticism --
The God of reason and revelation --
The God of the reformers --
The God of predestination --
The God of prevenient grace --
The God of the gaps --
The God for enlightened times --
The God who warms the heart --
The God who was fading away --
The God of the liberals --
The God of the fundamentalists --
The God of neo-orthodoxy --
The God of silence and suffering --
The God for the twentieth century --
The God of the past and the God of the future.
Responsibility: John Butler.

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A compelling historical and intellectual exploration of how the idea of the Christian God has changed and evolved over the millennia, showing a surprising diversity in what Christians have believed  Read more...

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