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God is not a story : realism revisited

Author: Francesca Aran Murphy
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press Oxford, 2007.
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A challenging critique of narrative theologies, including the works of George Lindbeck, Robert Jenson, and Herbert McCabe. Francesca Aran Murphy argues that the use of the concept of story or narrative in theology is circular and self-referential, and that the widespread notion that the role of the theologian is to 'tell God's story' has not helped theology to advance the reality of its doctrines. Murphy contends  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Francesca Aran Murphy
ISBN: 9780199219285 0199219281
OCLC Number: 85892383
Description: viii, 356 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : spectacle --
God is not a story --
Two types of narrative theology : story Barthianism and grammatical Thomism --
What is narrative theology? --
Some hints at an historical context for narrative theology --
Robert Jenson : story Thomism --
Why the movie parallel? --
The church as anonymous celebrity --
Introduction : who makes the church? --
Non-foundationalism --
The hermeneutics of story Barthianism --
The idea of resurrection as foundational --
The movie actor --
The movie and its audience --
Identity equated to story --
The Gospels are not codes --
If the church is everything, everything is the church --
Love makes the church --
Naming God --
Method and content --
The 'why proof' of God's existence --
Robert Jenson gets to the heart of grammatical Thomism --
The why-proof as a contingency cliff-hanger --
Naming God into existence in story-Barthian theology : hermeneutics --
'God' as one character amongst others --
On not raising the game --
From theodicy to melodrama --
An unresolved problem of evil makes life melodramatic --
First steps in characterizing melodrama --
'It is a rare melodrama that does not have a villain' --
God as villain in narrative readings of the Bible --
Melodrama : the aftermath of tragedy and of comedy --
The logical necessity of evil : story Thomism --
The unknowability of God as a methodological principle --
A Jansenist illustration of analogy --
A close run in with death --
Liberty, equality, fraternity : Jacques Louis David --
Marat transignified --
The 'why' question revisited : the ontological distinction --
Resurrection as poetic justice --
The natural desire for God : 'religation' --
An argument and the analogy of natality --
Cinematizing the trinity --
Introduction : modalism, tritheism, and psychologism --
What you see is what you get : Herbert McCabe --
Three strategies in trinitarian theology --
Trinitarian monotheism versus descriptive trinitarianism --
Why Jenson is a cinematic modalist --
God in the eye of the camera --
The cartoon trinity : digitalized relationships --
An odd definition of modalism in story Barthianism and narrative Thomism --
Monotheistic trinitarian theology --
Conclusion : a God who is love --
Futurity --
Story Thomism as apocalypticism --
A God who is love --
Truth and personality --
Dare we hope that God exists? --
From analogy to theo-drama --
The eucharistic church --
Melodrama or theo-drama --
Predestination and eschatology : 'time ... must be lived.'
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