Colin Gunton and the Failure of Augustine: The Theology of Colin Gunton in the Light of Augustine (Paperback)Bradley G. Green (author)
Paperback 236 Pages / Published: 26/01/2012
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Bradley G. Green's close reading of Augustine challenges Colin Gunton's argument that Augustine bequeathed to the West a theological tradition with serious deficiencies. According to Gunton, Augustine's particular construal of the doctrine of God led to fundamental problems in the relationship between creation and redemption. However, Green persuasively argues that Augustine did not sever the link between creation and redemption, but rather affirmed that the created order is a means of genuine knowledge of God by which redemption is accomplished. Green suggests the prominent role this relationship plays in Augustine's doctrines of man and God, provides the kind of relational Christian ontology that Gunton sought. In short, Augustine could have provided Gunton with fundamental theological resources in countering the modernity he so rightly challenged.
Publisher: James Clarke & Co Ltd
Number of pages: 236
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 229 x 153 x 14 mm
' Bradley G. Green's book presents a picture of Augustine as an ally and resource to Gunton's trinitarian theology of creation, "a renewed theological vision of truth that does justice to the concerns of modernity and offers a way forward that is free of some of the weaknesses of the Western tradition." (p. 7) [...] Green's book is an instructive reading and a serious accomplishment in the art of theological conversation with the Church Fathers and Mothers. ' Alfred H. Yuen in Journal of Theological Studies, Vol. 63 (2), October 2012 'Green's study shows that thinking of the founders of the Christian doctrine, like Augustine, and their critics in the twentieth century, like Gunton, is relevant for the contemporary discourse and we - although we may not always agree with them- time and again should enter into dialogue with them.' Anthony Dupont, Tijdschrift voor Theologie, 52:2. 2012 '...Challenges the late Colin Gunton's argument that Augustine bequeathed to the West a theological tradition with serious deficiencies...' Lewis Ayres, Vigiliae Christianae 66, (2012) . 'Bradley G. Green challenges what he argues are misguided reading of Augustine, which are found in some interpretations of the divide between Western and Eastern theologies.' Church Times, 13 September 2013
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