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No One Like Him: The Doctrine Of God (Foundations [Hardcover]

By John S. Feinberg (Author), John S. Feinberg (Editor) & Harold O. Brown (Foreword by)
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Many contemporary theologians claim that the classical picture of God painted by Augustine and Aquinas is both outmoded and unbiblical. But rather than abandoning the traditional view completely, John Feinberg seeks a reconstructed model--one that reflects the ongoing advances in human understanding of God's revelation while recognizing the unchanging nature of God and His Word. Feinberg begins by exploring the contemporary concepts of God, particularly the openness and process views, and then studies God's being, nature, and acts--all to articulate a mediating understanding of God not just as the King, but the King who cares!

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Many contemporary theologians claim that the classical picture of God painted by Augustine and Aquinas is both outmoded and unbiblical. But rather than abandoning the traditional view completely, John Feinberg seeks a reconstructed model--one that reflects the ongoing advances in human understanding of God's revelation while recognizing the unchanging nature of God and His Word. Feinberg begins by exploring the contemporary concepts of God, particularly the openness and process views, and then studies God's being, nature, and acts--all to articulate a mediating understanding of God not just as the King, but the King who cares

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Studio: Crossway Books
Pages   880
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.34" Height: 2"
Weight:   2.8 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 26, 2006
Publisher   GOOD NEWS PUBLISHING #65
Series  Foundations of Evangelical Theology  
ISBN  1581348118  
ISBN13  9781581348118  


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John S. Feinberg (PhD, University of Chicago) is department chair and professor of biblical and systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of Ethics for a Brave New World (with Paul D. Feinberg) and is general editor of Crossway's Foundations of Evangelical Theology series.

PAUL D. FEINBERG (ThD, Dallas Theological Seminary) was professor of biblical and systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He passed away in 2004.



John S. Feinberg currently resides in the state of Illinois. John S. Feinberg was born in 1946.

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Terrific Discussion About God  Dec 14, 2006
This book really fed me and strengthened my faith. John Feinberg presents God as the King who cares, taking a mediating position between classical theism and process theism.

Feinberg surveys the historic and contemporary understandings of who or what God has been thought to be. He discusses the theology of Paul Tillich, Karl Barth, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Immanuel Kant, Albert Ritschl, Hegel, and others. There is also a candid and clear interaction with modernity and postmodernity.

He also surveys the ontological, teleological and cosmological arguments for the existence of God. He also surveys the doctrine of the Trinity, and adds to the discussion of the relationship of God to the problem of evil.

The Openness of God has been highly debated in evangelical circles, so Feinberg has a lengthy discussion of this theology. He also discusses the relationship of God to the theory of evolution.

Feinberg writes in a wonderfully engaging way, and he always shows the utmost respect for the positions he critiques. I loved how it wasn't over my head, and he argues strenuously and persuasively for his own understanding of God. This is an instant classic in evangelical thought. Both lay people and clergy will be highly blessed by this book.
 
A Flawed Gem  Aug 17, 2003
The King who cares. This is the appellation given by Feinberg to God at the beginning of his monumental tome. He argues that this is a necessary response to the concerns raised by both Openness and Process Theology and rightly so. The distant, impassive God of much classical Christian Theology has little appeal to today's relational culture. A theology which features an immanent, caring God while remaining thoroughly orthodox is much needed.

Unfortunately this book fails to deliver. Part way through, Feinberg begins addressing topics which have a direct bearing on the classic Calvinist-Arminian debate and from that point on things start to unravel. Zealous to defend his own brand of moderate Calvinism, Feinberg loses sight of his "King who cares" motif and instead paints a picture of God that is not significantly different from every other Calvinist theology on the market. Since this is, in large part, exactly what Openness and Process theologians were reacting against in the first place, it is difficult to see how this adds anything useful to the debate.

Feinberg is at his weakest when analyzing the arguments for and against a given position. This is not due solely to the occasional less-than-even-handed way he deals with positions he does not agree with, but also to his somewhat clunky prose.

His handling of Biblical evidence is also irritating. While it is important, even paramount, to assess the Biblical data on a given subject, those sections of the book seem to be assembled with a concordance and a handy suply of conjunctions with little thought put into the arrangement of the evidence.

Still, there are moments of brilliance. Feinberg's exposition of the various ideas and the history behind them is handled with all the skill of a natural born teacher. This alone would make the read worthwhile. In addition to that, however, the number and diversity of the sources he assembles is impressive and makes this book a perfect jumping-off point for anyone interested in learning more about the subject.

 
Excellent Contemporary Statement of Evangelical Theology  Oct 13, 2002
No One Like Him is the most comprehensive and contemporary work currently available in Evangelical (systematic) theology proper. The author, Dr John Feinberg, Chairman and Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (and my doctoral advisor), not only brings readers into contact with the core historical positions grounding evangelical theology, but significantly emphasizes more contemporary questions within evangelical theology including the perspectives of divine temporality and process theology, both issues regarding which Feinberg has published major previous works. This may very well be the most thorough and current work dealing with the increasingly popular Process Theology from an Evangelical Perspective.

This massive 800 page theology text treats thoroughly the 'Being and Nature of God' and 'Acts of God', as well as humanity's 'Concepts of God' wherein trends in contemporary **thought** are analysed and evaluated. If you want to swim in the deep end with a trusted instructor, I thoroughly recommend this text.

This volume is one of 10 planned for the 'Foundations of Evangelical Theology' series. Future contributing authors will include Bruce Demarest, David C Clark, Kevin Van Hoozer, and Walter Kaiser.

Happy reading. Happy Learning. Happy thinking.

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the very best of systematic theology  Nov 30, 2001
I am halfway through reading this book and I am very impressed with it. Feinberg gives you a paronamic view of the concepts of God through many centuries and philosophies...he gives much depth and thought to it. This is an excellent reference source for theology proper
 
One of the Best Theology Proper Texts Available  Sep 4, 2001
I bought this book at John Piper's Church over the Labor Day weekend and have already read 1/3 of the book. Having had a Theology Proper course at Southern Evangelical Seminary, and using Charnock's book "The Existence and Attributes of God," I can safely say that Feinberg's book is definitely more comprehensive in its content.

John Feinberg has written a massive volume which is so detailed and precise, that he even includes a chapter on Process and Open theology (thus it is also up to date on current theological trends).

Feinberg also includes a very comprehensive chapter called "God, Time, and Eternity." In this chapter, Feinberg handles some very difficult philosophical issues in a such a way that most every reader (even if you do not have a background in the issues) should be able to comprehend the content. Current trends in the issues of God and Time are covered, along with discussions of top notch philosophers of religion such as Eleonore Stump, Norman Kretzmann, Paul Helm, Nelson Pike, Brian Leftow, William Hasker, Anthony Kenny, and Thomas Morris. Moreover, this chapter, of course, discusses the views of the classical philosopher's and theologians as well (i.e. Anslem, Augustine, Aquinas, Boethius, etc.)

This massive volume details the existence, attributes, nature, decrees, acts, and foreknowledge of God. These issues are not lightly discussed. Rather Feinberg painstakingly takes his reader into territory where the average reader may have not thought to explore. Thus, Feinberg not only guides his reader into deeper thinking but he also guides his reader into areas which might have been ignored by some readers because the content seemed daunting. However, Feinberg's text is simple and yet scholarly enough to reach a very broad audience.

I am absolutely amazed at the detail, content, and scope of this book. I am also amazed at the caliber of writing which is exhibited in these 879 pages. This is a lifetime of hard work which is well worth [...] price [....] The only downfall, which I have noticed so far, is in the content which covers the various views on God's foreknowledge and future contingents. When Feinberg deals with the views of Molina, Suarez, and Banez (esp. Molina) he uses and cites secondary sources only. In other words, when he is discussing Molina's views, he quotes from William Lane Craig, or some other contemporary Molinist, instead of quoting directly from Molina. While this is not necessarily bad, it does seem to deter from "original" scholarship by missing what Molina (or Suarez etc.) had to say themselves.

Nonetheless, if you are wanting a very detailed theology proper text, which is well written and well researched, then aside from Charnock's text, this is the best I have seen in print!!! I highly recommend this book!!

 

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