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Systematic Theology: Volume 1: The Triune God (Vol 1) [Hardcover]

By Robert W. Jenson (Author)
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The full systematic theology which Jensen begins with The Triune God: Systematic Theology I promises to be the capstone of his long and distinguished career as a theologian. Jensen begins this first of two volumes with an extended discussion of the nature and norms of theology. He then devotes the bulk of the volume to the identity and being of the biblical God, including classic christological and soteriological questions most systems take up elsewhere.

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The Triune God, together with the forthcoming second volume, The Works of God, develops a compendious statement of Christian theology in the tradition of a medieval summa, or of such modern works as those of Schleiermacher and Barth. Theology, as it is understood here, is the Christian church's continuing discourse concerning her specific communal purpose; it is the hermeneutic and critical reflection internal to the church's task of speaking the gospel, to the world as message and to God in petition and praise. This volume and its successor are thus dedicated to the service of the one church of the creeds; it is for no particular denomination or confession.

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Studio: Oxford University Press, USA
Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.46" Width: 6.16" Height: 0.89"
Weight:   1.34 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 1, 1997
Publisher   Oxford University Press
ISBN  0195086481  
ISBN13  9780195086485  

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Robert W. Jenson Robert W. Jenson is an American Lutheran systematic theologian and Professor Emeritus of Religion at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. Currently he is a professor of religion at the Center for Theological Inquiry at Princeton Theological Seminary.

Jenson attended Luther College and Luther Seminary. Between his years as a college student and a seminarian, he studied philosophy in Paris as a Fulbright scholar. At Luther Seminary Jenson was assistant to the famous Orthodox Lutheran theologian, Herman Preus. Preus infused with Jenson a strong belief in Orthodox Lutheran understanding of predestination. Against the majority of the staff at Luther Seminary at that time, who believed that God merely foreknew who would have faith and who not, Preus held that God had decreed the salvation of a definite number of the elect, without a decree of reprobation.

Later Jenson went to Heidelberg where he became familiar with the theology of Karl Barth, and, under the supervision of Peter Brunner, he wrote his doctoral dissertation on Barth's doctrine of election. Jenson then began teaching at Luther College, where he continued to study Barth and also became increasingly interested in the philosophy of Hegel. The staff of the Religion Department at Luther College grew impatient with his teaching and charged him with teaching heresy. They threatened to resign if Jenson was not fired, but the college's president supported Jenson, and several professors subsequently left the college.

Throughout this period he became increasingly interested in ecumenical theology, and in the 1980s and 1990s his theology moved in a progressively Catholic and ecumenical direction. With Braaten he founded the Center for Catholic and Evangelical Theology. The Centre publishes the journal Pro Ecclesia, and it has produced several books on ecumenical theology.

Robert W. Jenson currently resides in Princeton, in the state of New Jersey. Robert W. Jenson has an academic affiliation as follows - Princeton University.

Robert W. Jenson has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching
  2. Interpretation: Resources for the Use of Scripture in the Church
  3. Systematic Theology
  4. Systematic Theology (Oxford Hardcover)

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Reviews - What do customers think about Systematic Theology: Volume 1: The Triune God (Vol 1)?

Outstanding  Mar 7, 2003
Jenson's work is truly an originaly approach to theology that attempts to completely shrug off the vesitges of Greek thinking. He continually hammers away at the concepts of an immutable God, even questioning sacred cows such as Chalcedon - yet in doing so is able to remain entirely orthodox.

This is an example of theology that truly takes a narrative appraoch to scripture - move heralded by such earlier theologians as Hans Frei.

A warning to new theologians: this is no easy read! Jenson's systematic thoelogy is jam-packed with philosophy and intellectual gymnastics that makes theology breakthtaking and exciting.

Read and enjoy!

America's Finest Theologian  Feb 28, 2003
At a lecture in Chicago, Wolfhart Pannenberg pointed to a man in the audience and announced that the gentleman was the finest systematic theologian in the United States. That man was Robert W. Jenson. Jenson is not an easy theologian to read. His writing style is unique. His erudition overwhelming. His commitment to a catholic presentation of the Christian faith is emphatic; but he is also creative and original. What is perhaps most refreshing about Jenson is his refusal to surrender to the ideologies and fashions of the day. I have been reading Jenson's works for the past twenty years, and he remains one of the most intellectually exciting theologians that I know.

If you want to understand Jenson, you must understand that that he truly believes that Jesus of Nazareth is the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, that the historical man Jesus is constitutive for the identity of God.

Few will agree with Jenson at all points; but all will be creatively challenged by him.

Jenson is sometimes compared to Moltmann. Moltmann is of course far more popular; but he cannot hold a candle to Jenson's erudition, originality, and creativity.

This volume in particular is profitably read in conversation with the first two volumes of Wolfhart Pannenberg's *Systematic Theology*.

Whether you are Protestant, Catholic, or Orthodox, read and learn. Your mind and soul will be sanctified.

Listening In - Hearing the Gospel in Robert Jenson  Mar 16, 2001
Robert Jenson's systematics are just that: systematic. They are not for those American who are not willing to enter into his efforts and categories. (If you are struggling with him and believe he is only hampering your efforts toward the Triune Creator (if that's possible) then start with his "Story and Promise"). Anyway, these two volumes are the great work of a rare breed here in the states. The attention and work is so good that he has already inspired the reaction from scholars all over the world (see "Trinity, Time, and Church"). Jenson continues expressing the dialogical foundations of theological reflection and exercise so apparent in the work of Karl Barth. In a land so theologically and systematically empty the long fought meditations, reflections and articulations of this great theologian may just be the very hope for the church in America. Robert W. Jenson, in the words of his great father Martin Luther, is a true bulwark. I hope people are listening.
an extraordinary work  May 19, 2000
The review of Jenson's text by "a customer from St. Paul" ought to be a sure indication that such reviews are both useless and insulting. this site ought to remove them. Jenson's text--for anyone not burdened by an "almost M.Div."--is brilliant and a joy to read.
dry and academic  Apr 11, 2000
Jensen takes the difficult subject of systematic theology and makes it unreadable. Jensen uses Latin and German expressions without translation. He makes citations and references without explaining them. I have a bachelors and will have my M.Div within two months, but this book was still tough, tough reading for me.

But after much struggle, I think I got most of his points. And I didn't like them. Jensen puts God out there, and to a great extent, unknowable. I think that Augustine had it right when he said that theology was faith seeking understanding. Jensen does not seek to understand God so that we can be closer to him, he puts another barrier between us and God. This is a dry academic discussion about God that is utterly removed from the one who came to Earth to save us all. The only reason I didn't give it a lower rating was because the scale didn't go any lower.


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