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The transforming God [Paperback]

By Tyron L. Inbody (Author)
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This book offers a bold new approach to the theological interpretation of human suffering. Beginning with a description of suffering and evil as religious problems, Inbody moves to a critique of the all-loving and omnipotent deity in classical theism, concluding with a radical interpretation of the Christian God as a vulnerable, transforming God.

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Theologian Tyron Inbody suggests a new understanding of God in this highly accessible introduction to Christian perspectives of suffering and evil. Interpreting suffering and evil as religious problems, Inbody analyzes and assesses the notion of an all-loving and omnipotent Deity found in classical theism. He concludes with a radical reinterpretation of the Christian Deity as a vulnerable, transforming God, one recognized by both process and Trinitarian theology.

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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   233
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.97" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.75"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 1997
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  0664257119  
ISBN13  9780664257118  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Tyron L. Inbody is the author of "The Transforming God: An Interpretation of Suffering and Evil" and "The Many Faces of Christology". He has taught courses in theology at United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio.

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Keep your dictionary close by  Mar 3, 2008
This book is a text book and not for the beginner! A group of us are reading it with the guidance of a pastor, and it is still very intellectual. The conversation it has evoked in our group is wonderful; and we are all anxious to meet the author next week. We have all grown from this experience, but don't try it alone unless you have some serious theology knowledge or a open-minded pastor to discuss it with.
A Partially Adequate Theodicy  Feb 19, 2005
Inbody does a very good job getting the reader to gain an appreciation of the kinds and magnitude of suffering in the world that challenge one common understanding of a theistic God. Because he is developing a text book for theodicy, there is good coverage of alternative perspectives, especially the process view.

What I found disappointing is that his proposal for the transforming, trinitarian God was not 'abused' like the theistic model. He cautions against using his position inappropriately, but does not apply the same standard to the theistic position. Accepting an earlier reviewer's comment, Inbody could simply have run out of space to develop his proposal more completely and make it more robust.

In addition Inbody doesn't really give sufficient attention to the limitations of the process God which can lead to a depressing acceptance of radical evil or focus on a transcendent pole of God. The latter simply resurfaces the theistic God problem. Overall, Inbody points in a good direction away from a static, remote, uncaused first cause of Greek philosophy, but doesn't flush out his alternative well enough against the objections he raises.
An adequate theodicy amidst numerous inadequate ones  Dec 3, 1998
The radical suffering of both individuals and groups has become a major preoccupation for many sensitive people. The experience of radical suffering, coupled with the notion that God is both omnipotent and omnibenevolent, provides the basis for the problem of evil. When considering the problem in The Transforming God: An Interpretation of Suffering and Evil, Tyron L. Inbody suggests that a reconception of divine power is necessary if an adequate theodicy is to be constructed. A reconception is necessary not only to escape the temptation to worship abusive power but, perhaps more important, so that contemporaries may find, formulate, respond to, depend on, and celebrate a power of creation, redemption, and transformation in the midst of radical suffering. This book is an important contribution to the literature of theodicy. It will be especially helpful for those who intend to assume positions of leadership in the Christian tradition because it guides readers through a myriad of possible theodicies revealing each one's strengths and weaknesses. Inbody notes that his reflection and preparation for this book was shaped by discussions with the seminarians he teaches. This helps explain why the book is much more accessible than many scholarly books -- even when the author wrestles through the complex arguments offered by various philosophers of religion. For these and other reasons, The Transforming God should assume a prominent place among texts to be read by those -- whether seminarians, pastors, college students, or laypersons -- who grapple with radical suffering and the problem of evil. The theodicy outlined here is an adequate one amidst, as the author reveals in his exploration of them, numerous inadequate ones. Thomas Jay Oord
Great intro to the theodicy (evil) problem  Aug 26, 1998
I used this book in a seminary class on theodicy along with two other books. By far, Inbody does the best job at presenting the many ways to look at evil in God's creation. Especially interesting was how the book takes views of evil and demonstrates how this defines our view of God. Some of the definitions were uncomfortable at best and really made me think about my belief in an all-knowing, all-powerful God. A definite weakness is the abrupt movement to the concluding chapter (the author told me his editor cut out the next-to-last chapter to make the book shorter). Inbody is definately coming from a process theology view in this book, but does so in a wonderful, fair, and comprehansive way. It's the first time I really saw much value in process theology.

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