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Veli-Matti Karkkainen: The Doctrine of God

Nevertheless, the content of the book is astonishingly wide-ranging and the chapters are well-informed. I suggest this book as a valuable alternative or complementary addition to the popular The Modern Theologians edited by David F. Ford (which is currently being revised). In contrast to many available texts, Kärkkäinen’s survey performs two invaluable services: The book manages to address culturally and theologically diverse voices of the doctrine of God in an engaging and clearly organized form. In addition, the book shows the interconnection and challenges these different views offer in dialogue with one another and with the classical debate. Kärkkäinen’s reflections on non-Western God-talk, for example, offers a fascinating appraisal of African, Asian, and Latin American theologies that are still foreign to many Western readers. The Doctrine of God offers a thorough and though-provoking starting point for anyone who wishes to engage the long, rich and diverse Christian tradition of speaking about God.

Reviewed by Wolfgang Vondey


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Category: Fall 2005, In Depth

About the Author: Wolfgang Vondey, Ph.D. (Marquette University) and M.Div. (Church of God Theological Seminary), is Reader in Contemporary Christianity and Pentecostal Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK. He is an ordained minister with the Church of God (Cleveland, TN). His research focuses on ecclesiology, pneumatology, theological method, and the intersection of theology and science.

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