Ben Quash

in The Oxford Handbook of Systematic Theology

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780199245765
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology


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How is it possible to give appropriate expression to the being of God, who is transcendent, incomprehensible, and hidden? How is it possible even to refer to this God without delusion or projection? The doctrine of revelation is how Christian theology explores these questions. This article aims to investigate both the legitimacy and sharpness of the question. In revelation, Christian theologians tend to argue that it is God who enables this depiction of what is there in a new way. The discussion traces various ways in which this insight is being responded to in modern theology. The reductionist tendency veers towards the idea that God's self-disclosure is perceptible in principle to all people. The positivist tendency veers towards the idea that it is not perceptible at all, except by an act of God that must in some way overcome normal rational faculties and regular experience of people in the world.

Keywords: Christian theology; revelation; transcendence; modern theology; God's self-disclosure

Article.  9554 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Philosophy of Religion

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