The Christian Foundations seven-volume series is a comprehensive, systematic theology for the twenty-first century. Author Donald G. Bloesch contributes significantly to late modern evangelical theology, exploring what an ancient faith has to say to perplexing new times.
In each of the volumes, Bloesch begins with Scripture then proceeds to dialogue with church tradition and contemporary theology. He also gives special attention to historical background.
Faithful Discussions of the Issues Dividing the Church
Christian Foundations is focused on the work of the Spirit in renewing the church and shaping the Christian life. In doing so, the volumes highlight the issues that are dividing the church in our time.
For example, Bloesch offers fresh and faithful discussions of relativism, the present church conflict over biblical authority, fideism and rationalism, feminine-gender language for God, narrative theology, and the hermeneutical problem.
He also brings a much-needed clarity to the current Christological debate. Well apprised of the most recent developments, yet grounded in his own Reformed faith, Bloesch goes beneath current reconstructions of the Jesus of history to probe underlying issues of theological method, models of salvation, the plausibility of miracles, the language of faith, and the doctrine of sin.
Christian Foundations will be of great help to all who want to hold to orthodoxy and honestly engage contemporary thought.
About the Author:
Donald G. Bloesch (1928-2010) earned his PhD from the University of Chicago and was professor of theology emeritus at Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. He did postdoctoral work at the universities of Oxford, Tübingen, and Basel. He wrote numerous books, including Faith and Its Counterfeits, Evangelical Theology in Transition, Theological Notebook: Volume 3, Essentials of Evangelical Theology, The Future of Evangelical Christianity, The Struggle of Prayer, Spirituality Old & New, and Freedom for Obedience. He also served for a time as president of the Midwest Division of the American Theological Society.
This splendid addition to Donald Bloesch's dogmatics delineates the meaning of his 'evangelical neo-orthodoxy' for the contested, slippery question of the meaning of the church. Soaked in Scripture and the history of theology, and insightfully evaluating a variety of alternative positions, Bloesch makes a strong case for a broadly evangelical understanding of the church that remains open to the ongoing dialectic of Word and Spirit.
Ecclesiology is the cutting edge of serious theological work in the twenty-first century. And this is one of the most important books on the church to appear in several decades. As always, Bloesch is irenic yet tough minded, reformed but also catholic, steadily orthodox and vibrantly evangelical! This book ABOUT the church is a wonderful gift TO the church.
[A Theology of Word Spirit] signals the appearance of a major theology by a leading evangelical who is immensely learned in the literature of theology past and present, and fully engaged in the life of faith today. Anything but a bland proposal, it is characterized by a striking view of theological method--being an adamant defense of revelational theism over against all efforts to ground the message intellectually, independent of faith. Here is an uncompromisingly confessional theology in strongest opposition to all forms of revisionism--liberal or evangelical. I can only compare it to the systematic theology of Wolfhart Pannenberg (also now being written) alongside which it will stand as the other major alternative for evangelicals. Bloesch proves to me that the Barthian project is far from dead or lacking in scholarly vitality. A great achievement is in the making.
The refreshing character of [A Theology of Word Spirit] lies in its ethos as much as in its argument. Donald Bloesch's theology comes out of a believing heart, a lucid mind and a teacher's penchant for clarity and communication. Students of theology everywhere will profit greatly from this carefully nuanced guide through the labyrinth of contemporary theological approaches as well as the classical theological texts. Committed to the Anselmic tradition of credo ut intellagam (I believe in order to understand), Bloesch serves the evangelical world well by insisting on the central reality and authority of Jesus Christ as revealed in Word and Spirit through faith to faith. This is edifying as well as instructive reading. Few books on systematic theology leave the reader at the end, hungering for more, but this is an exception. I am left eagerly awaiting the next volume.
Donald Bloesch's proposed seven-volume systematic theology may well become the evangelical summa of the twentieth century. This first volume demonstrates again the qualities characteristic of his many earlier works: an impressive blend of learning and lucidity, a prophetic forthrightness with a concern for the church and its mission. A Theology of Word Spirit is the impressive beginning of what will be a prodigious achievement.