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God—The World's Future: Systematic Theology for a New Era, Third Edition

Author: 
Ted Peters (Author)
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God—The World’s Future has been a proven textbook in systematic theology for over twenty years. Thoroughly revised and expanded, this third edition is explicitly crafted to address our postmodern context and explains the whole body of Christian historical doctrine from within a “proleptic” framework. Peters skillfully deploys this concept not only to organize the various theological areas or loci but also to rethink doctrines in light of key postmodern challenges from ecumenism, critical historical thinking, contemporary science, and gender and sexuality issues.

ISBN: 
9781451482225
Price: 
$49.00
Release date: 
August 1, 2015
Pages: 
826
Width: 
6
Height: 
9

Endorsements

"Unlike with most other textbooks, each subsequent edition of this widely used manual by professor Ted Peters seeks to re-assess and renew its approach to best follow the changing age and culture of our times. That reconceiving, however, is not done uncritically nor without a careful reflection.  On the contrary, while listening keenly to various "post-modern" voices and impulses, it also holds tightly to the best of the "pre-modern" tradition and wisdom of the church. This makes living and dynamic theology - a feast for the beginners and masters alike!"
—Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen
University of Helsinki, Finland

"God—The World’s Future is a knowledgeable, relevant, and even inspiring theological text. Ted Peters situates theological reflection within the sweep of classical theological debates and alternatives. He simultaneously engages issues raised by contemporary theological challenges and welcomes science as a significant dialogue partner for theological wonder. The book turns our theological gaze toward a hope-filled future, as the proleptic character of the book emerges. Peters’ book is quite useful as a textbook, and I have recommended previous editions to other faculty."
—Nancy Howell
Saint Paul School of Theology

"This new edition of Peters book demonstrates even more clearly the service he has done for those working in theological education. Peters challenges what normally divides the academy by his accessible, sensitive and engaging account. One particular feature of this book that is especially useful in teaching contexts is his attention to method and contemporary philosophical contexts, so taking both postmodernity and science with a seriousness that they deserve. At the same time Peters’ original concept of proleptic co-creation is deeply theological and resonates to some extent with the work of Jürgen Moltmann. 

The two new chapters in this edition add important insights, first a careful and comparative discussion of Lutheran theory of justification, second an original astrotheology that specifically engages new and challenging issues emerging in contemporary cosmological sciences. This work will inspire those seeking a rich theological meaning for Christian symbols and ways of being in the world, skillfully warding off challenges from different perspectives while being sensitive to their insights. He argues that the cosmic context that astrobiology articulates can be paralleled by a similarly cosmic astrotheology. I appreciated particularly the verve, insight and careful attention to scientific literature, making this book not only theologically rich, but also informed by current debates in science."
—Celia Deane-Drummond
University of Notre Dame

"God—The World's Future is one of the best systematic theology textbooks that have ever been written. It is biblical, concise, profound, futuristic, resourceful, innovative, ever-refreshing, and relevantly postmodern. Peters speaks to the evangelical and the progressive."
—Andrew S. Park
United Theological Seminary

"This third edition of God—the World’s Future continues Ted Peters’s commitment to ecumenics by artfully applying proleptic theological methodology in innovative ways not only in the revised chapters but also in the new chapters that address justification (Ch. 8), which examines how major Christian churches interpret God’s saving work, and astrotheology (Ch. 13), which focuses on the doctrines of creation and Christology with attention to the immensity of the cosmos. This skillfully crafted book deserves a wide readership."
—Anne M. Clifford
Iowa State University

"In this third edition of his widely-read systematic theology, Ted Peters expands on his project of interpreting Christian faith from within our modern and postmodern context. Engaging this century’s culture-shaping forces—from post-institutional spirituality and expressions of atheism to new technologies, religious violence, and ecological awareness—this book will be of interest to anyone seeking to understand more fully the import of the gospel, the story of Jesus told in its significance, for the multiple dimensions of our complex and often complicated lives."
—Lois Malcolm
Luther Seminary

"Revised and expanded for a new generation of students, God—The World’s Future remains the best one-volume systematic theology textbook on the market today. Peters’s proleptic explication of the gospel continues to offer a compelling theological method for an increasingly globalized and postmodern context. Erudite yet accessible, this edition will be used in my courses for many years to come."
—Cheryl Peterson
Trinity Lutheran Seminary