Category Archives: Theology

Soulen-the gospel as Plan A

I am finishing up The God of Israel and Christian Theology.  R. Kendall Soulen offers an alternative to what he calls the standard model of the Christian good news. That standard model has been stated in many ways. Evangelists usually … Continue reading

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Soulen–Karl Rahner’s existential toward God

The book I am blogging about is The God of Israel and Christian Theology. Here R. Kendall Soulen sees in Karl Rahner’s concept of the “supernatural existential” a way forward toward a better way of telling the Christian story. Because … Continue reading

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Soulen-Egypt and all nations

R. Kendall Soulen in The God of Israel and Christian Theology gives us some biblical interpretation worth pondering. To restate something I have already covered, he says that the theme of creation is blessing. God created us to spread his … Continue reading

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Soulen-clearing the way for a better story

After a couple of days thinking about the fatal event that happened in Pittsburgh on Saturday, I return to R. Kendall Soulen’s The God of Israel and Christian Theology. Three theologians feature in Soulen’s attempt to reinterpret the Christian gospel. … Continue reading

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Soulen-blessing through others

The story Christians tell is often one that moves from the brokenness of sin and separation from God to redemption and reconciliation. It is like the story a recovering alcoholic may tell of reaching rock bottom and then recovering. Or … Continue reading

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Soulen-fixing the story we tell

In The God of Israel and Christian Theology, R. Kendall Soulen proposes an alternative to the standard story Christian theologians have told since the 2nd century. In a short chapter, he tells us what the rest of the book will … Continue reading

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Soulen-the inward quest of Kant and Schleiermacher

Beginning with the church fathers, the standard canonical narrative told a story that displaced Israel.  However, the God of Israel as portrayed in the Hebrew Scriptures still strongly influenced Christian theology. The rationalist turn in modern theology, especially in Germany, … Continue reading

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