Book Review: Radicalism in a Sheltered Religious Situation

Book Review: Radicalism in a Sheltered Religious Situation Major Book Reviews Interpretation the authentication of the vocation of the apostles and the church. To single out of this complex amalgam the bodily component is to distort and even to destroy the thrust of Luke's witness. The motivations and meanings of the resurrection narratives are quite different from those of the infancy stories. In both cases, however, there are profound messages to which historians and dogmaticians will be deaf so long as we are content with conventional definitions of the problems provoked by the use of those stories in the modem world. If we accept the conventional questions, we can­ not fault Brown's treatment of them; yet the limited character of his conclusions discloses the need for better questions. What is at stake? More than minor improve­ ments in methodology. More than the historicity of selected events or the reliability of selected doctrines. Nothing less than the power of the gospel to transform our minds and to liberate both historian and theologian from our various captivities. RADICALISM IN A SHELTERED RELIGIOUS SITUATION The Human Face of God, by JOHN A. T. ROBINSON. Philadelphia, The Westminster Press, 1973.·244 pp. $7.95. Reviewed by ROBERT W. JENSON, professor of systematic theology, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and Theology SAGE

Book Review: Radicalism in a Sheltered Religious Situation

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SAGE Publications
Copyright
© Union Presbyterian Seminary
ISSN
0020-9643
eISSN
2159-340X
D.O.I.
10.1177/002096437402800409
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Abstract

Major Book Reviews Interpretation the authentication of the vocation of the apostles and the church. To single out of this complex amalgam the bodily component is to distort and even to destroy the thrust of Luke's witness. The motivations and meanings of the resurrection narratives are quite different from those of the infancy stories. In both cases, however, there are profound messages to which historians and dogmaticians will be deaf so long as we are content with conventional definitions of the problems provoked by the use of those stories in the modem world. If we accept the conventional questions, we can­ not fault Brown's treatment of them; yet the limited character of his conclusions discloses the need for better questions. What is at stake? More than minor improve­ ments in methodology. More than the historicity of selected events or the reliability of selected doctrines. Nothing less than the power of the gospel to transform our minds and to liberate both historian and theologian from our various captivities. RADICALISM IN A SHELTERED RELIGIOUS SITUATION The Human Face of God, by JOHN A. T. ROBINSON. Philadelphia, The Westminster Press, 1973.·244 pp. $7.95. Reviewed by ROBERT W. JENSON, professor of systematic theology,

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Interpretation: A Journal of Bible and TheologySAGE

Published: Oct 1, 1974

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