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5.0 out of 5 stars True Scritpure, Reason and Experience, February 5, 2000
This review is from: The God Who Risks: A Theology of Providence (Paperback)
Contrary to Justin's opinion (he must not have read the book very carefully), Sanders presents a view of God that harmonizes with Scripture (something the clasical/reformed tradition cannot do without discarding thousands of texts), reason and our experience as human beings. Sanders takes the reader through those pesky Old Testament texts that so many want to dispose of, as well as the New Testament, and demonstrates that God's interaction throughout salvation history has been one of relation and risk. He further explores Christian tradition, and shows the relational aspect of much of the thought of the early Church Fathers and other avenues of Christian thought. While more of a survey than an exhaustive analysis, there are numerous endnotes which direct the reader to more expansive research. There is enough about this book to keep you studying for a long time.
Despite what has been asserted, Sanders does not contradict himself. God could have chosen to create a world in which relationaily was not a component, although trinitarian theism recognizes the eternal relational aspect of God's being. However, because God IS relational, He sovereignly chose to create a universe in which relationship, not control, was the primary focus. Those who dogmatically define "sovereignty" as meticulous control will certainly not agree with Sanders' conclusions, but will have a hard time refuting him without resorting to name calling and charges of "heresy".
This is not a book one can skim through, it must be read thoroughly and studiously. This book requires thought on the part of the reader, something that is not too often evident which much "evangelical" Christian material these days.
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