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The Analogy of Being: Invention of the Antichrist or Wisdom of God? Paperback – December 21, 2010
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This is a rich volume of essays from Catholic and Protestant scholars addressing many facets of the issue. In many ways it is a recapitulation of the debate as it covers the historical context, theological foundations of either position, then proposals for rapprochement and the contemporary significance of the discussion on analogy.
It is very hard to review this book without reviewing each article. In general, however, the contributors provide a model of engaging theological writing and I found it to be tremendously illuminating on both the general theological issues and the development of the historical discussion. There is a weighting towards Catholic perspectives, largely I think because the Catholic position is the positive one in this instance and the Reformed are in a reactive stance. In general I enjoyed the earlier articles more than the later ones, as the detailed discussions of Thomistic metaphysics had a more robust flavour than the more tentative 'reflections' on where we might go from here.
After reading this, I would have to say that if I had to choose I would side with Przywara, as even those who disagree with him here seem to come around to some version of his view in the end. While more can be said about analogy than he said, there does not appear to be any way of doing authentic Christian theology without it.