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God's Greater Glory: The Exalted God Of Scripture And The Christian Faith Paperback – November 11, 2004
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About the Author
Bruce A. Ware (PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has written numerous journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, and has authored God's Lesser Glory, God's Greater Glory, and Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
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Prof. Ware defines divine providence as "God's providential dealings with human creation" (17). The author sees this particular concept," divine providence" as both 'providence and preservation' and 'providence and governance'(Ibid). Ware's long and classic definition of divine providence, is therefore articulated as " God continually oversees and directs all things pertaining to the created order in such a way that 1) he preserves in existence and provides for the creation he has brought into being, and (2) he governs and reigns supremely over the entirety of the whole creation in order to fulfill of his intended purposes in it and through it" (Ibid).
Ware's definition assumes two crucial elements. First, God's continual maintenance of his created order. Second, God's absolute control over all things in the universe. In other words, He perceives God as Creator and Preserver of all of his creation. Hence, God is a relational deity; whereby he pursues relationship with his creatures and He is consistently doing so.
The book is divided into two equal parts including an appendix. Ware gives ten lengthy chapters to defend his thesis. Part I deals with historical, hermeneutical and theological issues pertaining to God's interaction with the world. Part II focuses largely on practical issues, consistent with the Christian life (in view of God's providence and sovereignty).Read more ›
God's Greater Glory is a serviceable book providing a brief overview on the Doctrine of God and its related topics. Dr. Ware briefly addresses such perennially difficult questions such as the relationship between God's sovereignty and human freedom and the foreknowledge of God. He also includes an extended discussion on middle knowledge and compatibilist middle knowledge. The latter seems to be a formulation that is unique to Dr. Ware given his leanings toward a more Calvinistic approach to salvation.
If you're looking for something more stout and in-depth re: the Doctrine of God, then feel free to peruse some classic Systematic Theology texts by Francis Turretin, Herman Bavinck, Charles Hodge, and the like. For something more contemporary, there is Dr. John Frame's comprehensive work, The Doctrine of God. By the way, Dr. Ware references the latter quite extensively in the footnotes of God's Greater Glory. Lastly, this book explores highbrow topics without getting lost in the jargon. Dr. Ware's book is neither difficult nor a cakewalk, but somewhere in the middle in terms of readability. God's Greater Glory is worth a read.
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Just a really good book! I recommend it to all who are interested in seeing the greatness of God from our tiny, human lens. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Great book. Bruce Ware does a great job of explaining complex truths in an easy to understand to understand wayPublished 4 months ago by Judith E. Georges
Another master work from Dr. Ware. But then, Dr. Ware has been a stalwart buttress against liberalism, open theism, Arminianism, and a whole raft of other un-Biblical... Read morePublished 5 months ago by just another amazon customer
There have been countless books written that attempt to cover the difficult theological subjects such as the free-will of man vs the Sovereignty of God. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Robert D. Branham
I now have a new favorite author in Bruce Ware and wonder where I have been. He is everthing those writing forewords say.Published 13 months ago by Del Hafer
Maybe the best book I have ever read! Love Bruce Ware's passionate heart for the display of God's glory in His control of the Universe. Great Exposition of the ScripturePublished 15 months ago by Setb Miller