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"This book contains some rare combinations: first, an author who is as concerned with conceptual clarification as he is with the absolute truthfulness of the biblical text; second, an argument that avoids the common "either-ors" and contends for the importance of both divine sovereignty and divine solicitude in equal measure; third, an approach that espouses divine determinism and divine temporality. No One Like Him takes on the most intractable intellectual challenges of contemporary evangelical theology."
Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School        

"John Feinberg judicially reconstructs aspects of the classical view of God in a way that proves more faithful than process and openness of God theisms. Arguably, this is the best study of theology proper in print."
Bruce Demarest, Professor of Theology and Spiritual Formation, Denver Seminary

"Feinberg reads theology with a philosopher's eye and writes it with a philosopher's sensitivity to illogic and incoherence."
J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College

"A magisterial work, one that truly deserves to be called a magnum opus. . . . It reveals its author as . . . perhaps the only modern scholar whose work, like that of Carl. F. H. Henry, can compare in size, detail, comprehensiveness, and intellectual acuity with the accomplishments of the late Karl Barth. . . . It is not risky to predict that Feinberg's No One Like Him will come to be a milestone in evangelical theology."
Harold O. J. Brown, Professor Emeritus of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

About the Author

John S. Feinberg (PhD, University of Chicago) is department chair and professor of biblical and systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of Ethics for a Brave New World (with Paul D. Feinberg) and is general editor of Crossway’s Foundations of Evangelical Theology series.

John S. Feinberg (PhD, University of Chicago) is department chair and professor of biblical and systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is the author of Ethics for a Brave New World (with Paul D. Feinberg) and is general editor of Crossway’s Foundations of Evangelical Theology series.

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Product Details

  • Series: Foundations of Evangelical Theology
  • Hardcover: 880 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (April 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581348118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581348118
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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No One Like Him is the most comprehensive and contemporary work currently available in Evangelical (systematic) theology proper. The author, Dr John Feinberg, Chairman and Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (and my doctoral advisor), not only brings readers into contact with the core historical positions grounding evangelical theology, but significantly emphasizes more contemporary questions within evangelical theology including the perspectives of divine temporality and process theology, both issues regarding which Feinberg has published major previous works. This may very well be the most thorough and current work dealing with the increasingly popular Process Theology from an Evangelical Perspective.
This massive 800 page theology text treats thoroughly the 'Being and Nature of God' and 'Acts of God', as well as humanity's 'Concepts of God' wherein trends in contemporary **thought** are analysed and evaluated. If you want to swim in the deep end with a trusted instructor, I thoroughly recommend this text.
This volume is one of 10 planned for the 'Foundations of Evangelical Theology' series. Future contributing authors will include Bruce Demarest, David C Clark, Kevin Van Hoozer, and Walter Kaiser.
Happy reading. Happy Learning. Happy thinking.
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This book really fed me and strengthened my faith. John Feinberg presents God as the King who cares, taking a mediating position between classical theism and process theism.

Feinberg surveys the historic and contemporary understandings of who or what God has been thought to be. He discusses the theology of Paul Tillich, Karl Barth, Friedrich Schleiermacher, Immanuel Kant, Albert Ritschl, Hegel, and others. There is also a candid and clear interaction with modernity and postmodernity.

He also surveys the ontological, teleological and cosmological arguments for the existence of God. He also surveys the doctrine of the Trinity, and adds to the discussion of the relationship of God to the problem of evil.

The Openness of God has been highly debated in evangelical circles, so Feinberg has a lengthy discussion of this theology. He also discusses the relationship of God to the theory of evolution.

Feinberg writes in a wonderfully engaging way, and he always shows the utmost respect for the positions he critiques. I loved how it wasn't over my head, and he argues strenuously and persuasively for his own understanding of God. This is an instant classic in evangelical thought. Both lay people and clergy will be highly blessed by this book.
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This book was purchased as a textbook for a course I was taking. It is now part of my library. I have included my review of chapter two.
Chapter two of No One Like Him: The Doctrine of God deals with the mental understanding and awareness of God. The chapter deals with three main questions concerning God, and the author, John S. Feinberg uses these questions as sub-headings throughout the chapter. He takes on the questions of the nature of God’s reality, God’s role(s) in the universe, and man’s understanding of language about God. He begins the chapter noting, “Human beings are ‘incurably’ religious.” He appeals philosophically to the idea that humans everywhere have the common characteristic of a sense of right and wrong. Feinberg then attempts to guide the reader away from ambiguous words which theists have used to describe God, and instead route the discussion toward his three main questions.
What Sort of Reality is God/Does God Have?
In answering this first question, the reader is introduced to Ludwig Feuerbach (1804-1872) and Sigmund Freud. Feuerbach embraced the idea of God as a mental projection. This concept seeks to explain God not as one who reveals Himself to man,
but as a being invented by man. Feuerbach’s God is one with characteristics and attributes of man. Similarly, Freud saw belief in God as wish fulfillment and the believer as one refusing to face reality.
The quest for reality brings the second answer offered by the author, that of God as Being-Itself. Feinberg injects Paul Tillich’s concept that “God is being-itself, but this does not make God a being.” More simply, according to this concept, any attempt to describe God will at best be symbolic only since God transcends all categorization.
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Some chapters are written in an ostentatious manner that makes reading for the average or moderately above average person difficult to read. However, the depth is very helpful and informative once the sense of it can be captured. Writers such as Feinberg have so much to share that is worthwhile that it is a shame they feel the need to write for college officials who may promote them or hire them to higher levels due to their elevated style.
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This book's author covers all the views in a balanced way. Yet he also is strong and convincing on the biblical view. He does tend to get wordy and repetitive in parts.
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Exactly as described. Great reading and very helpful in my studies. A great addition to my library. Very beneficial to my ministry
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