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The Command of Grace

Paul Janz

The Command of Grace

Paul Janz

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The Command of Grace sets forth a bold new critical initiative in theological apologetics, one that advances a fundamental reassessment of theological self-understanding and method today, especially in its attentiveness to the present reality of God in revelation. Many recent, predominating trends have tended to treat theological truth as something cognitively self-guaranteeing ('tauto-theological') within doctrinal or other theoretical domains. Against this, and drawing on the philosophical heritage and Jewish thought, the book seeks to revive other basic modes of human attentiveness for fundamental theological questioning.

^^These are: 'causal' attentiveness encountered through the faculties of bodily sensibility; and 'appetitive' or 'motive' attentiveness encountered in the faculty of desire. Especially crucial here is the rejuvenation of the primacy of 'motive reasoning' (reasoning with regard to motivations and desires) for theology's apologetical self-understanding, in addition to its normal engagement with 'cognitive reasoning' (reasoning with regard to percepts and concepts). If God in his transcendent 'Godness' meets us in revelation not at the margins of the speculative intellect in the form of a denotatum for cognitive apprehension, but rather at the very centre of embodied life in the form of a summons to motivated action, then theology must seek to be attentive to God through all the endowed faculties of embodied-rational life: cognitive, sensible, and motive-appetitive.



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About "The Command of Grace"

The Command of Grace sets forth a bold new critical initiative in theological apologetics, one that advances a fundamental reassessment of theological self-understanding and method today, especially in its attentiveness to the present reality of God in revelation. Many recent, predominating trends have tended to treat theological truth as something cognitively self-guaranteeing ('tauto-theological') within doctrinal or other theoretical domains. Against this, and drawing on the philosophical heritage and Jewish thought, the book seeks to revive other basic modes of human attentiveness for fundamental theological questioning.

^^These are: 'causal' attentiveness encountered through the faculties of bodily sensibility; and 'appetitive' or 'motive' attentiveness encountered in the faculty of desire. Especially crucial here is the rejuvenation of the primacy of 'motive reasoning' (reasoning with regard to motivations and desires) for theology's apologetical self-understanding, in addition to its normal engagement with 'cognitive reasoning' (reasoning with regard to percepts and concepts). If God in his transcendent 'Godness' meets us in revelation not at the margins of the speculative intellect in the form of a denotatum for cognitive apprehension, but rather at the very centre of embodied life in the form of a summons to motivated action, then theology must seek to be attentive to God through all the endowed faculties of embodied-rational life: cognitive, sensible, and motive-appetitive.


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Meet the Author

Paul Janz

Paul Janz (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) previously a professional musicain, is presently a Lecturer in Systematic Theology and Deputy Head of Theology and Religious Studies at King's College London, he formerly taught philosophy at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. He has written God, the Mind's Desire: Reference, Reason and Christian Thinking (Cambridge), The Command of Grace: Foundations for a Theology at the Centre of Life (T&T Clark) and Transformation Theology (T&T Clark) together with Oliver Davies and Clemens Sedmak. In 2004, Paul's first album High Strung was re-released on CD for the first time by Escape Music in the UK.
Koorong -Editorial Review.

Table Of Contents

  • Revelation And The Eclipse Of Doctrine; Tauto-theology And The Lapse Of Rational Nerve; Sensibility And Divine Causality; Causality In Theological And Philosophical History; The Grandeur Of Reason And The Fallenness Of Reason; God, Infinity, And The Logic Of Illusion; Theological Ontology; God And The Poverty Of Alterity; Revelation, Appetition And Motion; The Command Of Grace.

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  • Catalogue Code 282581
  • Product Code 9780567033598
  • ISBN 0567033597
  • EAN 9780567033598
  • Pages 192
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Bloomsbury T&t Clark
  • Publication Date Feb 2009
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 15 mm
  • Weight 0.001kg

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