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This quantity tells the tale of Christianity in the course of the person women and men who formed it. it's a tale of substantial undertakings and marvelous successes in addition to ferocious intolerance, greed and bloodshed. Bamber Gascoigne lines a transparent direction via a classy background, exploring the reasons, the passions, the fears and the achievements of the Christians. His strategy is target and he writes in a conversational variety, targeting moments of important aspect and an unlimited and sundry forged of characters.
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There are real difﬁculties with this account of God, but Spong’s anxiety about anthropomorphism is not one of them. Indeed when Spong arrives at his deﬁnition of God, he admits there are afﬁnities with Thomism. This surprising disclosure occurs when he suggests an image of God beyond theism and uses Paul Tillich to do so. He writes, “Paul Tillich . . ”45 We then ﬁnd the following footnote: Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford Dr. Keith Ward has made the point (in conversation) that these Tillichian concepts can be found substantially in the writings of Thomas Aquinas.
This is not to say that the Trinity is not vitally important. In chapter 3, a Trinitarian structure to engagement will be suggested. I am a Trinitarian Christian who believes that the doctrine illuminates much that is true about God, it is just that I do not see the Trinitarian discourse as excluding the theistic one. The ﬁnal assumption that I want to identify at this stage in the book is the commitment to the achievements of modernity. I am assuming that the engagement with the Christian past is helped with some of the tools of modernity.
He has rejected the idea of God deﬁned as a supernatural person who invades life periodically to accomplish the divine will. This deity is an intensely human ﬁgure who does grandiose and expanded, but nonetheless, human things. ”44 Anyone vaguely acquainted with the work of, say, St. Augustine of Hippo and St. Thomas Aquinas knows that this is false. To anticipate a more sustained discussion, which will occur in chapters 2 and 3, we ﬁnd in Aquinas an understanding of God that describes God as a necessary being.