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Confessing the Impassible God: The Biblical, Classical, & Confessional Doctrine of Divine Impassibility (Baines, et al.)

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RBAP
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462
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Paperback


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Table of Contents:

Foreword – Paul Helm

Preface – The Editors

Introduction

An Introduction to the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility: Why is this Doctrine Important? – James M. Renihan

Part I: Theological and Hermeneutical Prolegomena

1. Analogy and the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility – Charles J. Rennie

2. Hermeneutics: Analogia Scripturae and Analogia Fidei – Ronald S. Baines

Part II: Biblical Foundations

3. The Old Testament on the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility: (I) Texts on the Nature of God – Steve Garrick with Ronald S. Baines

4. The Old Testament on the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility: (II) Texts on Immutability and Impassibility – Ronald S. Baines and Steve Garrick

5. The Old Testament on the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility: (III) Texts on Apparent Passibilism and Conclusion – Steve Garrick, James P. Butler, and Charles J. Rennie

6. The New Testament on the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility: (I) Texts on the Nature of God, Immutability, and Impassibility – Richard C. Barcellos and James P. Butler

7. The New Testament on the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility: (II) Creation, the Incarnation and Sufferings of Christ, and Conclusion – Richard C. Barcellos

Part III: Historical Theology

8. Historical Theology Survey of the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility: Pre-Reformation through Seventeenth-Century England – Michael T. Renihan, James M. Renihan, and Samuel Renihan

9. Historical Theology Survey of the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility: The Modern Era – Brandon F. Smith and James M. Renihan

Part IV: Systematic Theology

10. A Theology of the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility: (I) Impassibility and the Essence and Attributes of God – Charles J. Rennie

11. A Theology of the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility: (II) Impassibility and the Divine Affections – Charles J. Rennie

12. A Theology of the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility: (III) Impassibility and Christology – Charles J. Rennie and Stefan T. Lindblad

Part V: Confessional Theology

13. Confessional Theology and the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility – James M. Renihan

Part VI: Practical Theology

14. Practical Theology and the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility – James P. Butler

Part VII: Conclusion

15. Closing Comments and Affirmations and Denials – Ronald S. Baines and Charles J. Rennie

Appendices

1. Review of God with Us: Divine Condescension and the Attributes of God, K. Scott Oliphint – Charles J. Rennie

2. Review of God is Impassible and Impassioned: Toward a Theology of Divine Emotion, Rob Lister – James E. Dolezal 

 

Editors 

 

Ronald S. Baines

 

Richard C. Barcellos

 

James P. Butler

 

Stefan T. Lindblad

 

James M. Renihan  

 

 

Endorsements

"This book can be said to present an interdisciplinary exposition and so a cumulative defense of divine impassibility and of the doctrine of God of which that is an aspect. Each line of argument strengthens and supports the other. Its foundation in Scripture, and the hermeneutics employed, show the doctrine to be not speculative or abstract but to have its foundation in the varied data of both Testaments of the Bible. The chapters on history show that divine impassibility is not a recent whimsy or the peculiar invention of a Christian sect, but the historic catholic faith. Those on the confession and the doctrine of God set out its Baptist pedigree, and the connectedness of impassibility with other distinctions made in the doctrine of God, and their overall coherence. Each line of enquiry sensitizes the palate to taste the others. There is a polemical strand throughout the book, contrasting this view with those of Open Theism and aberrant statements from contemporary Calvinists and others. But these arguments are used not to score points but to set forth and make even clearer the positive, historic teaching on divine impassibility, by contrasting it with other currently-held views. 

I am honored to have been asked to write this Foreword, and delighted with what I have read. Confessing the Impassible God is heartily recommended." - Paul Helm, Former Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion, King’s College, London

"Truth sometimes sounds stranger than fiction, which is why Confessing the Impassible God is a welcomed, rigorous defense of the traditional and confessional doctrine of divine impassibility. Many in the church have either rejected this vital biblical teaching or have forgotten it because the sands of the hourglass have buried it. The contributors provide a significant exegetical, theological, historical, and practical engagement of the issues, which makes this eminently useful for pastors, scholars, seminarians, and even people in the pews." - J.V. Fesko, Academic Dean, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Westminster Seminary California

"There was a time when it was my opinion that the Doctrine of God or Theology Proper was settled. It seemed to me that, except for the debates over God’s eternal decree between Reformed and Arminian Christians, the Doctrine of God was of little polemic interest. If that was ever really the case, it is surely not the case now. The onslaught of Process and Open Theism, the claims that the classical Christian doctrine of God was seriously infected with Greek philosophical ideas, and the consequent and widespread proposals to modify the traditional Theology Proper of classical Christian theism are provoking widening discussion. Confessing the Impassible God provides an important, deep, and thoughtful response to the proposed revisions to the doctrine of divine impassibility—one of the hot-spots in the polemic furor among Reformed evangelicals over the Doctrine of God. I am grateful for the theologically careful and historically informed hermeneutics and exegesis of the present volume. I am grateful especially for the reminder that this book contains of the importance of recognizing the revelation of Scripture as analogical, and sometimes anthropopathic, and the importance of recognizing this in our teaching. Confessing the Impassible God deserves close study and appreciative discussion among Reformed Christians." - Sam Waldron, Dean of Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary, Pastor of Grace Reformed Baptist Church, Owensboro, KY

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