The Theater of God

Story in Christian Doctrines

By Robert Paul Roth

The Theater of God

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  • ISBN: 9781597520133
  • Pages: 202
  • Publication Date: 12/10/2004
  • Retail Price: $25.00
Web Price: $20.00
Web Price: $20.00

The Theater of God

Story in Christian Doctrines

By Robert Paul Roth

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781597520133
  • Pages: 202
  • Publication Date: 12/10/2004
  • Retail Price: $25.00
Web Price: $20.00

About-

This exploration in creative theology aims to discover what will happen to Christian doctrine if the category of story is substituted for all the philosophical metaphors and scientific models that have been previously used to give intellectual shape to the gospel . As a systematic theologian, Robert Paul Roth constructs an ontology of story and applies it to the doctrines of the church.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"When theologians select categories drawn from philosophy or the various disciplines of university thought and then apply them to their constructive proposal for how best to 'think the faith', they typically reduce and even misrepresent the range and scope of Christian revelation. This is the charge or diagnosis that Robert Roth makes against every theologian who tries to bend, squeeze, twist or adapt the story given in revelation and make it fit the categories of thought favored as the norm of rational discourse in a given era or culture. His radical treatment is to show how the category of story is more compatible to 'thinking the faith' than all others, and then to take up the key doctrines of the faith and illustrate the difference it makes when one thinks through each doctrine using the category of story."

"The scope and depth of Professor Roth's learning are evident on nearly every page: philosophy ancient and modern, drama ancient and modern, art and poetry, literary and linguistic analysis, Eastern and folk religion. That is the sophistication dimension of this little book, but the sophistication serves the purpose of setting forth, defending and exploring the implications of his radical thesis."

From the foreword by Lee Snook

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Robert Paul Roth

Bio(s)-

Robert P. Roth was Professor of Systematic Theology and Dean of Northwestern Lutheran Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. When the school became Luther Seminary he was Director of Graduate Studies. He has published articles on literature and theology in numerous periodicals, and was an editor for Global Missions' magazine, Aereopogus.

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