The "Word of God" emerged and evolved as a divine response to changing human needs in biblical history. By tracing the historical trajectories of six paradigms of salvation, including exodus, kingship, and sacrifice, through a millennium of biblical history, this volume reveals a vibrant current of meaning underlying the texts and expresses growing insight into God's redemptive intentions, which can be extended to the present predicaments of humankind. Klaus Nrnberger is professor emeritus of systematic theology and theological ethics at the University of Natal in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
The Bible is not a system of theological propositions but a series of witnesses to God's redemptive acts in response to need. Recurring motifs, such as the exodus, covenant or messianic king have emerged in response to need and been adapted in different situations of need. This process culminates in the Christ-event.
Part I asks: Is evolving Nature all there is – self-generated, self-sustaining, self-contained? Are human beings, as the topmost outgrowth of Nature, responsible to none other but themselves? That is the stance of naturalist and atheist Richard Dawkins. Or is evolving reality derived from, and dependent on, a transcendent Source and Destiny, to whom humans are accountable and whose benevolence reaches out to humans as persons because humans are persons? That is the conviction of the Christian faith. Part II shows that Dawkins’ interpretation of religion is deficient even in evolutionary terms and lacks the objectivity and impartiality of genuine science.
The book encourages Christians to take valid scientific theories on board. They are God's way of displaying the profundity, complexity and greatness of God's creation. They can become God's instruments to master the looming economic-ecological crises. Science can help believers update their worldview, restore the credibility of their message, and regain their contemporary relevance; faith can afford the scientific enterprise a new grounding, direction and vision. God's creative power' is explored by science and God's benevolent intentionality' is proclaimed by the Christian faith. Major Christian convictions can be restated on this basis to make sense to our scientifically informed contemporaries.
This book stands out amid the many works critical of mainstream economics for its author's reader-friendly intention to make accessible the problems of how countries in the South can develop successfully, what to do about social injustice and poverty, and the global environmental destruction that is proceeding apace. Klaus Nuuml;rnberger has transcended his background as an economist to present a holistic analysis of the human and environmental failings of our current market economy. He draws on recent thinking in a variety of disciplines, and his arguments relate both to political economy and to people's worldviews.
In Volume I the author analyses the Word of God and the response of the Christian community in a lucid and accesible way. In this second volume he interprets the classical assertions of the Christian faith in terms of Gods creative and redemptive project in the world of today. His experiential approach is meant to restore the credibility, vibrancy and relevance of faith in Christ for our times.