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The John Webster Collection (9 vols.)
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The John Webster Collection (9 vols.)

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T&T Clark 2004–2016

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Overview

John Webster was a beloved theologian who was well known for his pastoral personality, and his theological work signifcantly shaped the direction of theology in the twenty-first century. This collection contains many of Webster's most influential academic works in theology. It features extensive study on Barth and Jungel, and provides a throrough presentation of Webster's own theological thought as well as his personal reflections on the Christian faith.

Pastors, scholars, and students who seek a deep engagement with critical modern theological questions will find much to think about reading Webster. He addresses both perennial theological questions from teh Christian tradition, as well questions unique to the modern context. Webster adds depth to the theological dialogue while reminding his readers that the object of theology is a God who call us to worship him with our hearts.

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Key Features

  • Features John Webster's key contributions to theology
  • Provides extensive analysis on the theology of Karl Barth
  • Engages with Christianity's most pressing perennial quations as well as questions unique to the twenty-first century

Praise for John Webster

[John] Webster represents the future for English systematic theology simply because of his unwavering attention to the gospel—to the gracious Word of God incarnate, written, and spoken.

—David W. Congdon, author, The God Who Saves: A Dogmatic Sketch

Product Details

  • Title: The John Webster Collection
  • Author: John Webster
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Volumes: 11
  • Pages: 2,824
  • Christian Group: Reformed
  • Resource Type: Systematic Theologies, Monographs, Feschrift
  • Topic: Reformed Theology

Individual Titles

God without Measure: Working Papers in Christian Theology, volume 1: God and the Works of God

  • Author: John Webster
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 256

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God Without Measure: God and the Works of God, treats the themes of God's inner being and God's outer acts. After an overall account of the relation between God in himself and the economy of God's external works, there are studies of the divine aseity and of the theology of the eternal Son. These are followed by a set of essays on creation out of nothing; the relation between God and God's creatures; the nature of providence; the relation of soteriology and the doctrine of God; and the place of teaching about justification in Christian theology.

God Without Measure is a mature work of theological revival. Many of these essays are jewels in their own right, yet when read together they reveal the working of a first-class theological mind in its prime developing a consistent conception of the task of systematics and directed at matters of first theology: God's life in itself and then towards the world.

—Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

God Without Measure: Working Papers in Christian Theology, volume 2: Virtue and Intellect

  • Author: John Webster
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 192

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In this second volume, Webster progresses the discussion to include topics in moral theology, and the theology of created intellect. An opening chapter sets the scene by considering the relation of christology and moral theology. This is followed by a set of reflections on a range of ethical themes: the nature of human dignity; mercy; the place of sorrow in Christian existence; the nature of human courage; dying and rising with Christ as a governing motif in the Christian moral life; the presence of sin in human speech. Webster closes with studies of the nature of intellectual life and of the intellectual task of Christian theology.

John Webster has few peers, and this book serves further notice to the extraordinary breadth and calibre of his theological project. Always in service to Jesus Christ, Webster lays our basic components of the moral life, seamlessly and astutely drawing upon the Fathers, Aquinas, Calvin, John Owen, and Barth. One reads Webster with amazement and appreciation that theology, in a time of much superficiality, can again be so deeply and richly theocentric. This is a work of a contemporary master to whom all Christians must attend.

—Matthew Levering, University of Dayton

Word and Church: Essays in Biblical Dogmatics

  • Author: John Webster
  • Series: T&T Clark Cornerstones
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 304

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In Word and Church readers are treated to chapters that examine the field of Christian Dogmatics, presenting a clear trajectory in the work of John Webster, that moves from interpretation of 20th-century Protestant theology to doctrinal construction.

Webster addresses the modern traditions of Christian divinity, and the topics which come to the fore in making sense of these traditions: the nature of the Bible and its interpretation; the place of Jesus Christ in modern theological culture; and the basis and shape of human agency. As a whole the book boldly indicates how dilemmas or inadequacies in modern treatments of these topics might be clarified by more direct employment of language about God and the gospel.

Confessing God: Essays in Christian Dogmatics II

  • Author: John Webster
  • Series: T&T Clark Cornerstones
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 288

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Put together as a companion volume to his earlier volume, Word and Church, in this book John Webster begins to give voice to a reordered conception of the substance of Christian teaching, at the heart of which lies a discovery of the content and consequences of Christian teaching about God's perfection.

Webster gives the readers a worked example of 'theological theology', that is, Christian theology which takes its rise in the Christian confession of the gospel which seeks to hear, celebrate and commend.

Barth's Earlier Theology: Scripture, Confession, and Church

  • Author: John Webster
  • Publisher: T&T Clark International
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 160

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Webster continues the work that he initiated in Barth's Moral Theology. He addresses the important topics of biblical exegesis and historical theology in Barth's early writing, and develops his own line of interpretation of Barth's theology in general. Webster suggests that the traditional accounts of Barth's development are inadequate: they tend to emphasize his cultural and philosophical context, to focus on the same limited selection of his writings and to misjudge his theological intentions, regarding him as a purely transcendental thinker or as a postmodernist. In this book Webster provides detailed interpretations of early texts that have received little attention, such as Barth's work on 1 Corinthians, on the Reformed Confessions, and on modern Protestant theology. Webster draws out the significance of Barth's early biblical exegesis and historical theology, and shows how his work in both fields was conceived from the beginning as important preparation for his future dogmatic work.

[A] thorough, elegant analysis and reappraisal of his subject....the book is to be commended, for, in his own words, 'if we do not acquire the skills to listen to what the communion of saints says to us, what we have to say in our turn will be thin and unedifying, solemn at all the wrong places and lacking in joyful seriousness about the gospel.

—Michael Reeves, Themelios

The Domain of the Word: Scripture and Theological Reason

  • Author: John Webster
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Pages: 240

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The book brings together a set of related studies on the nature of Scripture and of Christian theology by one of the most prominent representatives of Protestant theology of our time. After a brief introduction on the setting of the book and its major themes, the first part of the volume examines topics on the nature and interpretation of Scripture. A comprehensive proposal about Scripture and its interpretation is followed by a study of Scripture as the embassy of the risen Christ, and by three related chapters analyzing the ways in which widely different major modern theologians (Barth, T.F. Torrance and Rowan Williams) have understood the nature and interpretation of the Bible. The second part of the volume makes a cumulative proposal about the nature and tasks of Christian theology, examining the fundamental principles of systematic theology, the distinctive role and scope of reason in Christian theology, the relation of theology to the humanities, and the vocation of theology to promote the peace of the church./p>

In ten elegantly crafted and precisely written chapters on Scripture and theological reason, John Webster shows himself to be the master of the domain he surveys and serves--and of which he is arguably the prime English-speaking minister. Taken together, these essays represent a bracing manifesto and compelling model of how to do theology with care, competence, and good cheer by situating one's thought in the broader sphere of the triune God's loving address. May its domain (of readers) increase!

—Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

John Webster is a dogmatic theologian in the classic sense: he is seeking God's face. Knowing in faith that God has lovingly addressed us in the Scriptures, he seeks this loving God therein, trusting in the light that shines from the risen Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit. Disarmingly modest, wonderfully clear, and always attentive to the human weakness and repentance that accompany theological speech, Webster gives us a taste of the joy that is to be had in knowing and loving the triune God through his Scriptures.

—Matthew Levering, University of Dayton

Barth's Moral Theology: Human Action in Barth's Thought

  • Author: John Webster
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 240

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John Webster shows how Barth’s work as a whole should be regarded as a moral theology. He opens with a study of Barth’s ethical thinking in key writings from the period of his break with theological liberalism, and then highlights the moral anthropology set out in his lectures on ethics from the end of the 1920s. He studies the themes of original sin, hope and freedom in Barth’s Church Dogmatics, illustrating Barth’s concern to prove that divine grace shapes and restores human agency. He explores the theme of the missionary activity of the church in relation to Barth’s remarkable treatment of the prophetic office of Christ. He also draws a contrast between the moral anthropology of Barth and Luther.

The author concludes the book with two outstanding chapters: first, a profound comparison of Luther and Barth on human agency, and second, the influence of Barth and Luther on one of today's leading theologians, Eberhard Jungel. To be commended without hesitation.

—John D. Godsey, Wesley Theological Seminary

The Possibilities of Theology: Studies in the Theology of Eberhard Jungel

  • Author: John Webster
  • Publisher: T&T Clark International
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 256

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A tribute to Eberhard Jungel, one of the world's foremost Christian thinkers, and an interpretation and evaluation of his work. These essays are by leading British and North American theologians. The contributors' own creative work has been influenced by their engagement with Jungel's thought in constructive contemporary theology.

Theological Theology: Essays in Honor of John Webster

  • Editors: R. David Nelson, Darren Sarisky, Justin Stratis
  • Publisher: T&T Clark
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Pages: 416

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The areas of discussion include the nature and method of theology, Scripture and its interpretation, Christology and the doctrine of the Trinity, moral theology, and the reading and use of theological dialogue partners. The essays are written by eminent systematic theologians, theological ethicists, and biblical scholars from a wide range of Christian traditions.

The contributors to this volume appraise, extend and apply different aspects of the conception of "theological theology". That theology should in fact be thoroughly theological means that theological discourse gains little by conforming to the canons of inquiry that govern other disciplines; it should rather focus its attention on its own unique subject, God and all things in relation to God, and should follow procedures that allow it to access and bear witness to these realities.

Just as John was a colourful, sharp, multifaceted theologian, the essays in this book reflect something of that diversity and variety. And so it should, as in many ways this collection is now a tribute to one of the finest theological voices the United Kingdom has ever produced. ... This superb collection of essays ... belongs in every theologian's library.

—Regent's Reviews

About John Webster

John Webster (1955–2016) was a distinguished British theologian who was strongly influenced by Karl Barth and a member of the Anglican Communion. He began his career as chaplain and tutor St. John‘s College, Durham University and the became Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Oxford University, following Rowan Williams. During his time at Oxford he also served as canon of Christ Church. In 2003, he became the chair of systematic theology at King‘s College, University of Aberdeen.