This book is devoted to recovering the truth and vitality of Christian faith by attempting to trace the ways of God with the modern world. Professor Hardy contends that the profundity of God's interaction with the world, despite centuries of valuable contemplation, can best be understood by addressing those aspects of human thought which often give modern life its vitality. These are the very features with which theology has tended to lose touch, but which here are explored as areas in which the character and purposes of God may be manifest.
Following the example of the great eras of theological understanding in the past, this book seeks a new and deeper synthesis of faith, theology and other disciplined forms of life and thought to recover the dynamic of God's life and work in and from them. As it does so, it concentrates on the heartlands of Christian faith: worship; the Triune God; and the activity of God in the world, in language and cultures, in cosmology and the human being, in society and the form of the Church, and in the forms of human understanding—scientific, historical, cultural, religious, and theological.
The result is an uncompromising study which attempts to show the possibilities for a theology which becomes more fully realized by discovering and following the ways of God with the modern world.
Praise for the Print Edition
This is some of the richest theology to have been produced in Britain or America in recent decades. It faces one after another of the key questions and always illuminates them. It is rare to be able to unite such profound engagement with God and the fundamentals of Christian faith together with a sense of getting inside the critical and construction contributions of a range of other disciplines.
—David F. Ford, Professor of Divinity, University of Cambridge
During the last few decades, Daniel Hardy has been a leading contributor to the revival of systematic theology in Britain. These papers provide a conspectus of the range and depth of his thinking, and will long continue to serve as sources of profound insight and understanding.
—Colin E. Gunton, former professor, King's College, London
- Title: God's Ways with the World: Thinking and Practising Christian Faith
- Author: Daniel Hardy
- Publisher: T&T Clark
- Publication Date: 2005
- Pages: 432
About Daniel Hardy
Daniel Hardy was until recently Director of the Center of Theological Inquiry at Princeton. He was formerly Van Mildert Professor of Theology at the University of Durham and Canon of Durham Cathedral.