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Pauline Dogmatics: The Triumph of God’s Love

, 2020
ISBN: 9780802875648


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The eschatological heart of Paul’s gospel in his world and its implications for today.

Drawing upon thirty years of intense study and reflection on Paul, Douglas Campbell offers a distinctive overview of the apostle’s thinking that builds on Albert Schweitzer’s classic emphasis on the importance for Paul of the resurrection. But Campbell—learning here from Karl Barth—traces through the implications of Christ for Paul’s thinking about every other theological topic, from revelation and the resurrection through the nature of the church and mission. As he does so, the conversation broadens to include Stanley Hauerwas in relation to Christian formation, and thinkers like Willie Jennings to engage post-colonial concerns.

But the result of this extensive conversation is a work that, in addition to providing a description of Paul’s theology, also equips readers with what amounts to a Pauline manual for church planting. Good Pauline theology is good practical theology, ecclesiology, and missiology, which is to say, Paul’s theology belongs to the church and, properly understood, causes the church to flourish. In these conversations Campbell pushes through interdisciplinary boundaries to explicate different aspects of Pauline community with notions like network theory and restorative justice.

The book concludes by moving to applications of Paul in the modern period to painful questions concerning gender, sexual activity, and Jewish inclusion, offering Pauline navigations that are orthodox, inclusive, and highly constructive.

Beginning with the God revealed in Jesus, and in a sense with ourselves, Campbell progresses through Pauline ethics and eschatology, concluding that the challenge for the church is not only to learn about Paul but to follow Jesus as he did.

  • Explores the key topics and subjects of Paul’s thinking
  • Examines issues of practical theology, ecclesiology, and missiology
  • Clarifies and amplifies Pauline theology further for the benefit of today’s church

Part 1: Resurrection

  • Jesus
  • Vigilance
  • A God of Love
  • A God of Story
  • Resurrection & Death
  • Resurrection & Sin
  • Defending Resurrection
  • Election

Part 2: Formation

  • A Learning Community
  • Leaders
  • Love is All You Need
  • Loving as Giving
  • Loving as Faithfulness
  • Loving as Peacemaking
  • Loving as Enjoying

Part 3: Mission

  • An Apostolic Foundation
  • Defining the Other
  • The Triumph of Love
  • Mission as Friendship

Part 4: Navigation

  • Missional Diversity
  • Evaluating Paganism
  • Transforming Paganism
  • Request Ethics
  • Rethinking Creation
  • Navigating Sex and Marriage
  • Navigating Gender
  • Beyond Colonialism
  • Beyond Supersessionism
  • The Pastor’s Wisdom

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Dr. Campbell’s main research interests comprise the life and thought (i.e. theology and its development) of Paul with particular reference to soteriological models rooted in apocalyptic as against justification or salvation-history. However, he is interested in contributions to Pauline analysis from modern literary theory, from modern theology, from epistolary theory, ancient rhetoric, ancient comparative religion, modern linguistics and semantic theory, and from sociology. His recent publications include The Rhetoric of Righteousness in Romans 3:21-26, and he edited The Call to Serve: Biblical and Theological Perspectives on Ministry in Honour of Bishop Penny Jamieson.


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