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From the Future: Getting to Grips with Pannenberg’s Thought
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From the Future: Getting to Grips with Pannenberg’s Thought


Paternoster 2013

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Gathering Interest


Open up significant avenues for critical discussion of Wolfhart Pannenberg’s thought by analyzing its structure and content. Examine philosophical atheism’s challenge to Pannenberg’s thought and how his concept of “anticipation” overcomes this challenge. According to author John McClean, “anticipation” defines the core of Pannenberg’s theological project, extending to his understanding of revelation, Christ, redemption, and God.

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Key Features

  • Analyzes the structure and content of Pannenberg’s thought
  • Introduces Pannenberg’s thought
  • Prepares readers to further engage with Pannenberg


  • God, History and Hope: Introducing Pannenberg
  • Thinking about Everything: Themes in Pannenberg’s Thought
  • Thinking about God: Pannenberg and Systematic Theology
  • Jesus, History and God: Pannenberg and Revelation
  • How the Future Makes the Past: Pannenberg and Metaphysics
  • Jesus, God and History: Pannenberg and Christology
  • The Heartbeat of Divine Love: Pannenberg and Reconciliation
  • The One Who Is All in All: Pannenberg and God

Praise for the Print Edition

John McClean makes Pannenberg accessible without being simplistic, sympathetic without avoiding criticism. From the Future is more than a survey of Pannenberg and his reception. It places Pannenberg in context and leads us into the world of his thought with a fascinating narrative.

Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Theology, Westminster Seminary

John McClean’s lucid and thought-provoking account of Pannenberg’s work provides a great service to evangelical teachers and students; for to come to grips with Pannenberg’s thought (as readers of this book surely will) is to come to grips with the whole matter of proclaiming Christ in the contemporary world. This is an invaluable work.

—Michael Jensen, lecturer in doctrine and church history, Moore College, Sydney Australia

This new book on Pannenberg’s theology is well named: it is the fruit of a long and intense engagement with the rich and complex thought of a seminal modern theologian. It offers a reliable and very readable survey of major aspects of Pannenberg’s theology, coupled with a strong affirmation of Pannenberg’s theological project as well as criticism of some particular points. There is much to be learnt from this intellectual journey with Pannenberg.

—Christiaan Mostert, professor emeritus, University of Divinity, Melbourne, Australia

Product Details

  • Title: From the Future: Getting to Grips with Pannenberg’s Thought
  • Author: John McClean
  • Publisher: Paternoster
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Pages: 232
  • Christian Group: Lutheran
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Topic: Lutheran Theology

About John McClean

John McClean is vice principal and professor of theology at Christ College, Sydney, Australia. McClean is the convenor of the Gospel, Society and Culture Committee of the Presbyterian Church of New South Wales, and writes a regular ethics column in Pulse, the Presbyterian Church of New South Wales magazine.

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