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These essays in constructive Christian dogmatics treat a cluster of themes: the nature of Holy Scripture and its interpretations; the place of Jesus in modern intellectual culture, and in theological depiction of the nature of the church; and the inseparability of theological and moral reflection. An important series of essays from one of the world's leading contemporary theologians.

as sui ipsius interpres, the text is not simply inert until activated by human readers. ‘Texts, like dead men and women, have no rights, no aims, no interests.’67 Qua texts, of course not; but, as instruments of divine action, texts are prevenient, determining the shape of our reading not only by passive resistance but also by active presentation of the speech of God. In a similar vein, the claritas of the Bible is not a material textual attribute but a spiritual event. Clarity is not the same as
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