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In Face of Mystery

A Constructive Theology

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ISBN 9780674445765

Publication Date: 03/15/1995


528 pages

6-3/8 x 9-1/4 inches

7 line illustrations


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In Face of Mystery confronts the impact of the loss of durability in traditional systematic thinking with refreshing candor… The invitation to view theology as a constructive conversation-maker between many voices and perspectives creates a flexibility which rescues the theological task from the defensive postures it has adopted ever since the rise of the critical method.—Alan Race, Times Literary Supplement

This book is testament to everything Kaufman has learned and taught about the business of doing theology in the modern world… He writes attractively and with great integrity, and he will carry many readers along with him by dint of his sheer verve and enthusiasm.—Gareth Jones, Religion and Theology

Kaufman has written his best book, tying together a lifetime of theological reflection… An admirable model of how to be a theologian.—William C. Placher, Christian Century

A truly systematic liberal theology… It is a grand book.—Robert Cummings Neville, Theological Studies

Kaufman draws together a lifetime of theological writing and thinking, developing and in places changing his earlier thought into a comprehensive unified exploration of his project of ‘theological construction.’ Hence it is his most mature statement of methodology and theological vision.Pro Ecclesia

With the publication of In Face of Mystery, Gordon Kaufman has set forth the culminating work of his career and has moved theology once more in the direction of substantive proposals and bold visions. Both for his own vision and the impetus it will give to other such efforts, we should all be grateful.—Sheila Greeve Davaney, Religious Studies Review

Awards & Accolades

  • Co-Winner, 1995 Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion, Constructive-Reflective Studies Category, American Academy of Religion

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