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Incarnation and Resurrection
Toward a Contemporary Understanding
POD; Published: 6/15/2007
ISBN: 978-0-8028-0998-8
Price: $ 40.50
432 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6.14 x 9.21
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For too long contemporary theology has downplayed the importance of holding together the incarnation and the resurrection when thinking theologically. Paul Molnar here surveys the place of these key doctrines in the thought of several influential theologians: Karl Barth, Karl Rahner, Thomas F. Torrance, John Macquarrie, Gordon Kaufman, Sallie McFague, Roger Haight, John Hick, and Wolfhart Pannenberg.

Molnar demonstrates that whenever the starting point for interpreting the resurrection is not Jesus himself, the incarnate Son of the Father, then Christology and Soteriology are undermined because they are not properly rooted in a plausible doctrine of the Trinity. Fair, comprehensive, and balanced, Molnar's analysis, following Torrance and Barth, highlights the details of contemporary theology of the resurrection linked to the incarnation and maintains the necessity of the incarnation in its intrinsic unity with the resurrection as the beginning, rather than the end, of Christology.

George Hunsinger
— Princeton Theological Seminary
"This volume is vintage Molnar — well-researched, vigorously argued, uninhibited in its judgments. The inner logic of how the incarnation connects with the resurrection is surveyed across a wide range of diverse viewpoints. Molnar once again adopts the role of Fidei Defensor and acquits it well."
John Webster
— King's College, Aberdeen
"Following his earlier study of modern doctrines of the Trinity, this work from Paul Molnar offers a penetrating analysis of the relation between the person of Christ and the resurrection in the work of some leading contemporary theologians. This is a seriously provocative study, characterized by thorough exposition and a discriminating sense of the dogmatic issues that surround Christian claims. Molnar is a critical theologian with energy, independence of mind, and a keen sense of the intellectual transformations that the gospel requires."
Iain Torrance
— Princeton Theological Seminary
"Paul Molnar has established a reputation for clarity and thoroughness. This volume extends that reputation still further, as Molnar gives us an observant and very constructive interpretation of Thomas F. Torrance (my father) in his theology of the resurrection of Jesus."