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Christ and Reconciliation

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POD; Published: 5/26/2013
ISBN: 978-0-8028-6853-4
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467 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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The first installment in a wide and deep constructive theology for our time

In Christ and Reconciliation Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen develops a constructive Christology and theology of salvation in dialogue with the best of Christian tradition, with contemporary theology in its global and contextual diversity, and with other major living faiths.

Kärkkäinen's Constructive Christian Theology for the Pluralistic World is a five-volume project that aims to develop a new approach to and method of doing Christian theology in our pluralistic world at the beginning of the third millennium. Topics such as diversity, inclusivity, violence, power, cultural hybridity, and justice are part of the constructive theological discussion along with classical topics such as the messianic consciousness, incarnation, atonement, and the person of Christ.

With the metaphor of hospitality serving as the framework for his discussion, Kärkkäinen engages Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism in sympathetic and critical mutual dialogue while remaining robustly Christian in his convictions. Never before has a full-scale doctrinal theology been attempted in such a wide and deep dialogical mode.

Read a blog post by Kärkkäinen on EerdWord.
“The posture of Kärkkäinen’s theology exhibits a remarkable beauty, skill and breadth.”
Peter Phan
— Georgetown University
"Veli-Matti K�rkk�inen develops a vigorous understanding of Christ as reconciler that is solidly rooted in the Bible and the Christian tradition and at the same time sympathetic to contemporary insights. With awe and admiration readers of this comprehensive and lucid book will no doubt link its author's name with Thomas, Calvin, Barth, Moltmann, and other theological luminaries. After the completion of K�rkk�inen's five-volume project, theology will not be the same."
S. Mark Heim
— Andover Newton Theological School
"K�rkk�inen brings an extraordinary breadth of theological learning and sympathy to this unique project. Though his canvas is vast, his patience and care in representing the views of all he engages are exemplary. . . . I am grateful both for what this volume delivers to its readers and for all that it promises to come."
Peter DeMey
— University of Leuven
"In continuous dialogue with global theology and world religions, Pentecostal theologian Veli-Matti K�rkk�inen sheds new light on trinitarian Christian faith in all its aspects. . . . Openness to all forms of contextual theology is for him not a matter of political correctness to be expressed in a footnote, but lies at the heart of his methodology. . . . Christ and Reconciliation is a must-read for all theology students."
Paul S. Chung
— Luther Seminary
"Christ and Reconciliation demonstrates a groundbreaking project of reframing constructive and systematic theology in search of a coherent vision in post-Western Christianity: inclusive, dialogical, and hospitable."
Choice (American Library Association)
"The author operates with a methodology that takes seriously the `contextual' nature of constructive theology. And he is aware that any responsible contemporary Christian theology must acknowledge and engage other living faith traditions. Finally, the approach is enriched because of his interdisciplinary methodology. The references and footnotes are themselves a wonderful theological resource. . . . Highly recommended."
"The book makes a compelling read because it is truly a rare gem — comparatively interreligious, biblical, systematic-historical-and-contemporary-theological, and interdisciplinary. . . . This volume and its sequel represent a systematic constructionism fitting for the twenty-first century that should pique the interest of serious learners of theology."