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Pauline Dogmatics
The Triumph of God's Love
HARDCOVER; Published: 1/7/2020
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7564-8
Price: $ 72.99
807 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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The eschatological heart of Paul’s gospel in his world and its implications for today

Drawing upon thirty years of intense study and reflection on Paul, Douglas Campbell offers a distinctive overview of the apostle’s thinking that builds on Albert Schweitzer’s classic emphasis on the importance for Paul of the resurrection. But Campbell—learning here from Karl Barth—traces through the implications of Christ for Paul’s thinking about every other theological topic, from revelation and the resurrection through the nature of the church and mission. As he does so, the conversation broadens to include Stanley Hauerwas in relation to Christian formation, and thinkers like Willie Jennings to engage post-colonial concerns. 

But the result of this extensive conversation is a work that, in addition to providing a description of Paul’s theology, also equips readers with what amounts to a Pauline manual for church planting. Good Pauline theology is good practical theology, ecclesiology, and missiology, which is to say, Paul’s theology belongs to the church and, properly understood, causes the church to flourish. In these conversations Campbell pushes through interdisciplinary boundaries to explicate different aspects of Pauline community with notions like network theory and restorative justice.

The book concludes by moving to applications of Paul in the modern period to painful questions concerning gender, sexual activity, and Jewish inclusion, offering Pauline navigations that are orthodox, inclusive, and highly constructive. 

Beginning with the God revealed in Jesus, and in a sense with ourselves, Campbell progresses through Pauline ethics and eschatology, concluding that the challenge for the church is not only to learn about Paul but to follow Jesus as he did.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Resurrection
1. Jesus
2. Vigilance
3. A God of Love
4. A God of Story
5. Resurrection & Death
6. Resurrection & Sin
7. Defending Resurrection
8. Election
Part 2: Formation
9. A Learning Community
10. Leaders
11. Love is All You Need
12. Loving as Giving
13. Loving as Faithfulness
14. Loving as Peacemaking
15. Loving as Enjoying
Part 3: Mission
16. An Apostolic Foundation
17. Defining the Other
18. The Triumph of Love
19. Mission as Friendship
Part 4: Navigation
20. Missional Diversity
21. Evaluating Paganism
22. Transforming Paganism
23. Request Ethics
24. Rethinking Creation
25. Navigating Sex and Marriage
26. Navigating Gender
27. Beyond Colonialism
28. Beyond Supersessionism
29. The Pastor’s Wisdom

Chris Tilling
— St. Mellitus College
Pauline Dogmatics is quite simply the most enjoyable biblical or theology related book I have ever read, and I consider it to be the best book on Pauline theology ever written. A superlative endorsement like this would make me cynical too, but I mean it. This is theology written not simply about Paul, but with Paul, under Paul, illuminating Paul, which reaches beyond the cerebral assault into my own life and practices with unnerving immediacy. And its penny-drop-moment-o-meter is off the scale! This is a dazzling Pauline dogmatics, animated by what matters most: the reality of God in Christ. As such it yields astonishing results. Prepare to have your minds scrambled, your interpretive tables overturned, your exegetical hair ruffled, and your theological horizons blown apart. With unique insight, Campbell slam-dunks the most important thing to get right when reading Paul, and he then pushes this through in what can only be called joyful directions. Utterly. Brilliant.”
Susan Eastman
— author of Paul and the Person: Reframing Paul’s Anthropology
“With stunning breadth and his trademark brio, Campbell passionately argues for the heart of Paul’s gospel and its transforming effects: the Lordship of Christ, the love of God, and the power of the Spirit unleashed in the world. A must-read for scholars and preachers alike.”

Jesus Creed
“This is nothing less than (echoing Karl Barth) a theology built on Paul. But there’s even more: it is nothing less than a pastoral theology of Paul, a Barth-shaped theology of Paul that focuses on Paul’s pastoral, missionary ministry of planting churches in Asia Minor and Greece.”

Calvin Theological Journal
“[Campbell’s] wide-ranging insights deserve attention and praise.”
Religious Studies Review
“Pauline scholars will find the book interesting, and systematic theologians may find the adaptation of Barth and the movement from Scripture to theology intriguing.”
“A detailed, carefully reasoned, and thought-provoking interpretation of Paul for our present day. The result is a rich resource for fruitful engagement with Paul, as well as with the welter of controversial issues facing the contemporary church.”
Benjamin Schliesser in The Journal of Theological Studies
"What impression remains after this tour de force through 29 sessions? While after my first encounter with Campbell’s work I was shocked, the reading of Pauline Dogmatics leaves me both without breath and with admiration. Campbell’s scholarly engagement with theologians, biblical scholars, and social scientists, as well as artists, songwriters, and film directors is impressive, as is the breadth of topics and themes. . . . The impact of the volume will not so much lie in the scholarly advances but in the pastoral and missional verve, which appeals not only to theologians in the academy but also church leaders, pastors, missionaries, and members of local congregations.”
Review of Biblical Literature
“There is very much to commend in Campbell’s book especially for the reader interested in grounding contemporary ethics biblically and theologically.”