God Is Not a Story: Realism Revisited

Hardcover | July 19, 2007

byFrancesca Aran Murphy

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A challenging critique of narrative theologies, including the works of George Lindbeck, Robert Jenson, and Herbert McCabe. Francesca Aran Murphy argues that the use of the concept of story or narrative in theology is circular and self-referential, and that the widespread notion that the roleof the theologian is to 'tell God's story' has not helped theology to advance the reality of its doctrines. Murphy contends that the scriptural revelation on which Christian theology depends is not a story or a plot but a dramatic encounter between mysterious, free, and unpredictable persons. Sheoffers her own alternative approach, making use of cinema and film theory, and engaging in particular in a dialogue with the work of Hans Urs von Balthasar.

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A challenging critique of narrative theologies, including the works of George Lindbeck, Robert Jenson, and Herbert McCabe. Francesca Aran Murphy argues that the use of the concept of story or narrative in theology is circular and self-referential, and that the widespread notion that the roleof the theologian is to 'tell God's story' ha...

Francesca Aran Murphy is Reader in Systematic Theology, University of Aberdeen.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.94 inPublished:July 19, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199219281

ISBN - 13:9780199219285

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Spectacle2. The Church as Anonymous Celebrity3. Naming God4. Theodicy and Melodrama5. A Close Run In with Death6. Cinematizing the Trinity7. Conclusion: A God Who Is Love