The Paradox of Holiness and Faith in Search of Obedience: His Last Two Unpublished Works

by Donald G. Bloesch

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Retail: $39.95
Size: 6 x 9 inches
Binding: Stamped Case with Jacket
Pages: 200
Pub Date: August 2016
ISBN: 9781619707733
ISBN-13: 9781619707733
Item Number: 707733
Categories: Theology; Pastoral Helps

Product Description

For more than forty years, beloved American evangelical theologian Donald Bloesch published scholarly yet accessible works on Protestant beliefs and practices, while remaining in the mainstream of modern Protestant theological thought. Within these pages are his last two previously unpublished works. The Paradox of Holiness is how to live the spiritual life, and Faith in Search of Obedience is how Bloesch himself sought to live that life.

The Paradox of Holiness is a book of devotion as well as theology. It is a venture into the theology of the spiritual life (theologia vitae spiritualis), which flows out of a theology of the Word of God. We need to rediscover the paradox that only those who believe can become holy, but only those who make progress in holiness can believe in the giver and author of holiness—Jesus Christ.

Faith in Search of Obedience is Donald Bloesch’s spiritual autobiography—a theology based on a “faith in search of obedience.” Although we are converted when we are awakened to faith, this conversion must continue as we labor to realize the demands of faith in daily life. As Christians, we are called not only to articulate the faith but also to remain true to it on our earthly sojourn. The Christian life might be depicted as a pilgrimage of faith toward its transcendent goal—the perfection of love through the Spirit.

Author Bio

Donald G. Bloesch (1928–2010) was a noted American evangelical theologian who characterized himself a “progressive evangelical” or “ecumenical orthodox,” critiquing the excesses of both the theological Left and Right. Bloesch’s pietistic background and spiritual life lay at the heart of understanding his theology and how Christianity is to continue into the future. From 1957 until his retirement in 1992, he was professor of theology at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, where he continued as a professor emeritus. Today, the seminary’s library serves as the repository of his papers. He earned his PhD at the University of Chicago, followed by postdoctoral work in Oxford, Basel, and Tübingen. He served as president of the Midwest Division of the American Theological Society.

He says of his wife and editor, Brenda, whom he met in 1958 in Geneva, “I was placed at a table for English-speaking people, and across from me was a delightful, highly intelligent and beautiful woman named Brenda Mary Jackson.” A citizen of Great Britain, Brenda was a student at the University of London, finishing her doctoral thesis in French literature when they met. They married in 1962 and were together for over forty-seven years.