Systematic Theology: Volume 1: The Triune God
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Systematic Theology: Volume 1: The Triune God

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  72 ratings  ·  10 reviews
The Triune God, together with the forthcoming second volume, The Works of God, develops a compendious statement of Christian theology in the tradition of a medieval summa, or of such modern works as those of Schleiermacher and Barth. Theology, as it is understood here, is the Christian church's continuing discourse concerning her specific communal purpose; it is the hermen...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published May 3rd 2001 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published August 7th 1997)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 140)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Jacob Aitken
Robert W. Jenson’s systematic theology is refreshingly different from standard models. Loosely drawing upon older medieval and early Reformational loci, Jenson gives us a succinct yet profound model for presenting theology. True, Jenson does cover the standard loci (norms of authority, God, Christology, etc), but Jensons’s theology, either unlike others or more explicitly than others, operates from a common theme. Jensons’s theme is “the identity of God.” The way Jenson works this theme is simil...more
See David Bentley Hart's assessment, both critical and appreciative, of Jenson:

From the article, a conclusion that resonates with my own reading of Jenson:
"So, speaking for myself, I wish to say only that I find it impossible to have done with Jenson's work, or to cease returning to it as a challenge to refine and clarify my own understanding of the gospel. And whenever I make that return, I cannot help but feel that, in a small way, the experience is rat...more
This book is amazingly dense and only for the theological specialists or for those willing to read very, very, very slowly and break apart what Jenson says.

The content is beyond glorious. Jenson has quite the imagination, his main contribution to theology being a radical rethinking of eternity. The short story is "Eternity is time on steroids." God is an event, not a catnap, God is a person, not a form, God is a decision, not a state, and most movingly God is a capacious fugue. (Look that word u...more
G Walker
Jenson is not easy reading, but he is worth the effort. This (along with the second volume) is tremendously stimulating and edifying. He is, hands down, one of the English speaking world's, most important thinkers... Not just for protestantism or the West either. His contribution is catholic in the best sense of the word. Fair warning, he is "liberal", and I do not much care for liberal theology... but yet he does remain a faithfully committed disciple of Christ, and this oozes out in what he wr...more
Thoughtful and provocative, with perceptive insights into the history of doctrine and the Biblical data. Weaknesses include a failure to concisely define terms in places that would help both the reader and the argument as whole and an overreaching evaluation of the early Church Father's reliance upon Greek Philosophy.
Philosophically robust, ecumenically oriented, true to the biblical narrative, what more could you ask for in a systematic text. While heavily relying on Barth and Pannenberg for much of his material, Jenson is also conceptually unique and works their ideas into new and fascinating concepts. A must read.
"God is a great fugue. There is nothing so capacious as a fugue."
Excellent! Very creative work.
Jan 04, 2011 Jesse is currently reading it
Brilliant, epsecially chapter 3.
Dan Boyce
Read these two volumes!
Seungchan Park
Seungchan Park marked it as to-read
Jul 12, 2014
David Entwistle
David Entwistle marked it as to-read
Jul 01, 2014
Dexter marked it as to-read
Jun 29, 2014
John Lussier
John Lussier marked it as to-read
Jun 10, 2014
Tommy is currently reading it
Apr 27, 2014
Ante is currently reading it
Apr 30, 2014
Osvaldo marked it as to-read
Feb 28, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Robert W. Jenson has been a student of Barthian theology for many years and his doctoral dissertation at the University of Heidelberg earned Barth’s approval as an interpretation of his writings. A native of Wisconsin, Dr. Jenson attended Luther College in Iowa and the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Saint Paul, Minnesota, before studying at Heidelberg where he was awarded his Doctor of Theology,...more
More about Robert W. Jenson...
Systematic Theology: Volume 2: The Works of God Canon and Creed: Interpretation: Resources for the Use of Scripture in the Church On Thinking the Human: Resolutions of Difficult Notions The Triune Identity: God According to the Gospel Conversations with Poppi about God: An Eight-Year-Old and Her Theologian Grandfather Trade Questions

Share This Book