Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 2 (Summer 2016) - Page 109

VOLUME 11, NUMBER 2 A JOURNAL FOR THE THEOLOGY OF CULTURE such as Karl Barth (as the fountainhead) and Robert Jenson as representative of theologians who attempt to get beyond the metaphysics typically associated with the Thomist tradition that starts with Sonderegger’s emphasis of De Deo Uno, and who “post-metaphysically” attempt to narrate God as God has narrated himself in the economy of salvation history deposited for us in Scripture (pp. 6–7; 10–11). Of course her challenge then, and it is not lost on her, if she is going to claim to ground her emphasis of the Oneness of God upon the categories of Scripture, is going to be to somehow distinguish herself from the Barthian narrative tradition that also claims to ground its emphasis in Scripture, but with a Trinitarian shape (pp. 14–16). She makes a valiant attempt at this; I will let you the reader see how she fares in her attempt to do this as the rest of her chapter develops. There are a total of nine chapters in her Systematic Theology, and in each of them she continues to build and develop her case in regard to the primacy of God’s Oneness. Her book is organized thus: Part One. The One God: Chapter 1. The Perfect Oneness of God (pp. 3–22); Chapter 2. The Divine Oneness as Foundational Perfection (pp. 23–48). Part Two. The Omnipresent One: Chapter 3. The Perfection of the One LORD’s Hiddeness: His Omnipresence (pp. 49–150). Part Three. The Omnipotent One: Chapter 4. The Perfection of the One LORD’s Holy Humility: His Omnipotence (pp. 151–334). Part Four. The Omniscient One: Chapter 5. The Perfection of the One LORD’s Spiritual Nature: His Et ernal Omniscience (pp. 335–382); Chapter 6. Methodological and Transcendental Questions in Divine Omniscience (pp. 383–414); Chapter 7. The Doctrine of Illumination (pp. 415–468). Part Five. Final Things: Chapter 8. The Perfection of Divine Love (pp. 469–504); Chapter 9. The Divine Perfections and the Exegesis of Holy Scripture (pp. 505–530), Index (p. 531). What we get as we enter Sonderegger’s Systematic Theology is a tour de force from a contemporary theologian steeped in the classical theistic tradition, but not unaware of the modern developments as her engagement with Friedrich Schleiermacher, Karl Barth, Karl Rahner, Robert Jenson, Hans Frei, et al., illustrates. Even as she constructively and critically engages with the moderns she stays true to her classical theistic tradition as she seeks, in a very prominent way, to develop her approach from within a very biblical and Augustinian mode of language; her prose is quite elegant, and her writing exemplifies an aesthetic of language that might tantalize even the greatest of skeptics when it comes to engaging a doctrine of God under the classical theistic terms that she works from. Here is an example of her writing, and how she critically receives the classical theistic tradition of both Thomas Aquinas and St. Augustine (at length): 106