On the Christian Doctrine of God

  • Jack Verheyden
Part of the Library of Philosophy and Religion book series (LPR)


‘Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent, and believe in the gospel”’.1 This passage from the New Testament represents the origin of the Christian understanding of God, for this understanding commences with Jesus of Nazareth and has its central focus in his person, teaching, and the events connected with his life and destiny. This means that Christianity brings convictions about God and a particular historical manifestation together, it unites the ultimate nature of reality and a figure of the human past. Some life orientations appear to keep such matters sharply asunder but Christianity has accentuated their union. This must ever be kept in mind.


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