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Theology of the Presence and Absence of God


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Anthony J. Godzieba is professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University and former editor of Horizons: The Journal of the College Theology Society. His work in systematic, foundational, and philosophical theologies is published widely in various collections and in journals such as Theological Studies, Louvain Studies, and The Heythrop Journal. Most recently he has co-edited (with Bradford Hinze) Beyond Dogmatism and Innocence: Hermeneutics, Critique, and Catholic Theology (Liturgical Press, 2017).


"Anthony Godzieba's new book is a fascinating and informative passage through the main questions of Christian theology. It integrates a profound historical view on dogmatic theology, deep spirituality, and innovative theological concepts into contemporary research on God. Assessing the questions posed by the modern critique of religion, it offers convincing arguments on why we should neither cease to consider God as an essential topic of science nor as a possible dimension in our everyday lives."Kurt Appel, University of Vienna

"This scholarly, academic book is a theological treasure for all who study, pursue, or experience the paradox of the Mystery of God both as present and absent in one's life and in our world."
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"Clear, very well informed, and admirably argued, this book shows how, after all the changes in Western thought, we are still justified in holding that God is simultaneously present (available and knowable) and absent (mysterious and uncontrollable). God's love answers the deepest human longings. This work is a splendid example of authentic natural theology."
Gerald O'Collins, SJ, Jesuit Theological College, Australia

"Highly recommended for graduate classes on God and theologians wanting a refreshing and rather comprehensive exploration of territory mapped all too flatly in much modern theology."
Horizons "A recapitulation of the work of a lifetime in academic theology."
Catholic Book Review "An excellent, clearly written book. Godzieba reapplies traditional Christian thought on the knowledge of God to the contemporary debates on the presence and absence of God in a creative and engaging manner. The book is interesting both for more advanced scholars working on fundamental theology and the doctrine of God, and for teaching purposes, since it combines a lucid discussion of many traditional and contemporary theologians on knowledge of God with an interesting own argument."
Louvain Studies
"This book explores perennial questions and contemporary conundrums about knowing God. Considering venerable answers to these questions and their critics launches this endeavor. In conversation with the contribution of Walter Kasper at the crossroads of the heritage of natural theology and the confession of faith in the Triune God, this work navigates through postmodern frontiers and pioneers an aesthetic and performance approach to the encounter with the God of Jesus Christ that illuminates paths for Christian discipleship on pilgrimage in the world. An important achievement." Bradford E. Hinze, The Karl Rahner, SJ, Professor of Theology, Fordham University

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