THE LIVING GOD OF NOWHERE AND NOTHING by Neis F.S. Ferre

THE LIVING GOD OF NOWHERE AND NOTHING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Taking as his foundation the affirmation that God is Ultimate Concern, Professor Ferre discusses five doctrines he believes to be basic for the church: God, Christ, The Bible, Christian Conduct, and the Church in its relation to modern problems. He characterizes his approach as ""fully radical and fully conservative."" The second may be more apparent to the reader than the first. The author rejects the term, theism, because of its dependence upon a substance theology. God is not ""being."" Likewise, he rejects ""process theology,"" as represented by Whitehead and Teilhard de Chardin, because of its failure to offer any ultimate goal or fulfillment. God is definable only in terms arising from himself: He is Spirit, Love, Father. But he is to be found nowhere; and he is no-thing. In developing this position, Professor Ferre seems at times to accept traditional doctrinal teaching more simply and more literally than he intends. He does this in reaction to what he seems to regard as the over-subtlety of modern theological thinking. But the answers to the questions he raises would seem at times to lie on the far side, not the near side, of the theological ideas he rejects. The book should be found helpful and stimulating by a wide range of readers concerned with the present state of theology and faith.

Pub Date: Nov. 13th, 1967
Publisher: Westminster