Book Giveaway Deal

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Jesus 12 24

Jesus 12 24 is a 24 hour online conference featuring 12 speakers from around the globe offering unique and passionate takes on Jesus.

If you buy a ticket you have the choice to engage live (for as long or as little as you want), or watch later, as each talk/Q&A will be recorded and distributed post conference.

Check out our line up, schedule, or about pages - and then...


We are so excited that Jesus 12 24 is only days away, and equally excited that David W Congdon is one of our 12 speakers. Amidst all this excitement we have decided that we want to give away a copy of his excellent THE GOD WHO SAVES: a dogmatic sketch - to one lucky person who buys a ticket before the conference starts.

More info below.  

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David W Congdon

David W. Congdon (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is an author, speaker, and scholar working in the area of theology and culture. After studying English literature at college he went to seminary to pursue theological study, where he specialized in modern Protestant theology, particularly the work of Rudolf Bultmann and Karl Barth. His current research explores the intersection of hermeneutics, intercultural theology, and modern Protestant theology. He is the coeditor (with W. Travis McMaken) of Karl Barth in Conversation. He is the author of The Mission of Demythologizing: Rudolf Bultmann’s Dialectical TheologyRudolf Bultmann: A Companion to His Theology, and most recently, The God Who Saves: A Dogmatic Sketch. He is currently at work on an edited volume on universalism for Baker Academic, a textbook introduction to Bultmann for Bloomsbury/T&T Clark, a Bultmann reader for Fortress Press, and a volume of Barth and Bultmann’s writings during the height of their debate for Cascade Books.

Topic: Finding Jesus Outside of Creedal Christianity

The church over the centuries has used creeds and confessions to identify who has the correct views about God, and especially about Jesus. Christian theology has frequently restricted itself to the concepts and norms defined by church orthodoxy. The problem is that such theology ends up confusing the gospel with a particular cultural moment in the church's history, thereby blinding itself to the presence of Jesus in other cultural moments. We need to decolonize our theology, but we also need to 'de-orthodox' our theology; we need to open our eyes and imaginations to the Spirit of Christ who is present and active in places where the church is often least likely to look.

The Book: The God Who Saves: a dogmatic sketch

Christian universalism has been explored in its biblical, philosophical, and historical dimensions. For the first time, The God Who Saves explores it in systematic theological perspective. In doing so it also offers a fresh take on universal salvation, one that is postmetaphysical, existential, and hermeneutically critical. The result is a constructive account of soteriology that does justice to both the universal scope of divine grace and the historicity of human existence.

In The God Who Saves David W. Congdon orients theology systematically around the New Testament witness to the apocalyptic inbreaking of God's reign. The result is a consistently soteriocentric theology. Building on the insights of Rudolf Bultmann, Ernst Kasemann, Eberhard Jungel, and J. Louis Martyn, he interprets the saving act of God as the eschatological event that crucifies the old cosmos in Christ. Human beings participate in salvation through their unconscious, existential cocrucifixion, in which each person is interrupted by God and placed outside of himself or herself.

Both academically rigorous and pastorally sensitive, The God Who Saves opens up new possibilities for understanding not only what salvation is but also who the God who brings about our salvation is. Here is an interdisciplinary exercise in dogmatic theology for the twenty-first century.

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