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Theology in a Suffering World

Glory and Longing

By Christopher Southgate



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In this book, Christopher Southgate proposes a new way of understanding the glory of God in Christian theology, based on glory as sign. Working from the roots of the concept in the Hebrew Bible, Theology in a Suffering World: Glory and Longing shows that 'glory' is not necessarily about beauty or radiance, but is better understood as a sign of the unknowable depths of God. Southgate goes on to show how John and Paul transform the concept of glory in the light of the cross. He then explores where glory may be discerned in the natural world, including in situations of pain and suffering. In turn glory is explored in the poetry of R. S. Thomas and the writings of the Jewish mystic Etty Hillesum. Finally, the book considers what it might mean for Christians to be 'transformed from one degree of glory to another': that might mean becoming a sign of the great sign of God that is Christ, and conforming their longing to God's longing for the Kingdom to come.

Product code: 9781107153691

ISBN 9781107153691
The book will be of value to scholars in universities and Christian churches, and also to university students from second-year undergraduates to those at Masters level, and those training for the Christian ministry. It will be of special interest to those focused on theology as an interdisciplinary exploration.