By Hans Burger
In this publication, the subject matter 'being in Christ' is analyzed in several views. the eye is targeted at the truth of 'being in Christ': its ontological implications. First, representatives of the Reformed culture are investigated: the English Puritan John Owen and the Dutch Neo-Calvinist Herman Bavinck. moment, a reconstruction of the Pauline and Johannine views on 'being in Christ' is supplied. 3rd, the subject matter is tested within the paintings of the English ethicist Oliver O'Donovan and the German-Swiss theologian Ingolf U. Dalferth. within the ultimate bankruptcy, the writer offers his personal systematic-theological suggestion of an idea of 'being in Christ.'
What does it suggest to "be in Christ" is a query that is going to the center of Christian identification. to reply to it with clean insights from Scripture (Apostles John and Paul), vintage Reformed theology (John Owen and Herman Bavinck), and to take action addressing modern demanding situations, is a striking fulfillment. And Hans Burger has pulled it off by way of refusing to set key topics equivalent to illustration and participation over opposed to one another yet embracing them in a fuller portrait. For breadth of scope, intensity of perception, and worthy pastoral program, works by means of different Reformed theologians are evoked: Donald M. Baillie's God used to be in Christ and Lewis B. Smedes's Union with Christ. This inaugural booklet is a promising public starting for this younger Dutch Reformed pastor/theologian.
--John Bolt, Calvin Seminary
Burger's Being in Christ is Reformed theology at its top. It engages the Reformed tradition--witness the in-depth research of John Owen and Herman Bavinck. It reports the appropriate New testomony material--notably the Pauline and Johannine writings. And it enters into fruitful discussion with modern theology--interacting either with Ingolf Dalferth and Oliver O'Donovan. within the approach, Burger pushes Reformed theology past theoretical reconstruction and highlights the powerful personality of the speech act of the gospel promise.
--Hans Boersma, Regent College
This is a thorough-going learn within which the voices of Scripture, the Reformed culture, and modern theological pondering are introduced into interaction with one another in a truly cautious and artistic approach. The force at the back of the probing ancient, biblical, and theological analyses is crystal-clear: the author's desire to therapy the 'neglect of Christ' in post-Barthian theology and to retrieve a transparent experience of how during which Jesus Christ determines not just the earlier but additionally the presence of the believer's courting with God. during this connection, Burger's notion for enriching classical Reformed theology with a biblically expert inspiration of participation in Christ merits critical attention, to assert the least. For in actual fact, Jesus Christ is simply too very important for religion to stay simply a determine from the past.
--Gijsbert van den breaking point, VU college, Amsterdam
Hans Burger is Minister of the Reformed Church (liberated) 'De Voorhof' in Franeker, the Netherlands.
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Being in Christ: A Biblical and Systematic Investigation in a Reformed Perspective by Hans Burger