At my request, Cambridge University Press kindly sent me a review copy of Remythologizing Theology back in early 2010, and I made promises on this blog that I would soon be reviewing it. Now it’s October 2011, and I feel that I can make good on my promises.
The preface ably sets out the issues under discussion; here is one particularly clear summary of Vanhoozer’s aims:
The focal point in what follows is the nature of the relationship established by the dialogical interaction between God and humanity and its implications for the doctrine of God. The notion of communicative action throws new light on a host of theological issues, including the relation of divine sovereignty and human freedom, divine eternity and human time, divine immutability and human change.
Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Remythologizing Theology: Divine Action, Passion, and Authorship. Cambridge Studies in Christian Doctrine (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), p. xvii, emphasis original
Vanhoozer has argued previously for understanding providence in terms of divine communicative action (see his entry on providence in 2005’s Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible), so I’m interested in seeing how his thought has developed. I’m still not sure precisely how to review Remythologizing Theology – should I review each chapter, each section, or take some other approach? Regardless, I’m looking forward finally to sinking my teeth into this tasty-looking tome.