Ian A. McFarland, David A. S. Fergusson, Karen Kilby and Iain R. Torrance (eds.), The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011)
Price: £130.00 / US$ 199.00
I am grateful to Cambridge University Press for the review copy.
The Christian doctrine of providence is well represented in The Cambridge Dictionary of Christian Theology. ‘Providence’ is listed as a core entry, which means that the entry should be regarded as a framework for understanding a number of other, shorter entries. Thus the reader can expect to read separate entries on ‘Concursus’, ‘Conservatio’, and ‘Gubernatio’; on ‘Divine Action’ and ‘Panentheism’; and on ‘Middle Knowledge’ and ‘Occasionalism’. ‘Process Theology’, which is something I’ve never really looked at in any depth beyond a couple of books, is a core entry, with links to entries such as ‘Theodicy’ and ‘Sin’, as well as to ‘Open Theism’. Interestingly, there is no entry on ‘Causation’, though an acceptance of the validity of the concept permeates much of the Cambridge Dictionary’s content.
here and here, plus his essays in God’s Life in Trinity and The Providence of God).
Denis Edwards and William Stoeger); and process theology (Ian Barbour). Russell defines and offers a brief criticism of each position, including his own bottom-up approach.
In the next – and final – part of this review, I shall consider the pros and cons of the Cambridge Dictionary.