Knowing God in the Twentieth Century


Classical Christianity saw theology as the pursuit of understanding God’s self-revelation in history, a self-revelation that reframed human nature and experience. Contrary to this idea, modern thought focuses on human experience as the inescapable context—and sometimes the horizon—of human knowledge. In response, some theologians considered God to be merely a constitutive element of universal human experience, others sought to retain God’s ultimate transcendence.


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Jordan Wales is assistant professor of theology at Hillsdale College. He received his B.S. from Swarthmore College, his M.Sc. from the University of Edinburgh, a postgraduate diploma in theology from Linacre College at Oxford University, and his M.T.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.