Who Is God?

Catholic Perspectives through the Ages

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“‘Who is God?’ There is no more central—or highly debated—theological question. Drawing on the riches of the Christian, and specifically Catholic, tradition, as well as contemporary cultural resources, John Markey’s Who Is God? is learned and poetic, engaging and accessible. Markey and his colleagues Greg Zuschlag and Paul Contino, master teachers all, have provided an excellent and creative text for a broad readership. Highly recommended for undergraduate students, pastoral ministers, faith-related discussion groups, and all engaged in the quest for ultimate meaning in human life.”

Mary Catherine Hilkert
University of Notre Dame

“Informed by the best of contemporary theology and biblical studies, John Markey’s Who Is God? is wonderfully concise and surprisingly accessible. Carefully chosen poetry and literature serve as an entryway and invite the reader into a vision of a God of infinite loving compassion whose ‘heart’ is tuned to the cries of the poor. Remarkably thorough, Markey’s narrative deftly surveys the major historical developments and key figures who have honed and plumbed this vision through the centuries and ends by revealing the contemporary relevance of such an understanding of God.”

Wendy M. Wright, PhD
Professor of Theology
Creighton University

“In Who Is God?, John Markey’s vast knowledge of the Christian tradition is distilled and explained in clear and simple language. But such clarity and simplicity are in no way a ‘dumbing down’ of the tradition’s richness and complexity. On the contrary, it takes a master teacher to tell this story, and Markey succeeds admirably. Integral to the book as well are the artistic reflections of Greg Zuschlag and Paul Contino. They offer a wonderful context in which this story can come alive in readers’ experience.”

Stephen B. Bevans, SVD & Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD
Professor of Mission and Culture
Catholic Theological Union

“John Markey’s Who Is God? tackles a big question by telling the compelling story of a loving God who is profoundly interested in us, a God who is profoundly for us. With ample questions for reflection built around classic poetry and contemporary film, Who Is God? will prove a valuable conversation starter in college classrooms, parish programs, and adult study groups. It is a gift from teachers to teachers . . . and to their students.”

Edward P. Hahnenberg, PhD
John Carroll University

About This Book

Overview

The great question of the contemporary age is not whether God exists, but which God exists. If the reality of God pervades all aspects of human experience, then different types of knowledge can be used to explore this fundamental question.

In Who Is God?: Catholic Perspectives through the Ages, John Markey pursues this question by combining rich theological and historical scholarship with real-world connections. Drawing on diverse sources—from Scripture and church tradition to poetry and film—this text offers a thoughtful exploration of and engagement with Catholicism’s 2,000-year-old understanding of God.

Details

Weight 0.2 lbs
Dimensions 6 x 1.5 x 9 in
ISBN

978-1-59982-850-3

Pages

106

Item # 7074

Customer Reviews

“‘Who is God?’ There is no more central—or highly debated—theological question. Drawing on the riches of the Christian, and specifically Catholic, tradition, as well as contemporary cultural resources, John Markey’s Who Is God? is learned and poetic, engaging and accessible. Markey and his colleagues Greg Zuschlag and Paul Contino, master teachers all, have provided an excellent and creative text for a broad readership. Highly recommended for undergraduate students, pastoral ministers, faith-related discussion groups, and all engaged in the quest for ultimate meaning in human life.”

Mary Catherine Hilkert
University of Notre Dame

“Informed by the best of contemporary theology and biblical studies, John Markey’s Who Is God? is wonderfully concise and surprisingly accessible. Carefully chosen poetry and literature serve as an entryway and invite the reader into a vision of a God of infinite loving compassion whose ‘heart’ is tuned to the cries of the poor. Remarkably thorough, Markey’s narrative deftly surveys the major historical developments and key figures who have honed and plumbed this vision through the centuries and ends by revealing the contemporary relevance of such an understanding of God.”

Wendy M. Wright, PhD
Professor of Theology
Creighton University

“In Who Is God?, John Markey’s vast knowledge of the Christian tradition is distilled and explained in clear and simple language. But such clarity and simplicity are in no way a ‘dumbing down’ of the tradition’s richness and complexity. On the contrary, it takes a master teacher to tell this story, and Markey succeeds admirably. Integral to the book as well are the artistic reflections of Greg Zuschlag and Paul Contino. They offer a wonderful context in which this story can come alive in readers’ experience.”

Stephen B. Bevans, SVD & Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD
Professor of Mission and Culture
Catholic Theological Union

“John Markey’s Who Is God? tackles a big question by telling the compelling story of a loving God who is profoundly interested in us, a God who is profoundly for us. With ample questions for reflection built around classic poetry and contemporary film, Who Is God? will prove a valuable conversation starter in college classrooms, parish programs, and adult study groups. It is a gift from teachers to teachers . . . and to their students.”

Edward P. Hahnenberg, PhD
John Carroll University

About the Author

John J. Markey

John J. Markey, OP, PhD, is an associate professor of theology and director of the Doctorate in Spirituality Program at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He is also the author of Constituting Communion: The Theology of the Constitutions of the Church from New City Press.

Table of Contents

Introduction

God: Scriptural and Cultural Conceptions

  • GOD IN FILM EXPLORING LES MISÉRABLES, Greg Zuschlag
  • God in the Hebrew Scriptures
  • God in the Christian Scriptures
  • Hellenism
  • Heresy and Orthodoxy
  • The Christian Understanding of God after Nicea
  • Two Approaches, One Ultimate Mystery
  • GOD IN FILM VIEWER REACTIONS TO LES MISÉRABLES, Greg Zuschlag
  • Review Questions
  • Discussion Questions
  • Additional Resources

God: From Medieval to Contemporary Understandings

  • GOD IN POETRY INTRODUCING “GOD’S GRANDEUR,” Paul J. Contino
  • The Great Medieval Synthesis
  • The God of the Enlightenment
  • The Twentieth Century: Incarnation and the Trinity
  • Vatican II
  • Contemporary Perspectives
  • GOD IN POETRY IS IT “BOTH/AND” OR “EITHER/OR”? Paul J. Contino

Review Questions

Discussion Questions

Additional Resources

Conclusion

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