Living before God

Hopeful Realism: Reclaiming the Poetry of Theology, by Douglas F. Ottati

This engaging and elegantly written set of essays is the fourth book by Douglas Ottati, who teaches at Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, Virginia. While this anthology stands on its own, those familiar with Ottati's work will recognize that he is developing a distinctive theological program.

Ottati demonstrates the continuing vitality of John Calvin's Reformed tradition by mining its rich treasures for contemporary theology and ethics. More specifically, he is deeply influenced by the North American continuation of this tradition in the work of Jonathan Edwards, H. Richard Niebuhr and James M. Gustafson. In the best sense of the word, then, Ottati's theology is "conservative" in its deference to a confession rooted in a particular history.

 

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