The God of Christian faith is, according to Peter Taylor Forsyth, a God of holy, righteous love. As a result, God’s intervention in human life is morally robust. It seeks the transformation of its recipients toward holy love, reaching its high points is in the cross of Jesus Christ. Paul Moser and Benjamin Nasmith expertly gather together twenty of Forsyth’s essays clarifying the nature and manifestation of God’s love. Forsyth contends that God is an active personal agent who desires interpersonal fellowship with humans, and that the authority governing that fellowship is His love. Attending to the experience of God in moral conscience, where one can experience forgiveness and redemption by God, Forsyth’s writing challenges readers to consider whether their experience includes an encounter with a God who manifests holy love.
Introduction: P.T. Forsyth in Focus
Part 1: Atonement and Revelation
1. The Atonement in Modern Religious Thought
2. Immanence and Incarnation
3. The Inner Life of Christ
4. Forgiveness through Atonement the Essential of Evangelical Christianity
5. Faith, Metaphysic, and Incarnation
Part 2: Christ and Christology
6. Revelation and the Person of Christ
7. The Disappointment of the Cross
8. Christ and the Christian Principle
9. Christ’s Person and His Cross
10. The Christianity of Christ and Christ our Christianity
Part 3: New Life in Christ
11. Regeneration, Creation, and Miracle I
12. Regeneration, Creation, and Miracle II
13. Veracity, Reality, and Regeneration
14. The Conversion of the “Good”
15. The Cross of Christ as the Moral Principle of Society
Part 4: Faith, Theology, and Religion
16. Faith and Mind
17. Intellectualism and Faith
18. The Moralization of Religion
19. Unity and Theology: A Liberal Evangelicalism the True Catholicism
20. Religion Private and Public
Endorsements and Reviews
This collection of well-chosen and rewarding essays conveniently gathers into one volume both a valuable resource for any student of Forsyth’s and a fitting introduction to some themes of central concern to one of the best theological minds the English-speaking world has produced.
Jason Goroncy, Senior Lecturer in Systematic Theology, Whitley College, Melbourne
When I learned Moser and Nasmith had collected some of Forsyth’s theological gems, I was ecstatic. May this well-selected and well-introduced set of essays spark or renew interest in an unjustly neglected pastor-theologian!
David Guretzki, Executive Vice President & Resident Theologian, The Evangelical Fellowship of Canada
Writing more than a century ago, P. T. Forsyth has much to teach us for the living of these days. This remarkable collection of essays offers fresh insight into the mind and heart of a theologian who experienced the ‘holy love’ of God and invites us to do the same.
Kenneth E. Kovacs, author of The Relational Theology of James E. Loder
Almost a century after his death, P. T. Forsyth’s theological voice is just as fresh and as relevant today as it ever has been. . . . This new selection of Forsyth’s essays should be welcomed and applauded not by students of historical theology alone, therefore, but by all those concerned to do constructive Christian theology for the twenty-first century.
Trevor Hart, St. Mary’s College, University of St Andrews